Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC

    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC

    How to Boot from a USB Flash Drive in Windows 10
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    24 Oct 2017
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    How to Boot from a USB Flash Drive in Windows 10

    information   Information
    This tutorial will show you how to boot from a USB drive at boot or from within a Windows 10 PC or Surface.

    Note   Note
    If you have fast boot or ultra fast boot enabled in your UEFI firmware settings, then you will need to temporarily disable fast boot or ultra fast boot to be able to boot from a USB.

    How to Enable Fast Boot or Ultra Fast Boot in UEFI Firmware Settings for Windows


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Boot from a USB Drive from within Windows 10
    • Option Two: To Boot from a USB Drive at Boot on Windows 10 PC
    • Option Three: To Boot from a USB Drive at Boot on Surface






    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC OPTION ONE Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC
    To Boot from a USB Drive from within Windows 10

    1. Connect a bootable USB drive to a USB port on your PC.

    2. Boot to Advanced startup options from within Windows 10.

    3. After the computer restarts, click/tap on the Use a device option. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Click/tap on the USB drive that you want to use to boot from. The computer will now restart and boot from the selected USB drive. (see screenshot below)

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    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC OPTION TWO Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC
    To Boot from a USB Drive at Boot on Windows 10 PC

    1. Connect a bootable USB drive to a USB port on your PC.

    2. Turn on or restart your PC.

    3. Press the appropriate key (ex: F11) displayed for Boot Menu when you see the option available like below.
    Note   Note
    The key to press for Boot Menu will vary per motherboard. Usually the boot screen will show you what key to press like below.

    You can also read the manual for your motherboard to see what specific key to press for Boot Menu.


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    4. In the boot menu, click on the USB drive you want to boot from. (see screenshot below)

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    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC OPTION THREE Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC
    To Boot from a USB Drive at Boot on Surface

    Note   Note
    This option will show you how to boot from a USB drive on Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, Surface Studio, or Surface Book PC.

    See also: Boot Microsoft Surface from a USB device


    1. While Surface is turned off, connect a bootable USB drive to the USB port.

    2. Press and hold the volume-down button. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Press and release the power button. (see screenshot below)

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    4. When the Surface logo appears, release the volume-down button. Surface will now boot from the USB drive. (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    11 Apr 2017 #1
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    Windows 10 Home,64-bit, Version 1703, Build 15063.674

    Due to some tweaking with BIOS while trying for "Clean Install" I've lost the "Use a Device" & "Use another Operating System" options in the "Advanced Start Up". How to restore the same ? I am using UEFI BIOS of American MegaTrends, 217. I've just installed Win 10 Creators Update
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  2.    11 Apr 2017 #2
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17040
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    Hello layman,

    Check your UEFI/BIOS settings to make sure that any "Allow USB at boot" type setting is enabled.
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  3.    11 Apr 2017 #3
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    Windows 10 Home,64-bit, Version 1703, Build 15063.674

    Hello Brink,
    The BIOS settings -> Advanced shows the default option as Legacy USB Support "Enabled". The other options are "Auto" & "Disabled". The BIOS settings -> Boot shows Boot Option #1 as Windows Boot Manager. More Boot Options may be created by mentioning Path. There is no option "Allow USB at boot" to be "Enabled".
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  4.    11 Apr 2017 #4
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    The "Use another Operating System" option would only be there if you dual boot with another Windows OS.

    If you have a bootable USB flash drive connected and USB is enabled in UEFI, then you should see the "Use a Device" option. I'm not sure why you wouldn't otherwise. You might try having the USB flash drive connected to a different USB port to see if that may be the issue.
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  5.    11 Apr 2017 #5
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    Windows 10 Home,64-bit, Version 1703, Build 15063.674

    There is no issue with the USB ports. The Bootable USB stick is visible in "Windows explorer" as well as "Device manager", but the "Advanced Start up" still does not show "Use another device". Incidentally, when I upgraded to version 1607, it was showing.
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  6.    11 Apr 2017 #6
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    I must admit that I'm not sure why you don't have the option anymore.

    Are you able to use the boot menu from your motherboard like in Option 2 for now to boot from the USB?
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  7.    12 Apr 2017 #7
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    Windows 10 Home,64-bit, Version 1703, Build 15063.674

    After adding another boot option (ex. F: ) in the BIOS, the "Use another device" option is back in "Advanced Start Up".
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  8.    12 Apr 2017 #8
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    Perfect. Thank you for posting back with your results and findings.
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