How to Install Windows 10 from USB [Step-by-step Guide]

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How to Install Windows 10 from USB [Step-by-step Guide]
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If you want to install Windows 10 from a USB, here is the ultimate guide you can follow up.

Step 1. Check Windows 10 System Requirements #

First of all, you need to check out if your device meets the minimum requirements for Windows 10.

When there is nothing to worry about, go to Step 2.

Step 2. Create a Windows 10 Install USB Drive #

In this step, you need to:

  1. Download Windows 10 media creation tool from Microsoft official webpage.
  2. Prepare a USB drive that is at least 8GB (16GB or more capacity is recommended).
  3. Follow the guide below to create a Windows 10 install USB drive.

Step 3. Boot Your Computer from the USB Drive #

Before you can install Windows 10 from the USB drive, there is another thing must finish: set up your computer to boot from that drive.

  1. Connect the USB drive to your computer.
  2. Restart your computer. When the screen lights up, keep pressing on F2 (or F1, F10, F12, DEL or some combination keys, you will find this info by checking the mainboard manual) to invoke the BIOS Setup menu.
  3. Now you are led to the BIOS where you can go to the Boot tab to set USB drive as the first boot option.
  4. Save your changes and exit. In a few seconds, you will see the Windows Setup Screen.
set USB Windows installation media as the first boot sequence

Step 4. Install Windows 10 from USB Drive #

In this step, you will need to go through a lot of screens and make many selections. Be careful and do not power off your computer until you see Windows 10 desktop.

The first screen you see is the language to display. Choose your preference and press Next to continue.

choose the language to install Windows 10

The next screen offers you two options. Click Install now instead of Repair your computer.  

choose Install Now

Now, you will be asked to input the license code of your Windows 10 operating system. If you do have one, type it in the box and click Next; if you do not have one yet, click I don’t have a product key.

enter your license key

Now choose the Windows edition you want to install and continue.

choose the WIndows 10 edition to install

Read and accept the license terms. Go on.

accept the terms

In this screen, choose Install Windows only. This will help you make a fresh Windows 10 operating system.

choose Install Windows only

Here comes to one of the most important procedures, which is to choose the location of your Windows 10. This depends on the condition of your hard drive. For instance, if you have a new drive to install Windows 10, then you just select that drive to let Windows Setup divide your hard drive automatically.

select the hard drive to install Windows 10

Also, you can determine how much disk space can the newly installed operating system take up. Simply by clicking on the New option, you are able to create a new partition on the drive to save Windows 10 installation files. In addition, remember to format the new partition to NTFS.

or you can create a new partition to install Windows 10

But if you do have Windows installed already and you want to reinstall with Windows 10, you had better select all the system-related partitions, delete them one by one to make these partitions become a whole unallocated space. Then you just select that unallocated space to continue with Windows 10 installation.  

install Windows 10 on existing partition

From now on, you can take a rest for several minutes, for Windows Setup will complete the installation to 100%.

Windows 10 is now installing

When you see a black screen with a Windows 10 icon appearing in the center when you see a black screen (saying “Getting devices ready”) a Windows 10 icon appearing in the center of the screen, you will need to do multiple selections to set up your Windows 10.

Windows is getting device ready

First of all, you will see the Welcome screen of Cortana. In this tab, you only need to go with the flow so as to continue with the next setup.

cortana welcome page

Then comes the Basic. In this tab, you should confirm your region selection or you can change it as you would want.

set up the basic

When you reach Network, you can continue setting up your network preference and let the installation file check for any updates. Also, you can skip this part if no network is available at this stage.

setup the network for Windows update checking

Then you come to the Account settings where you can determine who and how to use this computer. In this tab, a user name is necessary but setting up a password is optional.

set up your account to log into Windows 10

The last tab is related to Services you have to accept. Just do as you are required.

choose privacy settings

When you see the black screen (which reads “Hi, we are getting everything ready for you”) again, you are almost there.

Windows 10 is getting al things ready for your device

Windows Setup will make the final configuration. This will take you another several minute. Remember do not turn off your computer.

do not turn off your computer

After a while, you will see Windows 10 desktop, which indicates you have gone through all the steps of Windows 10 installation. Now you can customize your Windows 10, install indispensable applications on it and transfer necessary files to the new operating system.

Windows 10 desktop
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Wrapping Things Up #

Hope this blog has explained everything clearly. If you are about to install or reinstall Windows 10, you can follow this guide to have a try. Any questions or suggestions, leave your comments below.