How To Install Windows 10 From A Bootable Thumb Drive


  1. Posts : 20
    Windows 10
       #1

    How To Install Windows 10 From A Bootable Thumb Drive


    My Windows 10 64 bit Home Premium operating system was corrupted and cannot load the system.
    I reset my computer and used a bootable thumb drive to operate the system.
    However, I retained my folders and other data during the reset process.
    At present, I have to have the thumb drive in my USB drive to use the computer.
    I would like to install the OS on my pc from the thumb drive so that I can load the system without the thumb drive.
    I would be grateful if the forumers can assist me in this respect.
    Please use simple, step by step manner and as non-technical language as possible as I am not a techie.
    Thank you.
    Regards,
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  2. spunk's Avatar
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    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 21H2
       #2

    However, I retained my folders and other data during the reset process.
    Please elaborate on what exact steps you took to do this.
    Do a
    Clean Install of Windows 10
    If your files are safely backed up on another drive. Get another USB Flash drive, on a working computer, download the
    ISO image for Windows 10. Burn the image to the USB Flash drive using the Media Creation Tool on the same page. You cannot use the same flash drive that the backed up files are on, because this processes wipes the drive. Put the burned USB Flash drive in the Troubled Computer and Start the computer pressing F12 for most computers, F9 for HP computers.
    You should get a page where you can do a one time change of boot order, where you would select the Flash drive. At the Windows Installer, choose your Language, then Custom Install. Here, in Where to install Windows?
    Delete all partitions on the drive until it is all Unallocated Space. Then press Next. Windows will create partitions and format them during the Windows install. At the first Reboot, you can remove the USB flash drive and the install will continue from the HDD/SSD.
    Once Windows is installed you can attach the drive with the backed up files and drag and drop or copy and paste them to the C:\Users\Username folder

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  3. Posts : 68
    Windows 10
       #3

    Sounds like two different ideas.

    1. You installed windows 10 on a USB stick but want to move ( transplant ) that install to a regular drive within the computer ?

    Well you could download WIN10PE edition and Rufus. Use Rufus to write to a spare USB you have lying around and maybe the version of Macrium Reflect will be able to clone the Windows install to drive you do not mind using. Then you should be able to boot from that drive ( which is a copy of your USB bootable Windows 10 ) and reclaim leftover space that was not formatted.

    or

    2. You need to get an .ISO and use Rufus ( or ISOtoUSB ) to write the .ISO to the USB for which it would now be a bootable Windows install drive. When you start up the machine you select which device to boot up from which is the USB drive and go through the installation to the d estination folder, may it be another USB, or drive within the computer itself.
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  4. AddRAM's Avatar
    Posts : 4,484
    Windows 10 Pro
       #4

    Ya a bit confusing.

    Do you want to reinstall windows on your PC ?
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  5. Posts : 39,289
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #5

    How had you performed the reset?
    Wasn't Windows installed during the reset save files?
    Did the computer not boot after the reset?
    Reset Windows 10

    Was the disk drive tested?


    Find a working computer and a flash drive that you can format.

    Please test the drive with Sea Tools bootable:
    How to use SeaTools Bootable | Seagate Support US
    SeaTools | Seagate Support US


    Does the computer have multiple USB ports?
    Are there multiple flash drives available?

    Important files on the flash drive can be saved to another disk drive or the cloud.
    A Windows 10 iso can be installed on a flash drive.
    The iso can install Windows 10.
    Then important files can be restored.

    In the future you can make free backup images and restore images when needed.
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  6. Megahertz's Avatar
    Posts : 3,487
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #6

    TomKunzo said:
    My Windows 10 64 bit Home Premium operating system was corrupted and cannot load the system.
    I reset my computer and used a bootable thumb drive to operate the system.
    However, I retained my folders and other data during the reset process.
    At present, I have to have the thumb drive in my USB drive to use the computer.
    I would like to install the OS on my pc from the thumb drive so that I can load the system without the thumb drive.
    I would be grateful if the forumers can assist me in this respect.
    Please use simple, step by step manner and as non-technical language as possible as I am not a techie.
    Thank you.
    Regards,
    You don't need to start from scratch. If the main problem is that you can't start the computer without the USB drive you can just reinstall the boot files on the main drive.
    Please edit your profile with ALL your hardware specs. It will help us to help you
    System Specs - Fill in at Ten Forums

    Post a Disk Manager full window image here. Don't forget to expand the columns so we can read them.
    How to Post a Screenshot of Disk Management
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  7. Posts : 68
    Windows 10
       #7

    If you reset your computer the first time then repeat the process again. I would assume using a recover disk with options like
    "Media Creation Tool" or "WIN10PE" or the official Windows 10 install ???

    I honestly like how some people are able to setup their machines to be bootable via a thumb drive or secondary drive. In the computer forensics world you have people who have a raid where multiple drives are used to create one partition and without that specific drive the entire thing is unable to function. Nowadays we can use SD cards on top of chip to pull of the same method and have something like SSD storage.

    However in your method anybody with enough knowledge could just come along and repair the problem with your computer and make access via making a new account even if it using the CMD built in, another machine, or via remote
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  8. Posts : 20
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Megahertz said:
    You don't need to start from scratch. If the main problem is that you can't start the computer without the USB drive you can just reinstall the boot files on the main drive.
    Please edit your profile with ALL your hardware specs. It will help us to help you
    System Specs - Fill in at Ten Forums

    Post a Disk Manager full window image here. Don't forget to expand the columns so we can read them.
    How to Post a Screenshot of Disk Management
    I finally managed to download the operating system from the bootable usb drive from the setup available in the usb drive itself.
    I can now boot my pc without the bootable thumb drive.
    Thank you everybody for your prompt response.
    Thank you.
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