Installing Windows From A USB Flash Drive In 5 Minutes

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Installing Windows

Using a USB flash drive is useful when your computer doesn’t have a CD drive or when you don’t have an operating system installation disc. This article teaches you about installing Windows from a USB drive.

1. Creating the Installation Flash Drive for Windows 10

Before you download an installation tool for your preferred operating system, you’ll need to know whether the computer on which you want to install Windows runs a 32-bit system or a 64-bit system.

  • Make sure that you do this on the computer on which you’re going to Installing Windows.
  • Make sure that you have at least a 4-gigabyte flash drive. Windows needs at least four gigabytes of space for its installation file. Flash drives are fairly cheap; you can get a 16-gigabyte flash drive—four times the space you need—for less than $10.
  • When formatting your flash drive, click the File system drop-down box, then click FAT32 or exFAT in the drop-down menu. Formatting your flash drive will erase everything on it.
  • Download the Windows installation tool. Open the Windows 10 download page, then click Download tool now at the bottom of the page.
  • Run the installation tool. Double-click the “MediaCreationTool” EXE file, click Yes when prompted, accept any terms, and fill out any on-screen sections until you get to the installation section. As part of the installation tool, you’ll be prompted to select a language, an edition of Windows, and an architecture for the setup process. Make sure to use the same architecture here as you found in step two of this part.
  • Create your bootable flash drive. Once the installation section of the Media Creation Tool window opens, click the “Create installation media” checkbox, click Next, select your computer’s language, edition, and architecture, click Next, click the flash drive’s name, and click Next.

2. Creating the Installation Flash Drive for Windows 8.1

Before you download an installation tool for your preferred operating system, you’ll need to know whether the computer on which you want to install Windows runs a 32-bit system or a 64-bit system.

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  • Make sure that you do this on the computer on which you’re going to install Windows. Make sure that you have at least a 4-gigabyte flash drive. Windows needs at least four gigabytes of space for its installation file. Flash drives are fairly cheap; you can get a 16-gigabyte flash drive—four times the space you need—for less than $10.
  • Plug the flash drive into your computer. The flash drive should fit into one of your computer’s rectangular USB ports.
  • When formatting your flash drive, click the File system drop-down box, then click FAT32 or exFAT in the drop-down menu. Formatting your flash drive will erase everything on it.
  • Installing Windows Download the Windows disk image. Open the Windows 8.1 download page, scroll down and select a version of Windows 8.1, click Confirm, select a language and click Confirm, and click either 32-Bit Download or 64-Bit Download in the middle of the page. This will prompt the disk image (ISO) file to download.
  • If you’re installing Windows 8.1, you’ll need to use Command Prompt or another bootable USB method to ensure that your computer will recognize your USB flash drive as a software installation location.
  • Add the ISO to the flash drive. Copy the downloaded ISO file by selecting it and pressing Ctrl+C, then open your formatted, bootable flash drive and press Ctrl+V. The ISO file will appear on the flash drive after a few minutes, after which point you can proceed with changing your computer’s boot order Installing Windows.

3. Creating the Installation Flash Drive for Windows 7 Installing Windows

Before you download an installation tool for your preferred operating system, you’ll need to know whether the computer on which you want to install Windows runs a 32-bit system or a 64-bit system.

  • Make sure that you do this on the computer on which you’re going to install Windows.
  • Make sure that you have at least a 4-gigabyte flash drive. Windows needs at least four gigabytes of space for its installation file. Flash drives are fairly cheap; you can get a 16-gigabyte flash drive—four times the space you need—for less than $10.
  • Plug the flash drive into your computer. The flash drive should fit into one of your computer’s rectangular USB ports.
  • When formatting your flash drive, click the File system drop-down box, then click FAT32 or exFAT in the drop-down menu. Formatting your flash drive will erase everything on it.
  • Download the Windows 7 disk image. Open the Windows 7 download page, scroll down, enter your Windows 7 product key and click Verify, select a language and click Confirm, and click either 32-Bit Download or 64-Bit Download in the middle of the page. If you don’t have your Windows 7 product key, you’ll need to purchase one before you can download Windows 7.
  • Scroll down and click Download. It’s an orange button near the bottom of the page.
  • Select your preferred language for the download tool. Check the box next to the version of the download tool you want to use. For example, you would select the tool with a name ending in “EN” for an English version of the tool.

Installing Windows

  • Click Next. It’s at the bottom of the page.
  • Install the tool. Double-click the setup file you just downloaded, then do the following to complete the installation: Click Next, Click Install, Click Finish when prompted.
  • Run the tool. Double-click the Windows 7 Download Tool app icon on your desktop Installing Windows, then click Yes when prompted.
  • Select your downloaded ISO file. In the window that opens, click Browse, then click your Windows 7 ISO file and click Open.
  • Click Next. It’s in the bottom-right corner of the window.
  • Select your flash drive. Click the USB device, then select your flash drive in the drop-down box in the middle of the window if you don’t see it listed. If you don’t see your flash drive appear in the drop-down menu, make sure it’s plugged into your computer and then click the Refresh button to the right of the drop-down box.
  • Click Begin copying Installing Windows. It’s in the bottom-right corner of the window. Doing so will prompt your Windows 7 ISO file to begin installing onto the flash drive.
  • Allow the tool to run. Once the progress bar in the middle of the window reaches 100 percent, your USB flash drive has successfully been formatted as a Windows 7 installation drive.

Summary:

Installing Windows was that easy. Hopefully, you have installed Windows without any problem.

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