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