How To Setup Your Computer To Boot From USB Drive

You may have installed Windows using CD/DVD drives many times. But now times have changed. Bootable USB Drives are in vogue these days. If you want to install Windows using USB drive, you have to make some changes to BIOS setting of your computer. This tutorial shows, how to setup your PC to boot from USB disk.

See also: How to Create bootable Windows USB Disk

Follow these steps to setup your computer to boot from USB drive-

Step 1

Restart your PC. While computer is starting again, press DELETE key repeatedly or any other specified key for your mother board, usually shown on the startup bios screen, to enter BIOS setting. If you see Windows starting the normally, restart your PC again and press DELETE key repeatedly until you see BIOS screen.


Step 2

In BIOS settings go to BOOT >> Boot Device Priority. You can use Scroll keys to navigate between Tabs and Options.


Set first BOOT device -> Removable Media.



If you are using OLD BIOS, you have to change Hard Disk Boot Priority. It is because your USB drive doesn’t appear as Removable Drive in old BIOS but as Hard Disk Drive. Set First boot device to HDD.


Now, go to Hard Disk Boot Priority and set your USB as first device to boot from.


Step 3

Press F10 and then press Enter to save and exit. This will save the changes you have made. In some new BIOS you can also use mouse. Click on Yes to save and exit on the confirmation popup that appeared after pressing F10.


Step 4

Now Restart your PC and insert Bootable USB drive. Press any key when you see “Press any key to boot from USB…“. PC will start loading startup files and Operating System installation will start.


Setting your PC to boot from USB is not a tough task, you just need to follow right steps. If you don’t know how to make bootable USB drive, click here. Enjoy booting from USB Drive! Comment your problems.

About Aslam Khan

Hi there, I am a blogger, engineer and a computer geek. I love kittens. I spend some of my time blogging besides full time job as Senior Windows Administrator. I like to learn new things.


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