Most modern computers don’t have a CD or DVD drive, so installing Windows 10 using a disc isn’t always possible. The good news is you don’t need discs anymore—all you need is a USB drive.
Table of ContentsWhat You'll NeedWindows 10 Hardware RequirementsCreate the Installation MediaInstall Windows 10 from the USB Drive.
- What You'll NeedWindows 10 Hardware RequirementsCreate the Installation MediaInstall Windows 10 from the USB Drive.
- You’re going to need a few things to get started. First, you’ll need a USB drive with at least 8GB of storage space.
- If you don’t already have one lying around, you can find a decent USB drive online for a pretty cheap price. If you do already have a USB drive, be sure that there are no important files on it, as it will be wiped clean during the setup process.
- You’ll need a computer running Windows to create the USB drive. When you’re done, you can remove the USB drive from that computer and insert it into the computer that you want to install Windows 10 on.
RELATED:How to Install Windows 10 on Your PC. The destination PC that you plan to install Windows 10 on has to meet certain requirements to properly run Windows 10.
- Here are the minimum system specifications:. Processor: 1GHz or faster. RAM: 1GB for 32-bit or 2GB for 64-bit. Storage Space: 16GB for 32-bit or 20GB for 64-bit. Graphics Card: DirectX 9 or later with a WDDM 1.0 driver.
- Display: 800×600. If you have everything you need and the destination device meets the minimum system requirements, you can start preparing your installation files. Go ahead and insert your USB drive into the computer that you want to make the USB drive on.
- Next, head over to the official Download Windows 10 page on the Microsoft website. In the “Create Windows 10 Installation Media” section, click the blue “Download Tool Now” button.
- After the software finishes downloading, go ahead and open it. The Applicable Notices and License Terms window will appear. Read and agree to the terms by clicking the “Accept” button in the bottom-right corner of the window. On the next screen, you’ll be asked what you want to do.
- Click the bubble next to “Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC” to select that option, and then click “Next.”. Next, select the language, architecture, and edition that you want to use. Click the down arrow next to each option to expand the list of available options for that item.
Click the option from the drop-down menu to select it. Click “Next” to proceed. On the next screen, you must choose which media to use. Click the bubble next to “USB Flash Drive” to select it, and then click “Next.”.
After that, select which flash drive to use from the list under “Removable Drives.” Click “Next” to proceed.
- The downloading process will begin. This will take a while. After the download is complete, click the “Finish” button, safely remove the USB drive from the computer, and then insert it into the computer that you want to install Windows 10 on.
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- Once the USB drive with the installation files is inserted into the destination PC, you’ll need to set the boot order so that the computer loads the operating system from a different location—in this case, from the USB instead of from the hard drive.
To do this, you need to access the boot menu on startup. When booting your computer, press the appropriate key to open the BIOS or UEFI controls.
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- The key that you need to press depends on your computer, but it’s usually F11 or F12. RELATED:How to Boot Your Computer From a Disc or USB Drive. Once you’ve selected the USB drive from the boot menu, your PC will reboot from the USB drive and ask you to press any key to begin the setup of the installation media. At the beginning of the setup process, you’ll need to choose the language to install, the time and currency format, and the keyboard or input method.
- If you entered a product key, press “Next.” If not, click “I don’t have a product key.” In this example, we’ll choose “I don’t have a product key.”.
Next, you’ll need to select which Windows 10 version to use. If you have a Windows 10 key, be sure to select the correct Windows 10 version, as keys only work for certain versions. Click the version to select it, and then click “Next.”. On the next screen, check the box next to “I Accept the License Terms,” and then click “Next.”.
The next screen asks you to select which type of installation you want to perform.