Install Windows from a USB Flash Drive
If you are still using Windows 7 and not upgraded yet to Windows 10, we recommend you to upgrade it today or you may install Windows 10 using USB flash drive with step-by-step guide in this following article.
Windows 10 is one of the most used operating systems now days after the popularity of Windows 7. Microsoft has recently released Windows 10 Major update called 20H2.
Windows 10 is a highly enhanced operating system by Microsoft that contains lots of features as compared to older version of the OS (like Vista, Windows 7 and 8.1).
It can accept voice commands with the help of Cortana. All of the settings are in one place and many more.
How to Install Windows 10 Using a Pen Drive?
What you need?
- A working Windows PC with high speed internet
- 8 GB of Flash/Pen drive with free space
- Windows 10 ISO image, download here
- Media creation tool (to create a bootable USB), download here
Once you collect all above things, we need to create flash drive bootable for Windows 10 that we can use to install Windows 10 instead of Windows disk.
Insert flash drive into working windows PC. Make sure you are on the same computer where you have downloaded Windows 10 ISO
Then, watch below tutorial to create USB flash drive bootable:
Once the USB flash drive is created as bootable, unplug and insert into the computer in which you want to install Windows 10.
Caution: for safe and side, before we start the Windows 10 installation process, we recommend you to back up your personal or important data to any external drive and disconnect that external hard drive.
Install Windows 10 Step-by-Step with Pictures
Follow the steps given below to install windows 10 using USB flash drive. Do not skip any step and be patience while installation.
Step 1. Select first boot device to the flash drive:
- Now we need to access it’s boot menu in order to boot from USB flash drive for the first time only.
Boot menu can be accessed with F12 & F10 key for most of the manufacturers or may be vary.
Restart your PC and keep tapping F12 & F10 keys together.
- If doesn’t work for you Press Del or Delete key to get into BIOS settings and change first boot order to flash drive.
Then, press F10 key to save settings and reboot PC.
Step 2. It will initiate the Windows 10 installation process from USB flash drive and will show you Starting Windows.
Wait, until the next option come up on your screen.
Step 3. Here’s, the Windows setup will start and it comes with an option to choose the language to install.
No need to change anything if preferred English language, just click on the Next button given.
Step 4. Click Install now button to continue the Windows 10 installation.
Step 5. On the next screen, it can ask you for the Windows product key. The product key is a license to you to use Microsoft product.
If you have that 25-digit alphanumeric key, you may type and click Next to continue or you can Skip and will activate later by using the Windows activator (available at the end of this article).
Step 6. You will see another screen that asking you Which type of installation you want?
Select Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) to continue.
Step 7. Here, you will see your hard drive partitions. Select hard drive and click next button to continue the Windows 10 installation.
Step 8. Windows 10 installation will be started and it starts copying files and other features. You just need to wait.
If you have changed boot order to USB from BIOS settings (Step 1 –> option 1) then, its mandate to make BIOS setting default on its first restart while installing Windows 10.
Otherwise it will keep doing the same process in a loop.
While installation is in process, your computer will restart 2-3 times automatically so, don’t worry and let it be done the task automatically.
It will take around 30-35 minutes to do the complete installation.
Lastly, you will reach in the initial setup screen to setup user account, protection, location, WiFi, language, etc.
Check below video tutorial or follow on screen steps to finish this
Finally, it will start to personalize your settings and prepare your desktop screen and that’s all.
At last, if you have not used any product key to license you Windows 10 OS. By this way shown on this article you can install windows 10 using USB flash drive.
Now, You may activate by using the Windows 10 activator, download here.
[Read: How to Install Windows 7 with USB Drive?]