Gone are the days when Windows systems can only be booted from a CD/DVD. Now, users can simply create a bootable partition on their USB flash drive and use it at the time of needs. If your system has been crashed or is not able to boot in an ideal way, then you can simply change its booting source to a USB drive. In this way, you can easily boot your Windows PC from the attached USB flash drive. Read on and learn how to do the same in two different ways.
This is the most common way to boot a Windows system from a connected USB drive. Every system has a BIOS (Basic Input Output System) option that users can access. In this way, they can customize the BIOS settings and set the attached USB drive as a primary source for booting. You can access the BIOS options by pressing the BIOS Entry key when the system is turning on. The key can be different from one system to another. Here we can press F12 to enter PhoenixBIOS.
While the approach is the same, the overall interface and the keys can be different from one model to another. Nevertheless, by following these simple steps, you would be able to boot your computer from a USB drive without any trouble.
|Manufacturer||Model||BIOS Entry key|
|HP||HP and Compaq Desktop PCs (Built-in 2006 or later (came with Vista or Windows 7))||F10|
|HP||HP and Compaq Desktop PCs (Built before 2006 (XP or earlier) )||F1|
|HP||HP Notebook PCs||F10|
|DELL||Dell Inspiron, Dell Dimension, Dell Precision, Dell Optiplex, Dell Vostro Dell XPS||F2|
|Acer||Aspire, Power, Veriton, Extensa, Ferrari, TravelMate, Altos||DEL or F2|
|Gateway||DX, FX, One, GM, GT, GX, Profile, Astro||F1|
|Fujitsu, NEC, Sharp||Fujitsu, NEC, Sharp||F2|
|Toshiba||Portégé, Satellite, Tecra, Equium||F1 or ESC|
|Shuttle||Glamor G-Series, Do, Prima P2-Series, Workstation, X Mini XPC, Surveillance||F1 or DEL|
|AMD® (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.)||AMD® (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.) BIOS||F1|
|AMI (American Megatrends, Inc.)||AMI (American Megatrends, Inc.) BIOS||DEL|
Besides accessing the BIOS user interface, users can directly go to the Boot Options Menu as well. Just like a BIOS Entry Key, most of the systems also have a Boot menu key that can be used to select the primary booting device. Though, before you proceed, you need to ensure your system follows legacy support for booting. Additionally, you should also be familiar with the Boot menu key on your computer. Here are some popular options:
By following these simple solutions, you can easily learn how to boot a computer from a USB drive. You can try either of these options and set the desired booting source for your computer. Go ahead and give it a try. If you face any problem, let us know about it in the comments below.
|HP||F9 or Esc||F12|
|Microsoft Surface Pro||volume-||volume-|