How to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB on Mac without Boot Camp

author_icon Adams Johnson time_icon Last updated: May 31, 2019 10:18 am tips_icon Windows 10

Earlier on, you were able to create Windows 10 bootable disc with the help of Bootcamp before Mac OS Mojave arrival. Mac OS X developers released it with a lot of cool features hype, but they had scrapped Bootcamp suite which caught users in a surprise. Honestly, speaking, this has delivered a series of unwelcoming experience to Mac OS lovers who are now struggling so hard to create Windows 10 bootable USB on Mac without Bootcamp. With this article, you are so lucky because we are going to feed you with knowledge and tricks to maneuver with the said problem effortlessly.

Part 1. Methods to Create Windows Bootable USB on Mac without Bootcamp

Even with the absence of the Bootcamp utility, you can effectively create a Windows 10 bootable USB. This is possible with the use of Terminal or third-party software such as Terminal and UNetbottin.

Method 1. Create Windows 10 Bootable USB on Mac Using UNetbottin

Universal Netboot Installer, widely known as UNetbottin, is a free and robust open source utility which is tasked to feasibly create bootable USB drives on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. Before using UNetbottlin to create a bootable Windows installer USB on Mac, download the Windows 10 ISO image and keep an eye on the following guide.

Step 1. Insert a USB drive into your Mac and launch the Disk Utility. On the Disk Utility primary window, select your USB device. After which you should click on the "Info" button and write down the device name correctly because you'll be asked for it later.

disk utility window

Step 2. Now, download and run the UNetbottin program on your Mac. On the new, select the "Diskimage" radio button and proceed to tap "…" for you to select a bootable ISO image for Windows 10.

select bootable iso image

Step 3. Hit "Open" when you feel that you have appropriately located your Windows 10 ISO file.

hit open

Step 4. Next, select "USB Drive" on "Type" drop-down menu and your device name on the "Drive" drop-down menu. Make sure it is the right device by referring to what you had noted down earlier. Last, click "OK" to immediately start the Windows 10 ISO image to the USB drive.


Step 5. Patiently wait for the process to complete. The time it will take is dependent on ISO file size.

Method 2. How to Create a Windows 10 Bootable USB on Mac Using Terminal

If you are that guy who rarely believes in third-party software, you can turn your attention and excitement to an excellent Terminal application. The Terminal app is quite engaging and does not prompt for additional software or plugin installation for you to create a Windows 10 bootable USB on Mac without Bootcamp.

Here is how to go about it:

Step 1. Plug in the USB drive into your Mac. Launch a Terminal Window and key in "diskutil list" command so that you can see all the disks attached to this Mac. Make sure to point out unique attributes for the USB drive you need to format. For this case, it is attributed to "disk2," and it"s about 32GB.

launch terminal

Step 2. Format USB disk at this stage. Execute the command below to format and provide it with "WIN10" as the new name. Note that # is a place holder for the disk identifier of this USB drive.

"diskutil eraseDisk MS-DOS "WIN10" GPT disk#."

erase disk

Step 3. Use the command below to mount the Windows 10 ISO image. Take the assumption that it is saved as "Downloads" folder. But in our tutorial case, it is mounted as a volume named "ESD- ISO."

"hdiutil mount ~/Downloads/your_windows_10_image.iso."

mount iso image

Step 4. You are ready now to copy all the files from the mounted ISO to your USB drive. Use the following command:

"cp –rp /Volumes/ESD-ISO/* /Volumes/WIN10/"

iso copy usb

Step 5. The process will finish after some few minutes.

Part 2. How to Burn a Windows 10 Bootable USB with Passper Winsenior

If you are a Windows user, then you can burn a bootable USB with an easy to use yet powerful third-party tool- Passper WinSenior. Passper Winsenior is a password recovery utility which is powerful enough to instantly create a bootable device and recover any Windows password regardless of its complexity. When you don"t have bootable disk to recover password don"t panic, follow the guide below to boot a USB device and recover Windows password:

Download, install and launch Passper WinSenior on your PC.

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Step 1. Prepare a blank USB. Enter the USB on an accessible computer, then hit Create button to create a reset disk, once completed, eject the bootable USB.

Step 2. Insert the burned USB into a locked PC, then select the brand and type of your PC to know which key you should press to enter Boot Menu, keep pressing the key you got to enter the locked computer into the boot menu using Passper Winsenior, and then select "Reset Windows Password."

choose a task

Step 3. Click on the user account you intend to reset the password.

choose aacount

Step 4. Create the new password for the account you had selected. Click "Reset."

enter new password

Step 5. Once a successful message appears, reboot the Computer. Later, use the new password to log in.

More Tips: How to Reset or Remove Windows Password Using a Boot USB

As we are highly vulnerable to forget passwords attached to our Windows system which we set by ourselves, bootable USB drives are there for our refuge. Once you have created one for your computer, you can use it as many times as you can to reset/remove the Windows password.

With the bootable disk, recover Windows password as follows:

Step 1. Plug in the bootable USB drive into the locked computer, and enter the wrong password normally. The "Reset password" link would open just under the password link. Click on this link.

reset link

Step 2. Click on the "Next" button on the "Password Reset Wizard" window, followed by selecting the appropriate bootable disk attached on this PC from the drop-down Menu. Hit on the "Next" button.

password reset wizard

Step 3. When the prompt opens, create the new password and confirm it. Provide a sensible new password hint. Finally, click the "Next" button.

enter new password

Step 4. Plug out the bootable USB drive and restart the PC. Use the new credentials to login when it powers on. That"s how you can recover Windows password quickly and with ease.


The process of recovering a Windows password is a bit sequential and a bit long. Therefore, prepare your Windows bootable disk in advance. But to recover password easily and elegantly use Passper WinSenior.

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By Adams Johnson to Windows 10

Posted on May 30, 2019 ( Updated: May 31, 2019 )

Passper editor since 2015, has over 20 years’ professional technology support experience. He has contributed nearly 100 articles to the site on topics that ranger from password unlocking for MS office/Windows, Windows tips to network security.