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How to use Media Creation Tool for Windows 10

How to use Media Creation Tool for Windows 10

Windows Media Creation Tool, the official tool to download Windows 10

One of the tools that we need to use when installing Windows 10 on a computer is Windows Media Creation Tool , a tool that allows us to create a bootable drive from which to install the latest available version of Windows 10 , so that we can always be on the latest version of the operating system no matter when we are installing it.

In this guide we will show you everything we need to know about this tool, as well as how to use it to have a Windows 10 drive with which to install the operating system, something that for some users may seem a bit intimidating, but over the years It has become increasingly simple and intuitive by both Microsoft and motherboard manufacturers, with UEFI interfaces that are more user-friendly than the older text-mode interfaces found in older BIOSes.

How to download Windows Media Creation Tool

In any case, the first thing we need to do is download the tool, called Windows Media Creation Tool , from the Microsoft website. It is a totally free tool, that does not require installation, and quite light, so that it will not take long to obtain it.

The only thing we should bear in mind is that the tool varies depending on the version of Windows, so it is advisable to download it every time we need to create a bootable drive if a few months have passed since the last time we did it , as Microsoft changes the ISO image provided to us as major updates are released.

Also, if we are not going to use it at the same time, it should be noted that we need to be able to find it on our computer making sure of its location , although this really applies to any file that we download from the Internet for later use.

Last but not least, it is a fairly light and basic tool that we can use from any Windows installation, even from safe mode with network functions, so in the event that we do not have a second computer from The one to create a drive to install Windows 10 again and the recovery options do not work for some reason, we can always use it from a damaged or portable installation.

Download Windows 10 and create an installation drive

Anyway, once we decide to create a Windows 10 bootable drive, we will need to meet some requirements, which are mainly to have enough space on the hard drive of our computer to be able to download the ISO image of Windows 10 , a USB drive from at least 8GB of capacity - although in many cases we will need at least 16GB drives due to discrepancies between formats - and of course an internet connection to download the operating system.

Once we make sure to comply with them, if we run the application, we will see that we are offered two options. One of them will update the computer from the Windows installation itself , so that if we select that option, we will be allowed to update to the latest version of Windows 10, whether we are in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or a version previous Windows 10.

On the other hand, the option most used by most users is to create an installation medium, which is where the USB drive would come into play if we need it, although we are also allowed to perform other actions such as saving the ISO file or burn a DVD. This option will also require us to select some data, such as the architecture of the target computer's processor, as well as the language , as we remember, although there is a box that allows us to collect the appropriate configuration for the computer on which the tool is running , creating an installation medium allows us to use it on another computer that may use a different architecture.

The option to store the ISO file is the one that works in a different way from the others, and that is, by selecting this option, we will find that the wizard will simply ask us for a location in which to store it, allowing us full access to it once Discharged.

This can be useful to create system modifications , or for example to run a virtual machine with the latest version of Windows 10, which, although we could also do with a USB drive, it ends up being a bit redundant when we can do it faster. with direct access to the ISO file.

On the other hand, there is the option of using both a USB drive and a DVD to burn our Windows 10 installation media, something that will be done through a simple wizard that will not ask for more than the letter of the drive in which we want to carry out the actions , which we can easily check in Team.

In any of the cases, once all the steps have been confirmed, we will simply have to wait for the corresponding image of Windows 10 that we need to download , as well as all the minor updates that the tool considers necessary to have a version of Windows 10 completely updated. Once that is done, we will also have to wait for all the data to be recorded in the selected medium, whatever it may be, and once finished we will be told that the process has finished satisfactorily –or not– and we can close the wizard and prepare to perform Windows 10 installation.


There really is not much more to say about this tool, and that is that the Windows Media Creation Tool is an extremely simple tool that does what it promises and does it well, without too many options that can confuse the end user and that, in short, allows us to reach our goal, which is to start installing Windows 10 quickly and easily, this being one of the simplest preparations to make for a change of operating system.

Although there are other more powerful or advanced tools, what Microsoft has really achieved is that we do not need to go to third-party tools to convert an ISO image of the operating system into an installable medium, but, just by going to the page of the company, we will have everything we need in one little program.