If you have not installed Win, have ever ghosted your computer, do not know how to enter the boot screen, do not know anything about Legacy or UEFI standards, you do not need to worry too much. Installing Win is not as scary as you think, just a few clicks is fine (at most, you will know when reinstalling a few times: D). In this article, the Network Administrator will guide you to install Windows 10 from USB.
Installing Win 10 from USB requires a bootable USB or Windows 10 ISO file. Installing Windows 10 by USB is not too difficult if you follow the detailed instructions for installing Win 10 below by the Network Administrator.
Prepare to install Windows 10 from USB
- Windows 10 ISO file: Microsoft still allows to download the Windows 10 ISO file from its website, but must use a small tool, you can refer to the article How to download the ISO file of Windows 10 from Microsoft or don’t want to use the tool Download under this link to download Windows 10
- USB: Minimum 6GB capacity, 8GB recommended.
- USB booting software: I use Rufus, anyone who likes can use Hiren’s BootCD, Windows 7 USB / DVD Download Tool, ZOTAC WinUSB Maker, WinSetupFromUSB, …
- To read this article, a phone or other computer connected to the internet
Instructions to install Windows 10 from USB
Step 1: Create bootable USB
Select a bootable USB software I listed above, install it on your computer. The general process would be:
- Plug the USB into the device, save the required file because the process of creating the bootable USB will delete them clean (format)
- Add the Windows 10 ISO file to the bootable USB creation program
- Select the system type (UEFI or Legacy), file system (usually NTFS)
- Start creating bootable USB
This process takes about 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the ISO file size, the recording speed of the USB. If you have not figured out how to do it, you can refer to the instructions to create a bootable USB with Rufus, I have written in great detail.
Step 2: Restart the computer
There are some machines that will automatically recognize the USB boot and proceed to boot into the operating system on the USB when restarting. If your computer is not in this number, please restart the computer, during the reboot process, press F2 or F12 (depending on the model) to enter the Boot Options Setup boot setup option.
To know exactly which keyboard shortcuts your computer can enter into BIOS, refer to some BIOS entry instructions on different computer models.
After entering the BIOS interface, use the arrow keys to navigate to the tab Boot > Removable Devices (or USB Storage Device or External Drive depending on the model), press Enter to select the operating system load from USB.
If you need more detailed instructions, go here: How to set up BIOS to boot from USB / CD / DVD, external hard drive.
Step 3: Start installing Windows 10
After completing the above steps, we proceed to install Windows 10. First we set the time, keyboard language and then click Next .
Next, click the Install button to proceed with the installation.
Switch to the new interface, click on the option below I don’t have a product key .
Right after that, we will be given the option to install the Windows 10 operating system we want in the list provided, and then click Next below.
Now, choose the Windows 10 installation type of process. If you want to keep your files, settings, and programs, select the Upgrade option. And if you want a “clean” installation of Windows 10 then choose the Custom (advanced) option.
Note : A clean install is basically a type of installation in which you delete or delete all your old Windows operating files, which is a better choice.
In this new interface, click Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) .
The next job is to select the hard drive (or partition) you want to install the Windows 10 operating system on and set it as the primary boot partition. And here you will see all the partitions created for the previous operating system. If you want to use them, you can always use them or create your own new partitions here.
Creating new partitions will be a waste of time. But if these partitions really matter to you, click Drive options (advanced) , then click the New button and enter the partition size in MB (Megabytes).
When the partitions are ready, select the partition, click Format and then click Next to go to the next step.
Next the installation will take place right after that. This process will take about 10-15 minutes, depending on how fast or slow the computer is.
When the installation is complete, the computer will reboot and return to the setup screen for the first time use.
After all files have been copied, and feature installation and updates completed. Windows 10 setup will restart automatically and after that, you should see a message Getting Devices ready .
You have successfully installed Windows 10 on your hard drive and now, go to the configuration & options section.
Now, after copying all the files and installing the update successfully, you will be rebooted into a new screen and it will ask for options. So choose Region as United States or depending on your preference and click Yes.
Now, next is to choose the right keyboard layout which is US or English (India) and then click on Yes.
And if you want to add a second keyboard layout, click Add layout or just click Skip.
Now, the next thing is to create a new user account and password.
Next is creating a user account and password.
On the next screen, you’ll be asked “Who’s going to use this PC?” . So enter the user account name ( Account Name ) and then click Next.
Now, create a super easy to remember password for User Account and then click Next.
And then confirm your Windows 10 password and click Next.
After creating a password, it will ask to create a security question for this account. So choose them wisely for you to memorize and then click Next.
Now let’s move on to the final Windows 10 installation.
Now, on the next screen, the request ” Do more across devices with activity history ” will appear, which is a Windows 10 Timeline feature. Daily access (a good option). So click Yes.
It will then ask you to ” Get help from your digital assistant “, also known as the Cortana feature. This basically works like Google Assistant and Siri for Windows 10 users. So click Accept.
And finally ” Choose privacy settings for your device ” for features like online voice recognition, location and device find ( Find my device ). So select them intelligently and then click Accept.
When the setup is complete, the user will be taken to a complete Windows 10 desktop interface. Now you can install any software or application for your computer.
Refer to the following articles:
- Install Windows 10 using Microsoft’s Refresh Windows Tool
- How to install Windows 7 from a USB
- Instructions to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7/8 / 8.1
I wish you all success!