How To Install Windows 10 Using A USB Flash Drive
Suppose suddenly your DVD ROM has damaged. So you can’t follow the traditional way of installing operating systems, which is done through disks, completely impossible. However, you’re not completely helpless as installation can also be done through the use of bootable flash drives. It’s fairly easy and the whole process, if done correctly, only lasts in a matter of minutes. In this article, we will tell you all the stuff you need to know to install Windows 10 using only your USB flash drives or pen drives.
Before starting, you need to make some preparations first.
Make sure that the USB flash drive you are using has 8 GB of free storage at the very least and is empty since we will completely reformat it and if there are important files inside, they’re gone for good. Next, do a full format, just to be sure that it is really clear and empty inside to prevent small hiccups in the process as a whole.
Although not really applicable in your case as you probably have a newer unit, it is important to note the difference between BIOS and UEFI. To boot operating systems, your computer relies on one of those two, however, BIOS is really only used in older models while UEFI is now the prevalent way being used. This is important to know when you are trying to install an operating system through a bootable flash drive on a considerably old unit as some flash drives simply do not support such method, which in turn, would make the whole process impossible, to begin with.
Now that all of those are already taken care of, you must now insert your reformatted flash drive back to any laptop or PC you have. Then, proceed to Microsoft Windows 10 section and click Download tool now. Another important thing to note is that there are other ways to do this step, but this method is currently the best and fastest way to do it. The said tool is only around 20 MB in size so you won’t need to wait very long at all, even if you don’t have the fastest internet connection. After the download is finished, launch the media creation tool and choose to accept when you’re prompted.
Here, you’ll face two options and you should choose to Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, ISO file) for another PC then click next.
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You now need to select your preferred Language, Edition, and Architecture and if you can’t seem to change them, simply uncheck the little box found below that says Use the recommended options for this PC. Since you want to install Windows 10, select it and in the case of your PC’s architecture, you can find it by right-clicking your My Computer or This PC icon and selecting properties. On the System section, you’ll notice an x64 or x86 and that is pretty much your PC’s architecture. After all of that proceed and click next.
In this part where you need to choose which media to use, you need to select USB flash drive then proceed again by clicking next. Now, all you have to do is wait for the media creation tool to finish and this whole process depends on how fast your internet speed is. If your internet speed at your current location is not up to par, you can go somewhere with a reliable, fast internet like a library or even your workplace.
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If nothing unexpected happened, you’ve now successfully created a bootable USB flash drive that you can use over and over again if you ever want to reinstall Windows 10. Congratulations, you’re already halfway there. Take out your bootable flash drive and plugged it into the laptop or computer where you want to install Windows 10.
Then, you need to power it up and wait until it detects your USB flash drive. If it does not appear, do not panic and reboot the laptop or computer, but now, you need to access the UEFI/BIOS or boot menu which is usually done by pressing a key on your keyboard, however, different manufacturers have different ways to access their respective boot menus so you need to access your user manual or the internet to find that specific key.
If you arrived in the boot menu, make sure that the USB flash drive is selected as the primary boot device and that’s pretty much what you all need to do in there. Save the changes and reboot. In a few moments, you should see the Windows 10 logo.
Now, you’ll face the Windows 10 installation wizard, which is pretty straightforward and you’ll only need to make it through the end to finally install a fresh copy of Windows 10 and that is really the only things you need to do. If you want to install other versions of Windows operating system, you just need to do the media creation process all over again on a different flash drive if you want or you can just overwrite the one you currently have but now selecting the operating system of your choice instead of Windows 10.
You should keep the bootable flash drive though, instead of reverting it back to a normal one since you never really know when you’ll experience a crash or problem that you simply cannot solve.
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