Making a Windows 10 USB flash drive is easy right? I have done it many times but I seem to forget the requirements so here they are:
- Minimum 5GB USB flash Drive
- Flash drive formated FAT32
- Active partition
You can get Windows in different ways: Download using Windows Media Creation Tool. Using this method will not provide you with a WIM file (if you don’t know what the heck that is, just ignore that). For most home users this method is the best. To download the ISO you will have to use the Chrome extension “User-agent switcher” to fake that you are using a Windows Phone to access the webpage. That way you will be allowed to download the ISO instead of Windows Media Creation Tool. Use Rufus to make the flash drive.
File sizes too big for FAT32? FAT32 can only have files less than 4 GB…
Check image for Windows version
If the ISO or flash disk has a WIM file you can run the command:
dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:"source_to_your_wim" /index:1
This will give something like:
Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool Version: 6.3.9600.17031 Details for image : D:\_Source\OS Deployment\OS Images\Windows 10\001_11-17-2017.wim Index : 1 Name : 001DDrive Description : <undefined> Size : 21 204 189 841 bytes WIM Bootable : No Architecture : x64 Hal : acpiapic Version : 10.0.16299 ServicePack Build : 15 ServicePack Level : 0 Edition : Enterprise Installation : Client ProductType : WinNT ProductSuite : Terminal Server System Root : WINDOWS Directories : 24006 Files : 111893 Created : 18.11.2017 - 02:01:32 Modified : 18.11.2017 - 02:01:34 Languages : en-US (Default) The operation completed successfully.
You can check the version number. For example `10.0.16299``is Windows 10, version 1709. And the edition states an Enterprise version.