Step by Step Guide to Install Windows 10 Using USB

windows on usb

I am the kind of person who loves using multiple operating systems on my laptop. By doing so I get to avail all the features and smoothness of different operating systems. Some simplify my work and some maintains the performance. So, let us Install Windows 10 Using USB to make things easier.

Why booting windows on USB when you can use virtual machine? Virtualization is a good option but there are a few drawbacks along with it. If your host operating system is not working properly then it will cause issues in your guest operating system too. Also, if there are malware and virus attacks on your host operating system then your guest OS is affected too.

I personally found virtual machines are pretty much slower which is the reason why I opted for booting operating system on USB.

USB Install Windows 10 – USB Booting

To boot windows 10 iso to usb, the very step is to make the USB in bootable format. To do this you first need to download windows iso file (32/64 bit) and Rufus software (USB iso burner).

Make sure you download correct iso file and genuine Rufus software.

You can download Rufus Software here.

For the USB hardware, choose the size according to your work type. You can choose 64/128GB of class 10 USB type for using the operating system in fast mode. If the size of USB is more you can set more swapping space which will help you in using the os in fast mode rather than lagging. Windows 10 on usb bootable will run smooth and fast.

Also read: Best Hard Disks For Alternate Storage

One of the advantages of using USB booting is that you can install the operating system on the USB itself. It is important to download lighter versions of OS for this. You can also install the windows on the primary hard drive but there is an advantage of doing it on USB. Your storage is independent and is not being shared and other advantage is that you don’t have to overwrite your important data on the primary disk.

I personally suggest to have more space on USB since windows 10 on usb bootable consumes a lot of place.

After downloading the two software, open Rufus and it should be something like this

windows 10 on usb bootable

Configuring Rufus USB ISO Burner –

Now select your USB drive in the device option. Usually by default it is selected and in case it is not listed then re-insert your USB hard drive.

In the boot selection option make sure ISO or disk image is selected. It is by default chosen in some devices.

Now select your iso file by browsing into the directory and hit the start button. After pressing the start button a prompt will ask if you want to use dd image. I prefer dd image although it is not recommended.

After all the processes are completed, your USB is now ready to install your operating system on the USB itself.

Also read: How to install python and pip on windows?

Setting up boot menu for windows on USB Booting

Now power off your computer system and load the boot menu options. Generally it is the F12, F1, F10 or F2 key.

Now set up USB boot in first order and enable legacy support if available. Set USB boot in first order in legacy support menu too.

usb booting

Save the boot menu, insert your USB hard drive and restart your computer. Now you will see a windows set up on your screen.

USB Install Windows 10

Set the date and other components such as hardware and other properties. Now, while disk partitioning if you are using lighter os then you can choose the USB hardware itself. By doing so, you will install the whole operating system on the USB drive instead of the primary disk.

If you want to install the operating system on the primary disk, then format the disk and install the operating system in it.

After the setup is completed, you can restart your computer and make sure the USB device is connected if you have OS installed on it. If you have not installed os on USB drive then directly you can turn on the system and no need to change the boot order now.

Also read: Recover Permanently Deleted Files In Windows

You can choose which operating system you want to use and then hit enter. If you have installed it on USB drive then you can’t remove it until you shut down the computer.


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