Want to reset the Windows 10 Setup in your PC or transitioning from Linux Operating system to Windows 10 but don’t know how to install it, in this article you will see how to install Windows 10 using bootable USB.
Now first you need to download the ISO file so you can create bootable USB of it and install it.
There are some ways you can download the Windows 10 ISO file,
- By downloading the Windows 10 installation Media tool from Microsoft site.
- Using the Windows ISO downloader software by HEIDOC.net
- The Rufus software to download the Windows 10 ISO (Rufus is a software which is used to create a bootable USB and it makes this option more reliable for Windows 10)
In all ways, you can get the Windows 10 ISO file for the installation.
- If you chose the 1st method, you will get two more options to do the installation or update the current windows 10, where you can direct download the ISO file or you can just update or reset the current Windows 10 directly from the tool.
- If you chose the 2nd one, you can only download the ISO of Windows 10 or other versions of Windows like Windows 7 or Windows 8, 10 etc. This tool also offers Microsoft Office versions to direct download and install.
- I recommend you to use Rufus for downloading the ISO file which is very easy to do it.
Now you need to download the tool to create a bootable USB.
There are many software to create a bootable USB in the market but my favourite is Rufus.
It is very easy to use and have more advanced settings like partition scheme which are MBR and GPT where you have to select GPT for Bios UEFI Non-CSM for Windows.
Remember, if you are coming from a Linux OS, select MBR partition scheme which will allow the Windows 10 installation after boot or else it will not show any disk drive to install Windows 10 onto.
Step to create a bootable USB for Windows 10:
- Open the Rufus software and connect the USB pen drive (at least 16Gb storage)
- Now select the ISO file which will be on the Downloads folder in your User sections by clicking on the Select button in Boot Selection section.
- Keep the Image option untouched and select GPT in Partition scheme.
- Keep everything same and click on the Start button.
- It will ask for permission to delete everything in the USB/Pen Drive to extract and create Bootable USB; click on Yes. The bootable USB will be created.
After this, you have to go to the Bios menu where you have to change some settings,
First, you have to enable the UEFI boot option and then disable the Secure boot option from the Bios menu and select Save and Exit option.
(To go to the Bios menu, shut down the PC and after pressing the power button, keep pressing the F2 or F1 key which will land you to the Bios menu. -Function keys to open the bios menu are depends on the laptop/PC company, some companies devices have F2 for Bios menu like Lenovo. Check on google if you don’t know the Bios menu function key.)
Now like the Bios menu, you have to go the Boot menu where you can select the USB device which has the Windows 10. (Same as Bios menu, to access the boot menu, after starting the computer, keep pressing the F12 key (For Lenovo PC) to access the boot menu and select the USB device.)
Steps to Install Windows 10:
- After the boot into the Windows 10 setup, a window will open, here you have to select the Language, Time and Currency and the Keyboard Layout and click on Next button.
- Then it will ask for the type of installation if you want to freshly install windows 10, Select Custom installation; If you want to upgrade your previous windows installation to a new one, select the Upgrade option and continue.
- After selecting the Custom option, Disk drive table will appear. Here you have to select the C drive and click on format. Keep the selected drive and click on Next. (It will install Windows 10 on C drive after format)
- Wait for all the work and process until it’s done.
- When the PC will boot it will ask you some personal information like your Name, Microsoft account to login (Which is recommended) then setting up the Cortana (Optional) and then selecting the Keyboard layout and location again and done.
That’s the setup. You have successfully installed Windows 10 on your devices.
So in the conclusion, Rufus is the main software for both, downloading the Windows 10 ISO file and creating a bootable USB drive for Windows 10 installation.
But if you have a Linux system, you need to download the Windows 10 ISO file from other sources which I have mentioned above. Also to create a bootable USB, download and install Unetbootin software which is similar to Rufus and easy to use in a Linux system. Rest is the same.
If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment section below.