How to Install Windows 10 from USB
In today’s guide we will take you through the steps on how to install windows 10 from an USB.
Whether you want to upgrade your system or even if you are installing windows 10 on your computer for the first time. This guide will walk you through the whole process of getting windows 10 on your computer from a USB with a few easy steps. Just make sure you follow each step and you will be good to go.
1. Check if your system can actually support Windows 10
First and foremost, you must ensure your computer meets Microsoft’s minimum hardware requirements. Once you have ensured that your system meets the minimum requirements we can proceed to the next steps.
To check whether your system supports Windows 10, go to this page.
2. Download Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool
In the second step, we will be downloading Microsoft’s Media creation tool. This tool has been designed by Microsoft solely for the purpose of creating a bootable device that can be used to install windows.
To get this tool you will have to go to this page from Microsoft and download it.
After you have downloaded the tool, launch it.
You will have to accept the terms and conditions. Read them properly, then click on accept.
3. Create a bootable device on an USB
After you have downloaded the tool and launched it. You will be prompted with an “accept terms and conditions” page. Accept it and once you have done so, click on the “Create installation media for another PC” option.
Now that you have done that, you will need to get a USB drive on which you will be installing the installation files. Insert the drive. Now go to the media creation tool and select the variant of windows that you want. If you are not running a very old pc then you should definitely select a 64-bit version of whichever windows variant you choose. Keep the check mark on and click next.
Once you are done selecting your windows variant, you will need to choose where to install the media files on. On the selector screen, navigate to the USB drive that you have previously inserted on your pc. For installing windows through a USB stick, make sure that it is at least at a minimum, 8GB in capacity.
After you have selected the drive, the tool will start downloading all the files for windows 10.
After the Microsoft media creation tool has completed the downloading into your device it will prompt you about the same. Once the downloading is completed, we can finally move to the next step.
4. Change boot order from BIOS settings
In order to do this, you will first need to go to your computer’s BIOS settings.
To do so, restart your computer, while it restarts you have to keep tapping one of the function keys which can be any of these keys: F12, F10, F2, F1, and in some cases the DEL key as well. You can check your system manual if you cannot find it. Once you do, navigate to ‘boot order’ or any option that looks similar to that. After you are in the boot order menu, select the device which you are using to boot windows 10 from. In this case, we are using a USB storage device. So we will select it to be at the top of the list. After you have done so, you need to save the settings.
5. Exit the BIOS
This will restart your computer. Also, your computer will now start booting using the USB device that we selected for the windows 10 installation process.
6. Start the Windows 10 installer
Once you have exited the bios menu, your computer should restart and you should be booted up and ready to go for the next step. This step is the actual installation process. Simply select your preferred language, date, and input method and click on next.
Click on “Install Now”.
7. Enter your Windows 10 product key (or don’t)
After you click the “Install Now” button, you will be quickly prompted into a window where you will be asked to enter your product key. If you have a windows 10 product key available with you then enter it. Otherwise, don’t worry you can still install windows 10. If you have entered the key, click on “next” if you don’t have the key then simply click on “skip”. Regardless of it, It will take you to the next page. Accept the terms and conditions and click on “next”.
8. Select the type of Windows 10 installation.
Click on “Custom install”. Now select where you want to install Windows 10.
It should show you two partitions, one for the system called ‘System Reserved’.
And the other one should be the Primary storage partition. We will select on “Primary”.
At this point, you have a few options to choose from below. You should not try experimenting with any of them as far as we suggest but if you want your hard drive to be clean and completely empty( remove all previous files from your hard drive) then you can select the primary partition and click on “format”. If you don’t format it, the files and folders will be saved in another folder called the ‘windows.old’ folder.
Anyway, regardless of whether you formatted your hard drive or not, we will click on the ‘next’ button again. This should start your windows 10 installation.
9. Wait…wait and keep waiting
Depending on the type of device you are using, (in this case, we are installing Windows 10 from USB), the installation can take more than an hour.
At this stage, you have already done the important stuff and the installer will handle the rest of it for you. I would suggest grabbing a nice warm cup of coffee while you wait and give yourself a pat on the back for doing an awesome job so far!
Also remember that during this process, your pc may restart a few times. It’s completely normal for it to do so. This is why it’s better you stay away from your PC while the installation process completes.
10. Set up Windows 10
Once the installation is done, windows will ask you to complete an initial set up. Make sure you read all the options carefully and select them accordingly. After that, you will be asked to set a username and a password. Add a username, you can leave the password section empty if you want.
11. Enjoy your new Installation of Windows 10 from USB
You have done a terrific job so far! And the results really show.
Once you install Windows 10 from USB you will have to enter a product key if you haven’t already, make sure you add it later on. For now, though, enjoy your new windows 10 based system!
How to Install Windows 10 from USB–Conclusion
So these were the steps on how to install windows 10 from USB on your computer. If you followed all the steps correctly, then the installation process should have been a breeze for you. And always make sure to use a genuine copy of windows 10. You may also want to read How to fix a slow computer (speed up your PC) if your PC seems slow.