Skip to main content
  • Place orders quickly and easily
  • View orders and track your shipping status
  • Enjoy members-only rewards and discounts
  • Create and access a list of your products
  • Manage your Dell EMC sites, products, and product-level contacts using Company Administration.

How to Create Windows Installation Media for Windows 11, Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 using the Media Creation Tool

Summary: Create Windows installation media for Windows 11 and 10 with Media Creation Tool. Choose your media type (USB or DVD) and follow easy steps for OS upgrades or reinstalls.

This article may have been automatically translated. If you have any feedback regarding its quality, please let us know using the form at the bottom of this page.

Article Content


Table of Contents

  1. Before You Begin
  2. Creating Windows 11 Media
  3. Creating Windows 10 Media
  4. Creating Windows 8.1 Media
Note: Dell Technologies recommends using the Dell OS Recovery Tool to download the OEM version of Windows that was shipped with your device. Dell provided recovery images for your device contains supported drivers and Dell apps. Learn How to Download and Use the Dell Operating System Recovery Image.


The media Creation Tool can be downloaded directly from Microsoft and is especially useful if you must create installation software for the operating system. This is best used when you have Windows on one computer and want to upgrade additional devices that you own as well. Similarly, if you are making hardware upgrades to your computer and must reinstall Windows, having a physical copy of the software can be incredibly useful.


1. Before You Begin

You can download the Media Creation Tool directly from Microsoft (Relevant links are below depending on Version). This tool works on Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 7. It is not necessary to enter your Windows product key when creating the Install Media or ISO File.

Before you start, here is what you may need:

  • You need a computer with a stable Internet connection. The download is roughly 4 GB and the time that it takes to download varies based on your connection speed and other factors.
  • You need a USB flash drive with at least 4 GB of space. Microsoft recommends using an empty drive as any existing content will be deleted.
  • A blank DVD with a DVD writer. This requires a DVD writer on the computer that you are using to create the media, and a DVD player on the computer that you want to install on.

Back to Top

2. Creating a Windows 11 Installation Media

If you must install or reinstall Windows 11, you can use the Windows 11 media creation tool to create your own installation media using either a USB flash drive or a DVD.

  1. Open the Microsoft support website: This hyperlink is taking you to a website outside of Dell Technologies..
  2. Under the Create Windows 11 installation media section, click Download Now.
  3. Double-click the MediaCrationToolW11.exe file to launch the tool.
  4. Click Accept to agree to the terms.
  5. (Optional) Clear the Use the recommended options for this PC option.
    Clearing Use the recommended options for this PC option
    (Figure 1. Clearing Use the recommended options for this PC option)
  6. Click Next.
    Note: If you are creating a Windows 11 USB for another device, you can also clear the Use the recommended options for this PC option to select the correct language, architecture, and edition.
  7. Select the USB flash drive option.
    Selecting USB flash drive option
    (Figure 2. Selecting USB flash drive option)
  8. Click Next.
  9. Select the USB flash drive from the list.
    Note: Ensure that it does not have any important files as this process erases everything on it.
  10. Click Next.
  11. Click Finish.
  12. Once you complete the steps, you can start a device using UEFI with the USB drive to install Windows 11.

Back to Top

3. Creating a Windows 10 Installation Media

If you must install or reinstall Windows 10, you can use the Windows 10 media creation tool to create your own installation media using either a USB flash drive or a DVD.

  1. Download the relevant version from This hyperlink is taking you to a website outside of Dell Technologies..
  2. Select the appropriate version for the computer that you are running the tool on, either a 32-bit or 64-bit computer.
    Note: Either version of the tool allows you to create a 32-bit or 64-bit image.
  3. Locate the downloaded file, right-click the .exe file, and select Run as administrator.
  4. If you are upgrading your computer, select Upgrade this PC now, and follow the instructions to complete the upgrade.
  5. If you want to create media for a different computer, select Create installation media for another PC, and click Next.
  6. Select the Language, Edition (Pro, Home, and so on) and Architecture (32 or 64-bit) and click Next.
  7. Select either USB flash drive or ISO file (This must be burned to a DVD after the ISO file is created).
    Note: If a USB flash drive is selected, ALL data will be wiped, and the drive should be at least 4 Gb in size.
    Note: If an ISO is created, then this will either be mounted, or burned onto a DVD.
  8. After the image is downloaded and the media is created, select Finish.
  9. The tool cleans up any temporary files and exit

Back to Top

4. Creating a Windows 8.1 Installation Media

These steps as an example create a USB flash drive for installing Windows 8.1 media. Follow these steps:

  1. Download the relevant version of the ISO file from the Microsoft Software Download pageThis hyperlink is taking you to a website outside of Dell Technologies..
    Note: You must select the appropriate Edition and Language if you are reinstalling to avoid any activation errors.
  2. Select the appropriate version for your computer, either 32-bit or 64-bit.
  3. Once the ISO file has been downloaded, follow these instructions from Microsoft on creating a bootable USB or DVD to install or reinstall Windows 8.1.

Back to Top

Additional Information

Recommended Articles

Here are some recommended articles related to this topic that might be of interest to you.

Out of Warranty support Out of warranty? No problem. Browse to the website and enter your Dell Service Tag and view our offers.

NOTE: Offers are only available for US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, China, and Japan personal computer customers. Server and Storage not applicable.

Article Properties

Affected Product

OptiPlex, Vostro, Latitude, Vostro

Last Published Date

22 May 2024



Article Type