How to Install Windows 10 using USB Flash Drive or DVD

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Are you looking for a solution to install Windows 10 using USB Flash Drive or DVD? If yes, you are at the right place.

Windows 10 has been there for long, with Microsoft continuously bringing new features and improvements to it. Well, if you haven’t checked it out yet or want to fresh install the latest version of Windows 10 in your machine, It’s time for a quick upgrade.

Although if you have a system already running on Windows 10, Microsoft offers different options to install Windows 10. However, one of the simplest ways of installing Windows 10 in a machine is via USB Flash Drive or DVD. It is very easy to create USB or DVD as a bootable disc or a boot disc or boot drive. It becomes very handy for those who are going to install Windows 10 on a new machine without an OS onboard or in case if your current system crashes.

Well, to help you install Windows 10 on your system via USB flash drive or DVD, we are going to guide you a step-by-step for successfully installing Windows 10 on your PC.

Requirements

So, before installing Windows 10 via USB or DVD, you must follow the given requirements. 

  • First and foremost thing you need to have a USB flash drive of at least 4GB in size. Remember, your flash drive will be completely erased during this process. So, make sure to backup all your important files from this USD drive.
  • As an alternative, you can create a backup install disc with a DVD if your computer has an optical drive.
  • To get your job done easily, you need to have a third-party program that helps you install Windows 10 using these external drives. We recommend you to use Rufus for USB, or ImgBurn if you’re using a DVD.
  • Now, you need to have a Product Key that you can use to activate Windows after the successful installation of Windows 10 on your PC. You should be able to locate it in your confirmation email if you purchased online, in your Windows 10 box if you purchased at retail, or in your PC properties section if you bought a PC with Windows 10 out of the box. 
  • Finally, the most important thing which is required for this Windows install, Windows 10 ISO file. An ISO file is basically a snapshot of the Windows 10 install media as it would appear on a DVD or USB disk. Download it from Microsoft.com. Choose the latest edition of Windows 10 while installing the ISO file.
  • If you are downloading it for a Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 device, we recommend using Microsoft’s media creation tool. Or if you are downloading for a machine that doesn’t support Media Creation Tool like Mac, try downloading any suitable file from the Windows 10 Disc Image page.

Once you are done with all the requirements, you are ready to kick start the installation process. So, let’s jump on to the next section.

Installing Windows 10 via USB or DVD

Step 1: For USB, insert the USB drive in one of the available port and simply load up the Rufus program. On the main screen, make sure your USB drive is selected under the “Device” dropdown. Now, click the disk icon next to “create a bootable disk using,” select your ISO and click start. The process should take about 10 minutes or so.

For DVD, load up the DVD in your optical drive and load the ImgBurn program in it. From there, select “write image file to disc,” then make sure your DVD drive is selected as the destination. Under the “source” header, select your ISO file and then click the start icon. This might take some time to finish the process.

Step 2: Once you are done with the above process, Restart your computer with the USB drive or DVD inserted.

Step 3: As soon as your manufacturer logo appears on the screen, start pressing F12 or F2 (this varies by manufacturer) to jump into the boot menu.

Step 4: When the boot menu pops up, simply select whether you’d like to boot from USB or DVD, then hit enter.

Step 5: Now, withing few minutes, the Windows 10 installer loads up on the machine and a welcome screen appears on the display. Select your language settings and click next. Then click “Install Now.”

Step 6: After you agree to the licensing agreement, you’ll be greeted with a screen where you can either upgrade or do a custom install. 

If you want to carry all your files from Windows 7, 8, and 8.1, click the Upgrade option and follow the process. Else, you want a clean boot, choose the Custom install.

Step 7: The next screen will show your partitions. If you’re on a  completely new computer without an installed OS or want a fresh install, just click the “unallocated space” partition and click next. Else, you can select your partition and move on.

Now, you have done everything from your end. It’s time for your system to install Windows 10 on your PC. It will take some time depending upon the performance of your PC. After some time, your PC will wake up with a welcome screen. There you can setup your PC with all the required options. Keep in mind that you may be prompted to enter your product key to activate Windows after everything is set up. And done! Your system is ready with the latest build of Windows 10. 

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