How To Create A Dual-Boot Windows 10 Installation USB Drive [Tutorial]
Creating a bootable USB drive has become a common task for a tech-savvy user. With a bit of practice, it becomes an easy task like snapping your finger. Today I’m going to share with you a more advanced version of what you were doing already. In this tutorial, I will give a step by step guide on how you can put two Windows 10 versions on one USB stick to make it dual bootable.
Why will you be needing a bootable USB disk? Well, in case you are Microsoft beta user and switch frequently between Stable and Insider build of Windows 10 then it’s good to have both stable and insider build on a flash drive so you won’t have to install both versions of Windows 10 every time you like to change Windows. In another case, your Windows can get corrupted in that case too a bootable flash drive will come handy. Here I will show you how to do just that. Let’s get started, shall we?
How To Make Dual Bootable USB Drive With Two Windows 10 Versions [Tutorial]
- Choose a flash drive (preferably blank, and at least 16 GB in capacity).
- If it’s blank already, please go to step 6.
- If it’s not blank, please go to step 4.
- Backup any important files on your flash drive.
- After backing up your files, quick format the flash drive.
- Download Easy2Boot from here.
- Unzip the downloaded file to a folder in your Downloads folder or on your Desktop (recommended folder naming: E2B or Easy2Boot).
- Go to the folder and run the “MakeE2B_USB_Drive(run_as_admin).cmd” file.
- Now go and download the Windows 10 ISO files you need.
- For the stable (consumer or RTM version) of Windows, you’ll need to grab a copy of the Windows Media Creation Tool from here.
- After the tool is downloaded, run it. You’ll see a UAC prompt, requesting administrative privileges.
- Select the “Create installation media for another PC” option.
- Select the appropriate options under Language, Edition, and Architecture.
- Select the option to download to an ISO file.
- You will be prompted to save it. Feel free to save it wherever is most convenient (although I would recommend placing on the Desktop, where it’s easy to find).
- You’ll see a download progress statement.
- After downloading the files, the tool will prepare your ISO file.
- After preparations finish, click Finish (since we won’t be burning the file to a DVD).
- For the Insider Preview build, go here.
- You’ll be prompted to log in with your Microsoft account.
- If it’s already registered, you can skip the next step.
- Join the program, if you aren’t already a member.
- After logging in, on Insider page check for System Requirements before downloading any Preview Build.
- Scroll down to “Select Edition” and choose from the latest builds available. As of now, the insider build (Windows 10 Client Insider Preview – Build 17713 English) is older than my already installed Consumer build (Windows 10, version 1803), whenever they are available you can go ahead and download it from this page.
- Once the files are downloaded, make copies and then drag-and-drop the copies to the _ISO\WINDOWS\WIN10 folder.
- Once the files are copied and you’re sure they’re in the appropriate location, go to the root directory of the flash drive and run the “MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_CONTIGUOUS.cmd” file, to make the drive bootable.
This tutorial is not Windows-only; it can be used with Linux and DOS ISOs as well, so this could be used to create a Swiss Army knife disc, that boots from Windows 10/8.x/7/Vista/XP, Ubuntu/Fedora/Linux Mint/openSUSE/Mandriva/any Linux distro, as well as tool-based/recovery distributions, so your flash drive could become the ultimate Windows repair disk with this tutorial.
Please feel free to comment any tips, questions, or issues you have about/with this tutorial!