How to Install Windows 10 From ISO File / USB Drive

Want to install windows 10 from ISO file or USB drive?

If yes, then you definitely gonna love this post.

In the previous post, I have already talked about installing windows 7 from a USB flash drive.

And now I am here with this windows 10 installation guide.

I know I am pretty late to publish this post as most of the authority sites have already covered it.

Which is really great.

But I don’t why many users are still facing some issues & failed to set up it properly.

But don’t worry because this guide will definitely help you to do a clean install from an ISO file using USB-Stick.

Let’s see how it works…

How to Install Windows 10 From ISO File / USB Flash Drive

This tutorial is divided into two parts. First, we will create the Windows 10 USB from ISO file and then we will move to the installation part.

But before we dive in further.

Please make sure that you have all the below mentioned things with you.

A bootable Windows 10 ISO file, 4/8Gb USB flash drive/ Pendrive and a good software to make USB bootable.

And if you don’t have an ISO file, then you can download it from the given link or you can also create your own iso file from DVD/CD if you have them.

Windows 10 ISO Direct Download link.

Now I hope you have all the essential things to install windows 10 from ISO file or USB drive.

So let’s get started with this step by step guide.

Note:- If you are installing Windows 10 on your laptop, notebook, or tablet. Please make sure that your device is 70-80% or fully charged.

1. Create Windows 10 bootable USB

The first step is to create a windows 10 bootable USB from an ISO image file. And for that, you need a boot tool like Rufus, win to USB, or Windows USB/DVD download tool. So, that you can easily convert your iso file to USB.

You can also use other boot tool but according to me, these are best and Rufus is also known as the Windows 10 bootable USB tool. 

Now once your bootable device is ready then move to 2nd step.

2. Configure BIOS Settings

After creating a bootable device, the next step is to boot from this USB device and for that, you need to configure your BIOS Settings. And to configure these settings, you need to restart your CPU and as soon as it starts booting then keep pressing the Boot Menu or the BIOS keys.

Some of the common BIOS keys are Esc, F1, F2, F11 & F12 & you can try any of them according to your motherboard manufacturer.

Once you are in the BIOS settings, then Go to the Boot Menu and change the Boot Order priority from hard drive / hard disk to the USB flash drive as 1st priority. Now save the BIOS settings and then Exit.

Tip:- You can also use the F10 Key to simply save & exit the BIOS settings easily.

3. Start Windows 10 Installation

Once the Boot Order has been successfully changed to the USB Drive. Now Restart your CPU and your windows 10 installer will be automatically booted.

But in some PCs, it also asks permission like Press any key to boot from CD / DVD… &  at that time you can use any key.

Now it will start booting & loading the windows 10 files from the USB & the Windows 10 Setup will start.

Start Windows 10 Installation

And here comes the major step to install windows 10 from ISO or USB.

4. Installing Windows 10 OS

Now select the Language to install, Time and currency format and Keyboard or input method according to your preference. And Click on Next.

Installing Windows 10 OS

Now click on Install now button to start the installation process & wait for a few minutes while Windows 10 setup moves to the next screen.

Install now

Now it will ask for the product key to activate windows & if you have it then type in there or you can also do it later. So, Click on the Skip button.

Product Key to Activate Windows

And then it will ask to select the operating system you want to install and you can select any of them. As I will select “Windows 10 Home 64 bit” for now and then click on Next.

Windows 10 Home 64bit

Now it will show the Microsoft Software License Terms and condition. If you want to read them then you can do or simply scroll down and Enable / Check the I accept the license terms option & Click on Next.

Microsoft Software License Terms

5. Type of Windows Installation

Now choose the type of windows 10 installation process. If you want to keep your files, settings & program then choose Upgrade Option. And if you want to do a clean windows 10 install then select the Custom (advanced) option. So, Click on the Custom (advanced) option.

Custom (advanced)

Note:- Clean install is basically a type of installation in which you cleans off or wipe all your old windows operating files which is a better option.

6. Drive / Disk Partitioning

Now here you need to select the disk partition where you want to install windows 10 from USB/ISO file & make it a primary boot partition. And here you will see all the partitions which were created for the previous Operating System. If you want to use them, then you can use or you can create your own new partitions here.

I prefer not to create new partitions as it will only consume your time. But if these partitions really matter to you, then you click on Drive options (advanced), then click on the New button and enter your partition size in MB (Megabytes).

Disk Partitioning

Once the partitions are ready, now select the partition and click on Format and then click on Next.

7. Installing & Copying Windows files

Now, wait for 8-10 minutes while windows 10 setup is Copying Windows files and Getting files ready for installation.

Copying Windows files

Once all the files are copied and installing features & updates are done. It will automatically Restart / Reboot the Windows 10 Setup & after that, you will see a message of Getting Devices ready.

Getting Devices ready

And Done! You have successfully installed windows 10 on your hard drive and now comes the configuration & preferences part.

8. Win10 Preferences Settings

Now after copying all the files and installing updates successfully you will be booted again to the new screen and it will ask for the preferences. So, Select the Region as the United States or you can also select according to you and click on Yes.

Windows 10 Preferences Settings

Now next is to select the right keyboard layout as US or English (India) and then click on Yes.

Right Keyboard Layout

And if you want to add a second keyboard layout, then click on Add layout or simply click on Skip.

Second Keyboard Layout

Now next is to create your new user account & passwords.

9. Creating a User Account & Password

On the next screen, it will ask “Who’s going to use this PC?”. So, type in the User Account Name and then click on Next.

User Account Name

Now create a super memorable password for the User Account and then click on Next.

User Account Password

And then confirm your windows 10 password and Click on Next.

Confirm Windows 10 Password

After creating a password, it will ask to create security questions for this account. So choose them wisely which you can remember and then click on Next.

Create Security Questions

Now let’s move to the final Windows 10 settings.

10. Finalizing Windows 10 Settings

Now on the next screen, it will ask for “Do more across devices with activity history” which is a Windows 10 Timeline feature. The timeline feature keeps a track record of the apps and websites you visit on a daily basis which is a good option. So click on Yes.

Windows 10 Timeline feature

After that, it will ask you to “Get help from your digital assistant” which is also known as the Cortana feature. This basically works as the Google Assistant and Siri for windows 10 users. So click on Accept.

Cortana Feature

And at last “Choose privacy settings for your device” for features like online speech recognition, location & Find my device. So, choose them wisely and then click on Accept.

Choose Privacy Settings

And Done! After a few minutes, your settings will be saved and you will see your Windows 10 running on your PC.

Windows 10 Running on your PC

That’s it for now…


So, that’s how you can easily install windows 10 from Pendrive using ISO a file in your new computer or laptop. So, what are you waiting for, Go ahead and use this awesome installation guide? You can also follow the same process for Windows 8 and Windows 7.

Stay tuned for the next post on how to create windows 10 bootable USB.

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