Install Windows from USB through the Windows BIOS settings is a simple approach to Install Windows 10 OS using a bootable device like USB or DVD or a flash drive.
When you burn Windows .iso on DVD or USB you turn the USB into a bootable and as such you can use the USB drive to install your Windows 10 on another computer.
The approach to burn ISO to USB to Install Windows 10 ISO from a USB isn’t too technical. However, the only approach is to access the Windows 10 BIOS settings, select boot from USB and see the PC installing the new OS or upgrading if you are upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
On the verge of installing Windows from USB, we have discussed how you can easily burn Windows .iso file on USB, access the BIOS settings, and instal Windows from the drive.
However, we have a series of tools to create a bootable USB to turn the USB drive to a Windows 10 installer. These tools are developed by various experts to make sure that you can easily transfer Windows 10 .iso file to your USB, insert the USB to a computer and install Windows 10 directly from the said USB drive without jeopardizing your Windows.
All these tools to create Bootable USB work in the same way and support both Windows 10 32 bit and 64-bit architecture. Therefore, whichever of these tools is best to create a bootable USB ( to run .iso on USB) you will be able to install your Windows 10 from the USB.
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Install Windows 10 from USB Prerequisite
These are what you will need to install Windows 10 from a bootable USB drive.
- Download Windows 10 .ios from Microsoft website using Windows Media Creation Tool or download Windows 10 .iso USB/DVD tool
- An empty USB drive that has at least a minimum of 4GB size
- A tool to create a Bootable USB with the .iso (image disc)
- Windows 10 BIOS key to access the BIOS settings to boot the bootable USB when you restart your PC.
- Windows activation keys if you are upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
- An internet connection to update Windows 10 security settings if there is an update available.
When you have the above ready, then you can follow the procedures I will share below to burn Windows 10 .iso on USB to make the USB a bootable USB and install Windows 10 from the USB
Download Windows 10 .iso File
Windows 10 .iso file is an image disc that can only be opened when burning on a removable drive like a USB or DVD drive. The .iso file is mainly useful when you burn it on a removable device to make it bootable on support device like a Windows computer.
The Windows media creation tool can be used to download Windows installer on Windows but not the .iso file. However, to download Windows .iso file, a walk around is required to bypass the Windows media creation tool update download for Windows 10.
To do this, you have to tailor your browser to bypass the Windows OS download automatic rule into downloading .iso file for offline use to be able to use it to create a bootable USB drive that can be used to install Windows 10 from the drive. If you do not want to use a USB you can use other removable such as DVD, Pen Drive, Floppy disc, etc.
- Go to Microsoft Windows USB/DVD Download page
- Select your Windows language from the drop menu and click on the download button
- Select the Windows USB/DVD bootable to download and click on the Next button
- The Windows 10 bootable will start to download. The file size is less than 3MB so there is nothing to worry about.
Now, with this, instead of you to download the Windows media creation to upgrade the Windows 10 OS you will be able to download the Windows 10 .iso file that you can burn on a USB to make the USB bootable for Windows 10 OS installer.
Format your USB Drive
You need to format the USB drive before turning it into a bootable and make sure that the drive is empty. If you have valuables on the drive do back it up.
- Insert the USB drive into your computer
- Go to my computer
- Right-click on the USB drive name
- Select format
- Under format select FAT-32
- Click on format
You can format the USB drive with your choice of bootable USB creator tool. However, to make the job easier and to make sure that you don’t make a mistake, format the USB flash first.
How to Create Bootable USB for Windows 10
With the Windows 10 .iso file, you can make your USB a bootable drive using Rufus or WintoUSB.
- Download Rufus or WintoUSB to your computer
- Connect your USB to your PC (The USB you want to turn to a bootable USB)
- Browse and select the .iso Windows file you downloaded from above
- Click on burn icon and accept the pop (Since you have formatted and or backup your USB there is nothing to worry about)
- Wait for the .iso to finish copying to your USB and when done you can eject the file from your PC
With the above step, the USB is already bootable and you can not use it to install your Windows on other PCs. Meanwhile, the most available .iso file on Microsoft DVD/USB bootable site is for Windows 7 but they work for the later versions (Windows 8/10).
You can use other tools like WinSetupforUSB, WintoFlash, Unetbootin, etc to create Windows 10 .iso bootable USB.
Install Windows 10 from USB
Once you have created a bootable USB using the Windows .iso file you can install the Windows 10 OS from USB following the steps below.
- Insert the bootable USB into your Windows 10 computer
- Go to the settings
- Select Update & security.
- Under update & security select recovery
- Click on restart now under advanced setup
- Click on troubleshoot
- Tap on the advanced option once again
- Select the UEFI Firmware Settings or Startup Settings
- Now, when the PC enters restart mode press F1 or F2
- This will take you to Windows 10 BIOS
- Select boot PC from the USB flash drive
- Select the bootable USB with Windows 10 .iso file
Once you select bootable from a bootable USB the PC will restart itself. Do not panic and do not remove the drive yet. Follow the screen to finish the installation. If you are upgrading from Windows 7 you may need the Windows 7 product key to finalize the installation.
Update Windows 10
You have successfully installed Windows 10 from USB but you still need to check for available updates and update your Windows 10 with it.
- Go to your PC settings
- Tap on update & recovery
- Click on Windows 10 update
- Check for the available update
- Click on download and install
Now, chill until the update is done. After that restart your PC and that is it. Please before you install the Windows 10 from a bootable of your choice always back up your PC and do not install the Windows newly rather upgrade the existing Windows OS so that you will not lose your valuables to upgrading your Windows.