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How to Install Windows 10 from USB 2024

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Jul 17, 2024 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions

Windows 10 is a set of computer operating systems developed in 2015 and released for sale on July 29 in the same year. Being the ultimate successor of Windows 8.1, it constantly receives new updates on an ongoing basis available to users at no extra cost. There are a few ways to install this Windows version on your PC, but many users don't know how to install Windows 10 from USB. The essence of writing this article is to help users install this operating system on their PCs using a USB flash drive, which is often the only option available to many users.

A Flash drive comes in handy if your computer is operating on an old Windows version. If you wish to switch from an older version to the latest Windows 10 version, you can use a USB flash drive to run Windows 10 directly. On the next following content, we will show you how to how to install Windows 10 from USB flash drive step by step.

What you need to Prepare in Advance

Before you commence the installation procedure, you will need to prepare items and tools in advance. The tools you will need to successfully install Windows 10 are:

USB Flash drive: You need to procure a USB Flash drive with a storage space of at least 8GB or more. Flash drives with lower storage space will not work since Windows 10 is quite large and requires ample space to be successfully installed.

Download Windows 10: You also need to procure a license to download the application. To do this, you will either need to pay for the license or you can also use an existing license with your digital ID. One way you can set up a Windows USB is by setting up the USB drive with Windows 10. Once this is set up, you should be able to boot the drive to launch the application.

Install ISO File: To complete the process, you also need to install an ISO file. An ISO file is an archive file containing the data that would be written on an optical disc, including its file system. ISO file images come with the name ".iso filename extension"

Have a Rufus 3rd party tool on place: You will also need a Rufus 3rd party tool. A Rufus tool is an open-source application designed for Microsoft Windows. It is used to format and to create bootable Flash Drives or Live USB applications. Rufus tools are available on 39 different languages and have a GNU GPL 3+ operation license.

How to Create Windows 10 installation Media?

To install a free copy of the Windows 10 system, you need to create a compatible bootable media using the Media Creation Tool. Insert the USB flash drive to your PC and follow the next steps to get started:

Step 1 Open the official Download Windows 10 page

Step 2 On the section "Create Windows 10 installation media", click "Download Tool Now"

download windows 10 tool

Step 3 Save the file on your computer and double the "MediaCreationToolxxxx.exe" file to launch the utility.

Step 4 Click the Accept button to agree to the Microsoft terms.

Step 5 Select the Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC option and next.

Step 6 Select the Language, edition of Windows 10 and Architecture, and Next.

Step 7 Make sure your USB connection to the computer and select the "USB flash drive" option and next.

Step 8 Select your removable drive from the list and next.

Step 9 Finally, your USB Flash Drive is ready! To finalize the process, click on the "finish" button and boot the USB flash drive to activate it.

How to Create a Windows 10 UEFI Boot Media using Rufus?

There are two very simple ways to create a Windows 10 Boot Media and one of such ways is to use RUFUS software. RUFUS is a very popular choice among users looking forward to knowing the process of how to install Windows 10 from USB. The software is much better than Windows installer because oftentimes the users of Windows installer are often fraught with errors. RUFUS software, on the other hand, is more effective since you can use it to download Windows 10 file (ISO) from a source and use a RUFUS to create a UEFI supported installation Media.

To successfully create Windows 10 UEFI media using RUFUS software, follow these simple steps below:

Step 1 Go to the official Rufus page.

Step 2 Download the latest updates on your computer and click "Rufus-x.x.exe"

download rufus

Step 3 On the Device option select your USB flash drive, and under "Boot selection" click the select button and navigate to the Windows 10 ISO file.

Step 4 You can follow the next image to set the selected for each option, Standard Windows installationGPT, and UEFI (non-CSM) option.


Step 5 Under the "Show Advanced drive properties" section, you will leave the default settings.

Step 6 Select "Quick format" and "Create extended label and icon files" options on the Show advanced format options

Step 7 Click on Start to proceed, to finalize the process, click OK to be sure that your Flash drive has been completely wiped clean

Before now, if you didn't know how to install Windows 10 from USB Flash drive, following these steps itemized above under the different categories should speed up the process for you without any difficulty. The download links for Windows 10 are available online on Microsoft's homepage and so is the RUFUS software which can also be downloaded online via the developer's download page.

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