How to boot from USB in Windows 10

Teodor Nechita
by Teodor Nechita
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Every time you boot your Windows PC, the default boot location is usually your hard drive where the operation system is installed. However, there are times when you may want to boot your PC from a USB drive.

However, this isn’t something that is very well-known but, even if users do know how to do it, they surely don’t know all the methods to do it.

That is precisely why we’ve compiled this step-by-step guide, to show you how to boot your Windows 10 PC from a USB drive.

How do I boot from USB in Windows 10?

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

1. Boot from a USB from within Windows 10

  1. Connect a USB drive into one of the PC’s ports
  2. Boot to Advanced Startup
  3. Select Use a device
  4. Select the USB drive you want to boot fromadvanced startup

The PC will now restart and boot from that particular USB drive.

Having problems accessing the Advanced Startup menu? Check out this guide that will show you how to make accessing it easier.

2. Boot from a USB drive at boot in a Windows 10 PC

  1. Connect a USB drive into one of the PC’s ports
  2. During a computer boot, enter the Boot Menu
    • This process varies from PC to PC, so check out your PC manufacturer’s specifications based on your needs
  3. In the Boot Menu, select the USB drive you want to boot from
    • This process depends on the PC that you have
      • You can either move the USB drive up the priority list using the F4 or F5 keys
      • You can also select to boot from it straight from the menu

boot menu

3. Boot from a USB drive on a Surface device

  1. While the surface device is turned off, connect a USB device
  2. Hold the volume-up button
  3. Press and release the power button
  4. Hold the volume-up button pressed until the Surface or Windows logo disappears
  5. The Surface Boot UEFI should appear
  6. Select Configure Alternate System Boot Order
  7. Rearrange the order so that the USB drive is the top pick
  8. Disable Secure Boot Control
  9. Restart the Surface device

By following any of the steps below, you should be able to easily boot both a Windows 10 PC and a Surface device from a USB drive.

Keep note that this will not affect the device’s ability to boot normally. If it boots without any bootable USB drive connected, it will switch back to booting from the system drive.

Let us know if you want to read about more boot options by commenting in the section below.

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