How To Install Windows From A USB Drive

To use a USB drive to install a new Windows version is a great idea if you run out of DVD-r discs or your new computer doesn’t use a DVD drive. There are many reasons why it’s a good idea to use a USB drive and it’s not very complicated to make a bootable USB drive for Windows. Installing Windows from a USB drive can increase the speed of the installation process and it’s more convenient to store the Windows files on a USB drive rather than on a CD or DVD.

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How To Make A Bootable USB Drive For Windows!

1. This is the fastest and the easiest way to get a bootable USB Drive For Windows. You need a USB drive with at least 4GB of space and a Windows installation disc. Convert your Windows disc to an ISO image file (there are programs like Magic ISO and ISO Maker that can convert your disc into an image) and then download the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool here, and install it on your computer.

2. Open the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool and browse for the Windows ISO image in your computer and click Next. Click on the USB device button and then choose which USB device you want to use and begin copying. The program will start to format your USB drive which means that all data will be erased before the installation process can start, the whole process will take 20 – 30 minutes.

How To Make A Bootable USB Drive For Windows Version 2!

1. Insert the USB drive and open the command prompt with administrative rights. Type the command “DISKPART” and then “LIST DISK“. The USB Drive will be the disk with the smallest size. Type “SELECT DISK 1“, the number depends on which number your USB drive disk got. Now your USB drive is the selected disk.

2. Type in these commands one by one: “CLEAN“, “CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY“, “SELECT PARTITION 1“, “ACTIVE“, “FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK“, “ASSIGN” and type “EXIT” to finish the process.

3. Insert the Windows installation disc and open up the command prompt again. Now type in the drive letter of your DVD drive where the Windows disc is located. My USB drive letter is F: and the DVD drive is D:. Type these commands one by one: “D:“, “CD BOOT“, “BOOTSECT.EXE/NT60 F:” and your USB drive will become bootable.

4. Just copy and paste all the content of your Windows installation disc to your USB drive and you will now have a bootable USB drive for Windows.

How To Set Up USB In BIOS As First Bootable Device!

Before you can start to install Windows from your USB drive, you must change the boot sequence. Insert your USB drive and start your computer, Hit the “Delete” or “F2” key to enter the BIOS. There are many BIOS versions, but usually you can change the boot order under the Advanced BIOS Features page. But it may be under other pages like First Boot Device, Boot Order, Boot Management, Boot Sequence and so on. Set your USB drive to be the First Boot Device and save and exit the BIOS.

This is it. You should now be able to use a USB drive to install Windows on your computer. I hope this guide will help you and you can always comment below if you have questions or want to add something to this guide.

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