Install windows from a USB device, like a flash drive, is a common one these days. It’s no surprise why – many new computers, especially desktops and smaller laptops and tablets, no longer have optical drives.

If you prefer to see how to install Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 from a USB device for an easy walk-through, you can follow our step by step guide

  1. Download Windows ISO files (Link Google Drive)
    Windows 7 ISO file
    Windows 8.1 ISO file
    Windows 10 ISO file
  2. Download the Windows USB/DVD download tool (Link Google Drive)
    This free program properly formats your flash drive. Then copies the contents of the Windows installation ISO file you have to that flash drive.
  3. Start the Windows USB DVD Download Tool program. You should be able to find the shortcut on the Desktop, as well as in your Start menu or on your Start screen, depending on which version of Windows you installed the program on.
  4. Click Browse on Step 1 of 4: Choose ISO file screen
  5. Locate, and then select your Windows ISO file. Then select Open.
  6. Click or touch Next
  7. Choose USB device on Step 2 of 4: Choose media type screen.
  8. On Step 3 of 4: Insert USB device screen. Choose from the drop-down box the flash drive or USB-connected external hard drive you want to put the Windows setup files onto. Then touch or click Begin copying.
  9. Click or touch Erase USB Device if you’re prompted to do so on a Not Enough Free Space window. If you don’t see this, don’t worry. It just means that your flash drive or external hard disk is already empty.
  10. On Step 4 of 4: Creating bootable USB device. Wait for the Windows USB DVD Download Tool to prepare the drive and copy the Windows installation files to it.
    The first Status you see will be Formatting, which will take anywhere from a few to several seconds, depending on how large the USB drive is that you’re using. Next will be Copying files, which could take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, possibly longer. This will depend on which Windows ISO file you’re working from, as well as on how fast your flash drive, USB connection, and the computer is.
  11. Assuming everything went as planned, the next screen should say Bootable USB device created successfully with a Status that says Backup completed.
    You can now close the Windows USB DVD Download Tool program window. The flash drive, or other external USB drive you’re using, now has the necessary files on it to install Windows and is also properly configured to be booted from.
  12. Boot from the USB device that you just created to start the Windows install process.
  13. You should now be installing from a USB device.

Tag: Windows 7, Windows 8. Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Install Windows 7, Install Windows 8, Install Windows 8.1, Install Windows 10, Install Windows from USB

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