How to Install Windows 10 from a USB drive on a New Computer

Before you begin,

  • Check the manufacturer’s website to see if your system is compatible.
  • Check that your system has enough disc space.
  • Connect to a UPS, make sure the battery is charged.
  • Disconnect all other peripherals and external USB devices.
  • When using an ISO, disconnect from the internet.

How to install Windows 10 from a USB drive on a new computer.

Windows 10 can be installed using one of the methods listed below.

The three most common Windows installation methods are DVD boot installation, distribution share installation, and image-based installation.

You will use image-based installation in this case.

Plan of action: 

  • Verify that your device meets the requirements for Windows 10 Operating system.
  • Make USB installation media.
  • Start the installer tool.
  • Make use of your installation media.
  • Change the boot order of your computer.
  • Reboot your device.
  • Finish the installation.

System requirements

  • You can install Windows 10 by copying the installation files to a USB flash drive.
  • Your USB flash drive must be 8GB or larger, and it should ideally have no other files on it.

System requirements for installing Windows 10

Microsoft’s system requirements for Windows 10 are fairly lax; you don’t need a powerful computer to get it up and running.

Following are the bare minimum system requirements:

  • CPU:1 GHz or faster.
  • RAM:At least 1 GB for the 32-bit version of Windows 10, or 2 GB for the 64-bit version.
  • Storage:16 GB or more space on your hard disk for the 32-bit version of Windows 10 OS. For 64-bit Windows 10, you’ll need at least 20 GB of free space.
  • Graphics chipset:It must support DirectX 9 or later and WDDM 1.0 drivers.
  • It should be able to display at least 800×600 pixels.
  • Internet access:While internet access is not generally required for setup, in some rare cases (notably, Windows 10 in S mode), your computer needs an internet connection via Ethernet or Wi-Fi.

While Windows 10 OS is free to install, but you’ll need to pay for an activation key to unlock all of its features once it’s up and running.

Step 1: To begin, download the Windows 10 installer.

To begin, download the Windows 10 installer.

Step2: Preparing your installation files

  1. Insert your USB drive with a capacity of 8 GB or greater. It does not have to be empty, but any content on the drive will be erased during the setup.
  2. Go to https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out?u=https% 3A% 2F% 2Fwww.microsoft.com% 2Fen-us% 2Fsoftware-download% 2Fwindows10& ga=2.36035872.1012537166.1637636040-1926977671.1634695197 in a browser. Scroll down to the “Create Windows 10 installation media” option and click the “Download tool now” button.
  3. Run the software after it has downloaded to your computer and accept the licence agreement.

4. On the “What do you want to do?” page, select “Create installation media for another PC” and then “Next” (unless you intend to reinstall Windows on this computer).

What do you want to do

5. On the following page, you can customise the Windows 10 installation settings. If you don’t want the defaults, uncheck the “Use the recommended options for this PC” checkbox and then select the language, edition, and architecture you want. When you’re finished, click “Next.”

  1. On the “Choose which media to use” page, select “USB flash drive” as the media type. “Next” should be selected.

USB flash drive

7. Windows should easily detect and select the USB drive. If you have more than one flash drive inserted in your computer, select the correct one and then click “Next.”

flash drive

8. The installation files will be copied to your USB flash drive. This is going to take some time. When it’s finished, insert the USB drive into the computer you want to install Windows on.

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Step3: Installing the files.

  • You must modify the boot order so that the PC recognises the USB drive. Start the computer and press the appropriate key to launch the UEFI or BIOS controls at startup – typically, this is done by pressing F1, F2, Escape, or Delete as it boots up.
  • When the startup menu appears, navigate to the “boot” control menu and check that your computer is set to boot from USB. Then exit and save the UEFI/BIOS.
  • When the computer restarts, it should boot from the USB drive and launch the Windows 10 installation programme automatically. You can now simply follow the instructions to install Windows on your computer.

Installing the files

4. A licence key is required to complete the Windows 10 setup, but it is not required to get Windows up and running. If you don’t yet have a key, you can wait until the files are installed before entering it.

licence key

In the meantime, Windows 10 will be limited in functionality. Some features will be disabled, but the operating system will remain fully functional. This will give you enough time to purchase a Windows 10 key.

Restart your computer after removing the installation USB memory stick.

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