How to install Windows from a USB flash drive, 10 easy steps
The fastest way to install Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 is from a USB bootable drive. Not only you cut install time down to around 15 minutes, but also you don’t have to worry about DVD drive, which are not common any more nowadays.
First of all you have to make sure that your motherboard supports USB booting. This is common feature now, so you should not have problem with that.
So, to install Windows from USB drive we need:
- Windows 7/8 or Windows 2008/2012 server ISO image
- USB drive, minimum 4GB. Any USB flash drive will do, just backup your data from it first
- Running Windows operating system
- Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool software (Officially supported by Microsoft)
1. Download and install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool
2. Run Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tools as Administrator.
3. Browse and choose your Windows ISO image.
4. Confirm your image and click Next.
5. Choose USB device to create bootable USB from ISO image
6. Select USB flash drive you want to use (only plugged-in will show up here), and select Begin copying.
Remember, you will loose all your data on USB flash drive in process. Create backup first if needed!
7. Wait while Bootable USB drive is created
8. Eject your USB bootable flash drive, and it’s ready for use!
9. Insert USB bootable flash drive into computer/server where you want to perform Windows install.
Check BIOS for boot devices order, and make sure that USB/Removable devices is ordered as first choice.
(To enter BIOS press F2 or DEL during initial computer startup).
10. Boot USB flash drive and begin installation.
Well that was simple 🙂