Installing Windows 10 From Usb

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Why Create a Windows Installation Media with USB?

Why Boot a Windows Installation From USB?

  • The steps described on this page assume you have Windows installation media and access to a Windows technician PC. If you're looking for an easy, automated way to create a bootable USB Windows installation drive, see:.
  • Windows installation media. This could be an installation .ISO or DVD. USB flash drive with at least 5GB free space. This drive will be formatted, so make sure it doesn't have any important files on it.
  • Technician PC - Windows PC that you'll use to format the USB flash drive.

Destination PC - A PC that you'll install Windows on. Connect the USB flash drive to your technician PC. Open Disk Management: Right-click on Start and choose Disk Management.

Install Windows 10 from the USB Drive

Format the partition: Right-click the USB drive partition and choose Format. Select the FAT32 file system to be able to boot either BIOS-based or UEFI-based PCs.

FAT32 has a file size limit of 4GB If your WIM image is larger than 4 GB, see If your Windows image is larger than 4GB below.

Set the partition as active: Right-click the USB drive partition and click Mark Partition as Active. If Mark Partition as Active isn't available, you can instead use diskpart to select the partition and mark it active.

  1. Use File Explorer to copy and paste the entire contents of the Windows product DVD or ISO to the USB flash drive.

  2. Optional: add an unattend file to automate the installation process.

  3. For more information, see Automate Windows Setup. Connect the USB flash drive to a new PC. Turn on the PC and press the key that opens the boot-device selection menu for the computer, such as the Esc/F10/F12 keys.

  4. Select the option that boots the PC from the USB flash drive.

  5. Windows Setup starts. Follow the instructions to install Windows.

  6. Remove the USB flash drive. Copy everything except the Windows image file (sources\install.wim) to the USB drive (either drag and drop, or use this command, where D: is the mounted ISO and E: is the USB flash drive.).

  7. Split the Windows image file into smaller files, and put the smaller files onto the USB drive:. Windows Setup automatically installs from this file, so long as you name it install.swm.

  8. Whether you want to install a clean copy of Windows 10 on a new PC or need to reinstall Windows 10 to repair system errors, you would need a bootable USB installation drive.

  9. Windows 10 provides a facility to create bootable installation media using a USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file.

However, most modern computers or laptops no longer have CD/DVD drives. A USB, however, is compatible with every PC and laptop, and you can easily turn it into a bootable installation drive.

Final Thoughts

Hence, a lot of users ask for a way to install Windows 10 from USB. Read this article to know how to install Windows 10 from USB drive.

We've mentioned all that you need for Windows 10 installation. Let's get started! USB drive is a portable device. It is compatible with every PC and laptop. Even if your system does not have a CD/DVD drive, it will still have a USB port.

You can easily make a USB drive bootable, and install Windows 10 without any hassle.