Are you one of those people who still haven’t pulled the trigger on Windows 10? If your answer’s yes and you’re hesitant of change, then you can take Windows 10 for a spin without changing your previous Windows installation.
If you ever wanted to upgrade to Windows 10 at a later time and want to save the installation to your USB flash drive in the meantime, then this guide will properly illustrate how you can do that in the simplest manner. Basically, this is the guide that shows you how to install Windows 10 on USB.
What Is The Easiest Way To Create A Windows 10 USB Drive?
First off, you will have to download a Windows 10 ISO file to your computer. That ISO file is instrumental if you want to make Windows USB for maximum portability. However, before doing this, you will have to make sure that your system meets the minimum system requirements to handle Windows 10. The system requirements have been stated below:
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
- 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
- 800 x 600
You will also have to make sure that the USB flash drive (minimum capacity of 4GB) you are using does not have any important data stored on it because you will be forced to format it to install Windows 10. Given below are steps that you should take to complete the process successfully.
Grab the Media Creation Tool from the Windows 10 website
- Download the ISO via the Windows media creation tool
- You will be able to view an option called Download tool now.
- It will download an .exe file (keep in mind that you will have to check whether to download the 32 or 64-bit version of Windows 10).
- After installing the .exe file, plug in your USB drive into the PC.
- Start the application and click on ‘Create installation media for another PC’ option and click on ‘Next’.
Afterward, you will be able to view three options in front of you. Choose the option that best fits your choice. After clicking on next, you will greeted by another list, where the options will be listed as ‘USB flash drive’ and ‘ISO file’. Choose the first option and click on ‘next’. Afterward, it will tell you that the files present inside the USB flash drive are going to be deleted. Click on ‘next’ to proceed.
ISO or USB? Choose USB for this guide.
The completion of the installation process will vary, taking into account the actual speed of your USB flash drive, and the interface in which it is plugged into (USB 2.0 or USB 3.0). Regardless, the installation process is going to be completed and you will finally have a bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive in the palm of your hands. That’s all you need to do to how to install Windows 10 on USB.
Keep in mind that you will have to change the booting options from the BIOS of either your desktop or laptop computer otherwise the system is not going to recognize the USB and boot straight into the operating system that has already been installed on your system.
We hope that this guide proves to be the easiest one on how to complete Windows 10 install on a USB drive. Let us know in the comments how the experience went for you.