How to Install Windows 10 onto a New Computer Using a USB drive

How to Install Windows 10 onto a New Computer Using a USB drive

You will need a Windows computer with an internet connection to get the Windows installation files. After that, you can move the files to your new computer.

Preparing your installation files

1. Your 8GB or larger USB flash drive is now ready to be inserted. You don’t have to leave it blank. However, any content will be deleted during setup.

2. Navigate to the Download Windows 10 website using a browser. Scroll down to the “Create Windows 10 Installation Media” option, and then click “Download tool now.”

3. Once the software has been downloaded to your computer, open it and agree to the license agreement.

4. Click “Create an installation media for another computer” on the page “What do I want to do?” (unless you are reinstalling Windows on the same computer).

Note: If you don’t know how Windows 7 is installed on a Ryzen computer, this article “How to Install Windows 7 on Ryzen” may be helpful.

5. Next, customize Windows 10’s installation settings. Clear the box for “Use recommended options for this computer” to remove the defaults. Next, choose the language, edition, and architecture that you prefer. Once you are done, click “Next.”

6. Choose to burn the image to a USB flash drive from the “Choose what media to use” page. Click “Next.”

7. Windows will automatically locate the USB drive and choose it. You can have multiple USB drives inserted into your computer. Click “Next” to choose the correct one.

8. Your USB flash drive will receive the installation files. This may take some time. Once it is done, you can take the USB drive out and place it in the computer where Windows will be installed.

Note: Windows Installation requires a computer or a build with Intel’s 6600k i5. You may be interested in our article Best Motherboards For i5 6600k. This will help you choose the right motherboard for the Intel Core i5-6600k.

How to Install the Files

1. To make the USB drive recognized by the computer, you will need to modify the boot order. To launch the BIOS or UEFI controls at startup, turn on the computer by pressing F1, Escape, or delete.

2. Once the startup menu appears, locate the “boot” control menu. Make sure your computer can boot from USB. Save the UEFI/BIOS file and then exit.

3. The computer should automatically launch Windows 10 when it restarts. You can now follow these instructions to install Windows on your computer.

4. To complete Windows 10 setup, you will need a license code. However, it is not necessary to actually get Windows running. You can delay entering your key until the files have been installed if you don’t yet own a license key.

You may need to have a computer before you can get into Windows Installation. Or maybe you are building one with AMD Ryzen. You may be interested in our article Best AM4 X370 Motherboard for help choosing the right AM4 motherboard to build your Ryzen build.

Windows 10 will continue to run in a limited mode. While some features may be disabled, the operating system will still work as usual. This will give you the opportunity to purchase a Windows 10 Key.

Scroll to Top