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Windows 10 Install

Install from usb pen

What you need

  • Windows 10 install .iso or DVD
  • USB flash drive with at least 5GB free space. This drive will be formatted, so make sure it doesn’t have any important files on it.
  • Technician PC – Windows PC that you’ll use to format the USB flash drive
  • Destination PC – A PC that you’ll install Windows on

Step 1 – Format the drive and set the primary partition as active

  • Connect the USB flash drive to your technician PC.Open Disk
  • Management: Right-click on Start and choose Disk Management.
  • Format the partition: Right-click the USB drive partition and choose Format. Select the FAT32 file system to be able to boot either BIOS-based or UEFI-based PCs.
  • Set the partition as active: Right-click the USB drive partition and click Mark Partition as Active.

 Note:  If Mark Partition as Active isn’t available, you can instead use diskpart to select the partition and mark it active.

Step 2 – Copy Windows Setup to the USB flash drive

  • Use File Explorer to copy and paste the entire contents of the Windows product DVD or ISO to the USB flash drive.  
  • Optional: add an unattend file to automate the installation process. For more information, see Automate Windows Setup.

Step 3 – Install Windows to the new PC

  • Connect the USB flash drive to a new PC.
  • Turn on the PC and press the key that opens the boot-device selection menu for the computer, such as the Esc/F10/F12 keys. Select the option that boots the PC from the USB flash drive. Windows Setup starts. Follow the instructions to install Windows.
  • Remove the USB flash drive.

Last updated: 10 Gennaio 2019 by Pierluigi Minati