There are two ways to create Windows 10 Technical Preview bootable media: USB drive or DVD. While you may think DVD is outdated technology, many computers still can’t boot from USB drives through their BIOS settings.
We’ll show you how to create a bootable disk for installation, so that you can easily install Windows 10 Technical Preview on your computer or virtual PC.
Creating a Windows 10 Technical Preview USB Drive or DVD
The easiest way to get stared with the Windows 10 Technical Preview is to create a bootable USB drive.
You’ll start by downloading the ISO from Microsoft by visiting this link. Make sure to choose the right version for your computer or the computer you’ll be installing or upgrading on.
Once the ISO is downloaded, you’ll want to use any number of programs to create a bootable USB drive. You can use:
Yes, you can use the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to create a bootable USB drive for Windows 10. (They really need to update the name of that tool. Although it says Windows 7 it works just fine even with Windows 10 technical preview)
We’ve shown you how to use WinUSB Maker in the past, we’ll show you how to use the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool for Windows 10 now. One of the biggest perks of using this tool is you can create either a USB or DVD.
Our steps will show you how to create a USB drive. Luckily for you, the same steps can walk you through how to create a bootable DVD, too. We’ll point out the differences as we go along.
Download the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool here.
The installation process is simple. Double-click what you downloaded, follow the prompts, and once the tool is installed, you can begin creating your bootable USB or DVD media.
The first step is to choose your ISO file. Click “Browse” to continue.
Navigate to where you saved the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO. Make sure you downloaded the right version. Click on it, then click “Open.”
If you’re making a DVD, click “DVD.” Otherwise, click “USB device” to continue.
If you haven’t already plugged in a USB drive, do so.
Select it from the menu, then click “Begin copying.”
Your USB drive will need to be reformatted before continuing. Click “Erase USB Device” to start the process.
You’ll be prompted one more time to confirm you want to delete the contents of your USB drive. Click “Yes” to do so.
Now, the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool will begin the formatting process.
Once that’s finished, it’ll begin creating Windows 10 bootable media for you.
Depending on your PC, and what else you’re doing at the time, this can take upwards of five minutes. The less you’re doing, the quicker the process will be. We recommend closing all apps, windows and programs, then walking away for a bit while it works.
When finished, the tool will let you know, and then you’ll just need to change your BIOS settings to reflect how you’ll boot up your PC.
From there, you can walk through the normal steps to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview when you have the time.
The Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool makes it easy to get bootable media in no time with minimal hassle.
Troubleshooting the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool
For the most part, the download tool is self-explanatory. If you run into issues, chances are you downloaded the wrong version of Windows to use for your PC. Make sure you double-check this before you begin the process, otherwise you’ll just waste your time.
If you can’t create a bootable USB drive or DVD with the download tool, you may want to try to use another similar tool like WinUSB Maker or Rufus – which we have mentioned above. Some PC users have reported that the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool didn’t work with the Windows 10 Technical Preview but no fix has been found, yet.
As you can see, using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool is probably the quickest way to get bootable media for the Windows 10 Technical Preview. You can create a USB or DVD, based on what your PC can boot from, and then you can get started with trying out the Windows 10 Technical Preview yourself.