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How to Boot from a USB Flash Drive in Windows 10

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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






USB Drive - Boot from in Windows 10 OPTION ONE USB Drive - Boot from in Windows 10
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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USB Drive - Boot from in Windows 10 OPTION TWO USB Drive - Boot from in Windows 10
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 a key (ex: F11) 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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USB Drive - Boot from in Windows 10 OPTION THREE USB Drive - Boot from in Windows 10
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, and Surface Pro 3 tablet pc.


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