Like it or not, optical discs (CD/DVD) are now a thing of the past. These have now been replaced by USB flash drives (USB sticks or pendrives) which are faster, more powerful and easier to carry with you. It is no coincidence that more and more PCs are abandoning the optical drive in favor of USB ports. Even Windows recovery CDs are no longer distributed and if you need to install or start Windows you always use a USB disk. But how do you create and boot Windows from USB? Below we will focus on the Windows 11/10 operating system and see how to install e boot Windows 11/10 from USB.
Continue reading below to understand how create a bootable Windows 11/10 USB driveand how to set your Windows 11/10 PC to boot from USB.
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Part 1: Create Bootable USB Disk with Windows 11/10
Although Microsoft sells bootable Windows 11/10 USB drives, you can create your own. You will obviously need a USB stick of at least 4 GB, the minimum of 6 GB to 12 GB of free hard disk space and a good Internet connection.
First, check what type of Windows you need. Press and hold the button Windows on your computer and press the button break. The information you need is present next to the “System type” item. You will then be able to understand if you need to create a bootable USB disk for Windows 11/10 32bit or 64bit.
Here are the links to download the software Media Creation Tool useful for installing Windows 11/10 32 or 64 bit operating system:
After downloading the file from the link above, install and launch Media Creation Tool. The screen shown below will appear from which you can decide to upgrade your PC or create the installation disc for another PC. Choose this second possibility.
Follow the steps and choose the most suitable options. Note that installer variants do not ship with Windows Media Player. Don’t forget to select USB as a type of support.
- After checking the available space, the tool will continue to download the Windows 11/10 installer. The process may take some time depending on the speed of your internet connection.
- When the download finishes, Media Creation Tool will automatically create aBootable drive using USB which you choose.
- You should know that this operation will erase everything on the USB drive, so make sure to save important files before starting the process.
- The process is simple as everything is done automatically by the tool Media Creation Tool. Another option is to manually create the boot drive using Command Prompt. But why use the more complicated way if you have the simpler way? For this reason we will not discuss the command prompt method at all!
Part 2: How to Boot Windows 11/10 from USB
Most computers are already set to boot from the primary hard drive by default. But you can change this configuration from BIOS.
BIOS, in simple terms is firmware, which is software stored on a chip on the motherboard side of the computer and is basically a set of instructions that are executed to help load the operating system. The operating system could never boot without BIOS. When you turn on the computer, all the BIOS instructions are started first. These instructions check the RAM and processor on your computer and allow Windows to start and load properly.
It’s possible access the BIOS when starting or restarting the computer in a very simple way: in general, just restart the computer and press one of the function keys to access the BIOS (e.g. key F2 or F10). Once the BIOS opens you will be able to navigate the menu using the arrows on the keyboard.
Among the changes you can make in the BIOS is that relating to the startup disk. By default you will see the computer’s Hard Disk set but you can easily change it to the USB device. Once the changes are confirmed, restart your computer and it will restart from the USB. Make sure you have already inserted the bootable USB you created in the first point of the article!
Since the USB is already configured with Windows 11/10, the boot process will use it. All you have to do is follow the on-screen steps.
To help you simplify the entire startup process, you can also take the help of an app called FixUWin. This is software that can boot Windows even in extreme cases and helps you create a drive easily Windows 11/10 bootable USB to fix a variety of Windows 11/10 startup problems including computer crashes, blue screen, random reboots, system crashes, inability to boot, and other startup issues.