If you need to install Windows 10 on a computer, one of the easiest and most convenient ways to do it is with a flash drive. Installing Windows 10 from a flash drive is much faster than from a CD or DVD, and it’s also more reliable since flash drives are less prone to errors than optical media.
Before we begin, let’s review the system requirements for Windows 10:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
- Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS or 20 GB for 64-bit OS
- Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
- Display: 800 x 600 resolution
In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of installing Windows 10 from a flash drive.
Step 1: Prepare the flash drive
To get started, you will need a flash drive with at least 8 GB of storage. Insert the flash drive into your computer and make sure it’s recognized. Next, you need to format the flash drive to make it bootable. To do this, open the Command Prompt as an administrator and type “diskpart”. Then type “list disk” to see a list of all the disks on your computer. Identify the disk number for your flash drive and type “select disk X” (where X is the disk number). Type “clean” to remove any existing partitions, and then type “create partition primary”. Type “select partition 1” and then “active” to make the partition active. Finally, type “format fs=ntfs quick” to format the partition as NTFS.
Step 2: Download Windows 10 ISO
Next, you need to download the Windows 10 ISO file from the Microsoft website. Make sure you download the correct version for your computer (32-bit or 64-bit). Once the ISO file is downloaded, right-click on it and select “Mount” to open the file.
Step 3: Creating a bootable flash drive using Rufus
Step 3.1 : Download Rufus
The first step is to download Rufus from its official website. Rufus is compatible with all versions of Windows, including Windows 10, and is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Once you have downloaded Rufus, install it on your computer.
Step 3.2 : Insert your USB flash drive
Connect the USB flash drive to your computer’s USB port. It is recommended that you use a USB flash drive with at least 8 GB of storage space, as this will ensure that you have enough space to install Windows 10.
Step 3.3 : Launch Rufus Launch
Rufus by double-clicking the executable file you downloaded in Step 1. Once Rufus is open, you will see a window with several options.
Step 3.4 : Select your USB drive
In the Device section of Rufus, select the USB flash drive you inserted in Step 2 from the dropdown menu. Make sure you select the correct drive, as Rufus will erase all data on the drive during the creation process.
Step 3.5 : Select the Windows 10 ISO file
In the Boot selection section of Rufus, click the Select button and browse to the location where you have saved the Windows 10 ISO file. Once you have selected the ISO file, Rufus will automatically populate the other fields with the correct options for creating a bootable flash drive.
Step 3.6 : Start the creation process
Click the Start button to begin the creation process. Rufus will warn you that all data on the USB drive will be destroyed, so make sure you have backed up any important files before proceeding. Rufus will take a few minutes to create the bootable flash drive, depending on the speed of your computer and the size of the ISO file.
Step 4: Boot from the flash drive
Once the files have been copied, you need to restart your computer and boot from the flash drive. To do this, enter the BIOS settings of your computer and change the boot order so that the flash drive is the first device in the list. Save the changes and exit the BIOS settings. Your computer will now restart and boot from the flash drive.
Step 5: Install Windows 10
When the computer boots from the flash drive, the Windows 10 installer will start. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Windows 10. You will need to select your language, time and currency format, and keyboard or input method. Next, click “Install Now” and accept the license terms. When prompted to select the installation type, select “Custom (advanced)”.
Step 6: Select the installation drive
On the next screen, you will see a list of all the available drives on your computer. Select the drive where you want to install Windows 10 and click “Next”. Windows will start the installation process, which may take some time depending on the speed of your computer.
Step 7: Finalize the installation
After the installation is complete, your computer will restart and Windows 10 will boot for the first time. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup process, such as creating a user account and selecting your settings. Once the setup is complete, you can start using Windows 10 on your computer.
In conclusion, installing Windows 10 from a flash drive is a quick and easy process that can save you time and effort compared to installing from a CD or DVD. Just make sure to follow these steps carefully, and you’ll have Windows 10 up and running