Create a USB Drive for Windows Server 2016 Installation For UEFI Systems




The at least a 8GB USB drive has to be formatted in FAT32
The USB needs to be GPT and not MBR
Copy all files from the ISO to the USB drive

This is it, and here is how you do it:

First plugin your USB drive to your computer. The USB drive should be bigger than 6GB.

Open a CMD prompt or PowerShell using the Run as Administrator option and open diskpart. Now you can do list all this by using

list disk

Select the USB disk, in my case this was disk 1

select disk 1 (Be careful Select the correct Disk)

Clean the disk. Be careful this will remove all files and partitions on the USB media.


Now convert it to GPT

convert gpt

Create a new primary partition. But make sure the partition is not greater than 16GB otherwise it can be formatted with FAT32.

create partition primary

# If your USB drive is bigger than 16GB use the following command

create partition primary size=16000

Format the partition with FAT32

format fs=FAT32 quick

Assign a drive letter to the volume

assign letter=k

now you can exit the diskpart and copy all files from the Windows or Windows Server to the USB drive and boot it. This works with Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016 or even Hyper-V Server in the same editions.


If Install.wim is larger than 4GB, you cannot copy the file to the drive, because of theFAT32 based partition limitation. The solutions for this is to split the wim file into smaller files.

split wim file using dism (you may have to change the drive letters):
dism /Split-Image /ImageFile:e:\sources\install.wim /SWMFile:k:\sources\install.swm /FileSize:4096

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