USB, also known as removable drives are extremely useful but not everyone has and you do not always use it to restore Windows when you want on your computer. However, you can now use the Drivedroid app on Android phones to easily and quickly launch and install Windows 10 on your computer.
- Install Windows 10 using Microsoft’s Refresh Windows Tool
- Instructions for controlling Android devices through the computer
- Android device is rooted. Summary of some ways to root an Android device
- 4.5 GB of free space on an Android device.
- Windows 10 ISO installation file.
How to install Windows 10 from an Android device with DriveDroid
If you don’t have root access on your Android device, the rest of this guide won’t be able to function properly. DriveDroid requires root permissions on the device to properly mount the Windows 10 ISO. You will also need root access if you want to install another operating system, such as a Linux distribution.
From now on, this guide assumes your Android device has root access.
1. Download the latest version of Windows 10
To install Windows 10 from your Android device, you’ll need a copy of Windows 10. Windows Media Creation Tool is the easiest way to download the latest version of Windows 10.
Download Windows Media Creation Tool
B1: Open the Windows Media Creation Tool .
B2: Select Create installation media for another PC , then create ISO Windows 10 installation.
B3: If you create a backup ISO for the PC you are using, you can choose Use the recommended options for this PC .
B4: Click Next , then let the process complete.
Once the Windows 10 ISO has been downloaded, you need to copy it to your Android smartphone in an easy-to-remember folder. It’s best to copy files to Android using a USB cable, as you’ll also need an active connection for the rest of the tutorial.
2. Download and configure DriveDroid
Download and install DriveDroid.
Open DriveDroid. The application will immediately ask for root access you should grant (choose Grant ).
Configure Image Directory . The Image Directory folder is the folder where you store the disk image (ISO), such as the version of Windows 10 you copied to your device.
During the initial DriveDroid setup, you’ll choose a default folder, but you can change this later.
Download Drivedroid for Android (Free)
3. Check the USB DriveDroid settings
DriveDroid will now check the USB connection settings for the Android device. DriveDroid needs to treat the USB connection as a secondary storage device, allowing it to mount the Windows 10 ISO as a bootable image.
Follow the steps with the help of below screenshot:
For most users, the Standard Android Kernel is the correct choice. Select the first option, then click Next. Wait for the DriveDroid test file to appear as a mountable drive.
If the device doesn’t appear in File Explorer, select Choose a Different USB System and try again.
If you changed the 3 basic USB settings and the DriveDroid test file doesn’t appear, don’t worry!
Adjust the DriveDroid USB options
You can modify the DriveDroid USB options from the main page.
Select the gear icon in the top right corner, then scroll down. Select USB Settings> Manually Change USB Mode> Mass Storage , then select Confirm.
4. Mount ISO Windows 10 into DriveDroid
Now you need to mount the Windows 10 image. Depending on the default image folder option, the Windows 10 ISO may already be on the DriveDroid main page.
Otherwise, select the gear icon in the top right, then choose Image Directories.
Click the red icon in the bottom corner. Now browse to the folder containing the disc image and provide access when prompted.
Select the correct directory from Image Directory , then go back to the DriveDroid homepage.
Next, select Windows 10 ISO> Host image using CD-ROM . A small disk icon will appear on the disc image, indicating it is mounted and ready to go.
You need to connect your Android device to the PC on which you want to install Windows using a USB cable. PC should be turned off to start. Connect the USB cable and Android device to the computer.
When it is on, you need to enter the boot menu with the dedicated shortcut. For most PCs, the boot menu shortcut is F8, F11 or DEL , but will vary depending on the manufacturer.
Once the boot menu loads, scroll down to find the DriveDroid option, which is similar to the Linux File-CD Gadget . Press the Enter button .
The Windows 10 installation screen should now load and you can install the “clean” version of Windows 10 on your computer.
The Drivedroid app allows to connect and install Windows 10 from a rooted Android device easily without the need for a USB or CD ROM. Please try and share your thoughts on this app!