Large-quality, well-crystallized growth of ZnO nanowires was done via non-catalytic thermal evaporation process on silicon substrate only by using metallic zinc powder and oxygen as source materials for zinc and oxygen, respectively. The electrical properties of the as-grown ZnO nanowires were examined by fabricating a single nanowire based FETs which were fabricated via two approaches, i.e., back- and top-gate approaches by using electron beam lithography (EBL) and photolithography processes. ZnO FETs electrical properties were characterized by I(DS)-V(DS) and I(DS)-V(GS) measurement. The fabricated single ZnO nanowire based FETs by back- and top-gate approaches exhibited field effect mobilities of approximately 4.25 and approximately 12.76 cm2/Vs, respectively. Moreover, the carrier concentrations for the fabricated back- and top-gate FETs were approximately 1.6 x 10(17) and approximately 1.37 x 10(18) cm(-3), respectively. From our studies it was observed that the fabricated top-gate FETs exhibited higher and good electrical properties as compared to ZnO nanowire FETs fabricated using back-gate approaches.