Menu
Home >> Windows Bootup >>
Boot Windows 10 from USB Flash Drive

How to Boot Windows 10 from USB Drive – 2018 Guide

Mar. 01, 2018 05:58 pm / Posted by Jenefey Aaron to Windows Bootup
Follow @JenefeyAaron

Like it or not, optical disks have past their prime time. It’s been replaced by the faster and higher capacity USB flash drives. More and more PCs are abandoning the optical drive in favor for USB ports. So when the time comes to boot from Windows 10 installer, you need to have a bootable USB handy.

But how do you get a bootable Windows 10 USB drive? And how do you set your Windows 10 PC to boot from the USB?

Part 1: Creating Bootable Windows 10 USB Drive

Even though Microsoft does sell bootable Windows 10 USB drives, you can create your own. You’ll need a USB flash drive of at least 4GB, the minimum 6GB to 12GB of free space on your hard drive, and an Internet connection.

First, check what type of Windows do you need. Hold the Windows key on your computer and press the pause/break button. The information is available under “System type”. Then you can download the Media Creation Tool for the 32-bit copy or 64-bit copy of Windows.

Finding out your windows system type

Then launch the tool, and you’ll see the option to upgrade or create installation media. Choose the second one and hit next.

start creating usb installer

Follow the steps and choose the options that fit you best. Please note that the N variants of installer don’t come with Windows Media Player. Don’t forget to select USB as the media type.

After checking the available space, the tool will continue by downloading Windows 10 installer. The process could take a while depending on the speed of your internet connection.

And when the download finished, the tool will automatically create a bootable drive using the USB that you choose.

Please note that it will erase everything on the drive, so be sure to save the important files before starting the process.

The process is simple as everything is done automatically by the tool. Another option is to create the bootable drive manually using the command prompt. But why use the more complicated way if you have the easier way? So we’re not going to discuss the command prompt path.

Part 2: Booting Windows 10 from the USB Drive

Most computers are set to boot from the primary hard drive by default. But you could change this configuration from the BIOS. You can access BIOS when you start or restart your computer.

Because there are virtually too many different startup setups, you should consult your documentation. But in general, you should restart your computer and press one of the Function Keys to enter the BIOS. Then you navigate the BIOS menu using the arrows and enter keys.

After confirming the changes, your computer would restart once more, and it will boot from the USB. Make sure that you’ve already inserted the bootable USB that you created above before the restart.

basic input and output settings

Since the USB is already configured with Windows 10, the booting process will use it. All that you need to do is to follow the onscreen process.

The Booting Specialist

To help you make the whole booting process easier, you could use some help from an app called Windows Boot Genius. This is the ultimate Windows boot doctor that can help you easily create a bootable Windows 10  USB drive and fix a variety of Windows 10 booting issues including computer crashes, blue screen, random restarts, can't boot, and other Windows' booting problems.

Free Download For Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP
Secure Download
Related Articles
How to Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10
How to Create Bootable USB for Windows 10
Windows 10 Boot Manager and Boot Issue Fix
comments powered by Disqus
Recommend Products
Windows Boot Genius
Guide
User Reviews ( 10 )
Free Download
Hot Articles
How to Fix Computer Keeps Restarting
Windows Ntoskrnl exe Missing or Corrupt
Fix Windows 10 Boot Manager and Boot Issues
Free Windows 10/8.1/8/7 Registry Cleaner
Fix Windows Black Screen of Death
Fix Bootmgr is Missing Error
All TOPICS
iPhone Tips
iPhone 7/7 Plus
iOS 10
iOS Recovery
iPhone Fix
Android Recovery
Windows Recovery
Mac Recovery
iOS Tuneup
iPhone Transfer
Card Recovery
Windows Tuneup
WhatsApp Recovery
iTunes Cleanup
iTunes Unlock
Ads Remove
Windows Boot
Audio Record
Video Convert
Video Download
PDF Convert
Windows Password
iTunes Repair