How to install Windows 10 from a USB stick

Install Windows 10 using usb

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With over 14 million Windows 10 installs so far, it is safe to say that Microsoft’s new OS is so far well received by the masses. We have already gone through a simple guide of updating Windows 10 on your PC, but today we’re having a look at how easy it is to load Windows 10 to your computer using a disk image (ISO file) downloaded from Microsoft to a USB stick. Microsoft is releasing this operating system upgrade for free for most users – assuming they’ve got a Windows operating system from the past couple of generations — if you’re running Windows 7 or Windows 8, you should be safe.


Use a suitable USB stick or DVD

A regular 700MB CD is useless for today’s operating systems, so you will need a DVD burner if you plan on using a DVD. We highly recommend using a USB stick with a minimum of 4GB of space. The stick should be formatted since this process is going to require that you have ONLY the ISO file on your stick.


Good Internet Connection

While some of us may take this for granted, a good internet connection is paramount – and we’d recommend using Wi-Fi. With nearly 4GB of data bundle or plan downloaded at once, you’re not going to want this process interrupted at all. Please take some time and read the system requirements so you know if you’re going to be able to load the software once you have it downloaded.


These are the system requirements

• Operating System: Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update
• Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
• RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
• Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
• Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
• Display: 800×600 pixels


Download the ISO files

Microsoft provides a super simple download link console which you’ll use to get the ISO. You’ll almost certainly just want to select “Windows 10” from the list unless you’ve got some special weird circumstance, select your language of preference. From there you’ll select either 32-bit or 64-bit – you almost certainly want 64-bit.

Take the ISO file downloaded (likely in your downloads folder), and drag and drop it to your USB stick. Again, make sure there’s NOTHING ELSE on that stick when you do this.

Once you’ve got a USB stick with ONLY that ISO file on it, you are ready to rock Windows 10. To load Windows 10 to any PC, you’ll need only to place that USB stick in a USB port and restart the computer, then follow instructions that follow.


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