Install Guide

Automatic USB Maker

Before You Begin

The CloudReady USB Maker is our recommended method for creating a CloudReady USB installer. It guides you through the process of making a bootable CloudReady USB to prevent issues and save time.

CloudReady USB Maker only runs on Windows 7 and newer!

Alternate instructions for manually creating a USB installer are available for Windows, Mac, and Chrome. See the navigation menu to the left to select your OS in one of the "Manual Steps" sections.

The machine you use to create your USB installer does not need to match the one(s) you plan to install CloudReady on, so even if you are a Mac or Chrome OS user, we recommend temporarily switching to a Windows computer to create your CloudReady USB installer.


First, make sure you've downloaded the correct version of the CloudReady USB Maker:

  • If you are a current CloudReady customer, or have already signed up for a trial, download the USB Maker from on the Downloads tab. 
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  • You can start a 3 week trial of the Education or Enterprise Editions of CloudReady, totally free, by signing up at After signing up, you'll be able to download the USB Maker from
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  • If you are an individual user and don't need support or management, download the USB Maker for our free Home Edition here.

After downloading, open your Downloads location and double click the "cloudready-usb-maker" application, as shown below, to launch it.

Your downloaded file should appear similar to what is shown above.

This application requires admin privileges, so make sure to choose "Yes" on any security prompts from Windows, like the one seen below:

Create your USB

The CloudReady USB Maker will launch and guide you through the rest of the steps. The first screen you see should look like what you see below:

Follow along with the USB Maker's instructions. When it tells you the process is complete, you can remove your USB stick and proceed to the next step of this guide.