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So, you want to install Windows? Perhaps you’re making a move from Linux (after all, it does suck), or maybe you want a fresh install to clean up your machine and get everything running smoothly again.
Whatever your reason, installing Windows is a straightforward affair. You just need to grab a copy of the installation files from the Windows website, then run it on your machine. You can either run the file directly from your hard drive or use a portable USB stick.
Using a USB stick is preferable if you regularly need to reinstall the operating system or you need to install the software on several machines.
How to Install Windows From a USB Drive
Using a USB stick to install Windows is easy. Just follow the instructions below:
- Insert a USB stick into your computer. It needs at least 4GB of storage and must be formatted before use.
- Navigate to microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10.
- Click on Download tool now to grab a copy of the Windows 10 installation media.
- Run the downloaded file.
- When prompted, choose Create installation media.
- The next screen will ask you which media you want to use. Choose USB flash drive.
- The installation media will download and save onto the USB.
- Click Finish.
- Set the computer you want to install Windows onto to boot from the USB drive. This can typically be achieved from the computer’s BIOS menu. Exact instructions vary between manufacturers.
- Insert the USB stick and restart your computer.
- Follow the on-screen installation instructions.
Have you used a USB stick to install Windows? Did the process run smoothly? You can share your stories in the comments below.