How do i reinstall windows 10 from usb

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2024 by

If your Windows 10 operating system is experiencing issues or you simply want a fresh start, reinstalling it from a USB drive can be a quick and easy solution. In this article, we will guide you through the steps of how to reinstall Windows 10 from a USB drive.

Preparing the USB Drive

Before you can begin the reinstallation process, you will need to prepare a USB drive with the Windows 10 installation files. You will need a USB drive with at least 8GB of storage space and a working computer with internet access.

Downloading the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

The first step is to download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from the official Microsoft website. This tool will help you create a bootable USB drive with the Windows 10 installation files. Once the download is complete, run the tool and follow the instructions to create the USB drive.

Formatting the USB Drive

Once the USB drive is created, you will need to format it to make it bootable. To do this, insert the USB drive into your computer and open File Explorer. Right-click on the USB drive and select “Format.” Make sure the file system is set to “FAT32” and click “Start” to begin the formatting process.

Reinstalling Windows 10

Now that your USB drive is prepared, you can begin the reinstallation process.

Booting from the USB Drive

To boot from the USB drive, you will need to restart your computer and enter the BIOS or UEFI settings. The key to access these settings varies depending on your computer’s manufacturer, but it is usually F2, F10, or Del. Once you are in the BIOS or UEFI settings, look for the “Boot” or “Boot Order” option and set the USB drive as the first boot device.

Installing Windows 10

Once your computer boots from the USB drive, you will see the Windows 10 installation screen. Follow the instructions to select your language, time and currency format, and keyboard or input method. Then, click “Install Now” to begin the installation process.

Activating Windows 10

During the installation process, you will be prompted to enter your Windows 10 product key. If you have a digital license, you can skip this step. If you do not have a product key, you can purchase one from the Microsoft Store or continue without a product key. Your Windows 10 will still be activated, but you will have a watermark on your desktop until you enter a product key.

Completing the Installation

Once the installation is complete, your computer will restart and you will be prompted to set up your Windows 10 settings. Follow the instructions to personalize your settings and create a user account. Once you have completed these steps, you will be taken to the Windows 10 desktop and your reinstallation is complete.


Reinstalling Windows 10 from a USB drive is a simple and effective way to fix any issues with your operating system or start fresh. By following these steps, you can easily reinstall Windows 10 and have your computer running smoothly again. Have you ever had to reinstall Windows 10 from a USB drive? Let us know in the comments.

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