How to Install Windows 10 from a USB Drive

Want to install Windows 10, but your computer or laptop doesn’t have a CD or DVD? By using a USB drive, it is now easy and hassle-free to install your new Windows.

Latest OS, such as Windows 10, has upgraded features like improved Start Menu, Universal applications, Cortana digital assistant, and interface. Having Windows 10 installed on your computer, you can find, download and install different Windows applications from the Universal Windows store. It is proven that the OS improved in speed, was more secure and reliable.

Creating a Windows 10 Bootable USB

Once everything is ready, you need to make your USB flash drive bootable.

Follow the steps below.

1. First, insert your USB drive into the computer that you’ll use to format the USB drive.

Note: Any files or data on the drive will be erased during the setup.

2. Visit the Microsoft website and go to the Windows 10 download page. Scroll down, and you’ll see the section  “Create Windows 10 Installation Media”, click the “Download Tool Now” button.

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3. When the download is finished, run the installation file to launch the setup wizard.

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4. Click “Yes” to continue.

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5. Under “Applicable notices and license terms”, click the “Accept” button.

Applicable notices and license terms

6. After accepting, you’ll be prompted to the “What do you want to do?” page. Click the “Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC” and then click “Next.”

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7. On the “Select language, architecture, and edition” page, select the language, edition, and architecture you want to use. Click the dropdown to expand and see other options. Click “Next” to proceed.

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8. Now it’s time which media to use. Since you’re using a USB drive, click the “USB flash drive” and then click “Next.”

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9. With your USB drive inserted into the computer, it will appear under the list. If not, click “Refresh the drive list.” Then select your USB drive from the list and click the “Next” button.

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Note: After that, the download will now begin. 

10. After downloading, click the “Finish” button and safely remove the USB drive.

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 Now that you’ve prepared your bootable USB drive, you’ll need to set the boot order. Your USB drive should be at the top of the boot order list so that the computer will recognize the USB drive first.

1. Insert the USB drive into the USB port of your computer.

2. Start your computer and press the appropriate keys to launch the UEFI or BIOS controls at startup.

To Access BIOS:

Restart your computer and press a specific key at the start of the boot process. This key is generally displayed on-screen during the boot process. For example, you may see a message that says “Press <DEL”> to enter setup” or “Press F2 to access the BIOS.” Press the keys to access your computer’s BIOS.

To Access UEFI:

UEFI firmware which is in the newer PCs that came with Windows 8 or 10, you don’t need to press a key. 

To go to UEFI firmware, use this steps:

Open Settings > Update & Security > Recovery, under the “Advanced Startup” section click the “Restart now”  button.

Settings to access UEFI

Then click Troubleshoot > Advanced options > UEFI Firmware settings and then click “Restart.”

UEFI Firmware Settings

3. When the UEFI or BIOS setup appears, go to the “Boot” menu and select your USB drive from the option, then click “Save and Exit.”

4. Choose your preferred Language, Time, and Keyboard settings. Click “Next” to continue.

preferred language

5. Click the “Install Now” button to begin the  Windows 10 installation.

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6. You’ll need a product key to complete the setup. Input the product key in the box below if you have one, and then click “Next.”

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Note:  For those who don’t have a product key click the “I don’t have a product key” button and then click “Next.” This way, you can still use the limited version of Windows.

7. Select the Windows version to use. If you have a product key, make sure to select the version you’ve purchased.

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8. In the “Accept the License term” page, tick the checkbox “I Accept the License Terms,” and then click “Next.”

9.  After accepting, choose what installation type you want to perform. If you want to do a fresh installation, choose “Custom.” And if you want to upgrade your Windows, choose “Upgrade: Install Windows and keep files, settings, and applications.”

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10.  Now, select the drive or partition where you want to install Windows, and then click “Next” to proceed to begin the installation.

Now that you have already installed Windows 10, you can now use it and customize the default settings to your preferred settings. Different Windows OS has its own disadvantages but it does not overshadow the advantages of this latest Windows Version.

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