Windows 10: Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC

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  1. layman Win User

    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC


    How to: Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC

    How to Boot from a USB Flash Drive in Windows 10


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

    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.


    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




    OPTION ONE [/i] 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)

    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC [​IMG]

    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)

    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC [​IMG]






    OPTION TWO [/i] 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.

    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.



    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC [​IMG]


    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC [​IMG]

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

    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC [​IMG]






    OPTION THREE [/i] To Boot from a USB Drive at Boot on Surface
    See also: Boot Surface from a USB device



    Configure your Surface to start 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-up button. (see screenshot below)

    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC [​IMG]

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

    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC [​IMG]

    4 Continue holding the volume-up button until the Surface or Windows logo no longer appears on the screen.(see screenshot below)

    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC [​IMG]

    5 You should now see the Surface UEFI. Do one of the following:
    • Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro (5th Gen), Surface Pro (5th Gen) with LTE Advanced, Surface Pro 6, Surface Book, Surface Book 2, Surface Studio (1st Gen), Surface Studio 2, Surface Laptop (1st Gen), Surface Laptop 2, Surface Go or Surface Go with LTE Advanced: Go to step 14 below.
    • Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3: Go to step 6 below.
    • Surface Pro 1 and Surface Pro 2: Go to step 10 below.
    6 Select Configure Alternate System Boot Order.

    7 Do one of the following:
    • Surface Pro 3: Select USB > SSD.
    • Surface 3: Select Network > USB > SSD.
    8 Select Exit Setup.

    9 Select Yes to save the configuration and restart Surface.

    10 Select Secure Boot Control.

    11 Select Disable. This will allow Surface to search for an alternate device to boot from instead of from your SSD.

    This may affect the look of your Surface splash screen.


    12 Select Exit Setup.

    13 Select Yes to save the configuration and restart Surface.

    14 Select Boot configuration.

    15 Select USB Storage and drag it to the top of the list. Alternatively, you can swipe left on USB Storage to boot to the device immediately. This will not affect the boot order.

    16 Select Exit and then select Restart Now.

    Start Surface from a USB drive
    Once you’ve followed the steps above, you’re ready to start your Surface from your USB drive.

    Before starting your Surface from a USB drive, make sure you don’t have any other USB devices connected to your Surface, including USB mouse devices, keyboards, or other storage drives. Surface will try to boot from any other connected USB devices.

    If you don’t want to start your Surface from your USB drive, make sure the drive is not inserted in the USB port on your Surface when you start it.

    If you’re having trouble starting your Surface by using the steps below, you can boot it from the USB drive through Windows. To do this

    Insert the USB drive into the USB port, and then go to Start, select Settings > Update & security > Recovery.

    Under Advanced startup, select Restart Now.

    On the Choose an option screen, select Use a device > USB Storage.


    Surface Pro (5th Gen), Surface Pro (5th Gen) with LTE Advanced, Surface Go, Surface Go with LTE Advanced, Surface Laptop (1st Gen), Surface Laptop 2, Surface Book, Surface Book 2, Surface Studio (1st Gen), Surface Studio 2, Surface Pro 4, Surface 3, or Surface Pro 3 with a configured boot order in UEFI

    1 Shut down your Surface.

    2 Insert the bootable USB drive into the USB port on your Surface.

    3 Press the power button to turn it on.

    4 Follow the on-screen instructions to boot from your USB drive.
    Surface Pro (5th Gen), Surface Pro (5th Gen) with LTE Advanced, Surface Go, Surface Go with LTE Advanced, Surface Laptop (1st Gen), Surface Laptop 2, Surface Book, Surface Book 2, Surface Studio (1st Gen), Surface Studio 2, Surface Pro without a configured boot order in UEFI



    1 Shut down your Surface.

    2 Insert the bootable USB drive into the USB port on your Surface.

    3 Press and hold the volume-down button on the Surface. While you're doing this, press and release the power button.

    4 The Microsoft or Surface logo appears on your screen. Continue to hold the volume-down button. Release the button once spinning dots appear beneath the logo.

    5 Follow the on-screen instructions to boot from your USB drive.

    That's it,
    Shawn


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    layman, Apr 10, 2017
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  2. neilpzz Win User

    My PC won't start the windows screen

    If you used the media creation tool to create a USB drive then you have Windows 10 installation media. This should boot the PC to the installation screen.

    Are you sure the PC is set to boot from the USB drive.

    Did this PC come with Windows 10 or was it part of the free upgrade from a previous OS. (if so what was the previous OS)

    Have you changes any hardware or do you have anything new plugged into any other USB ports.
     
    neilpzz, Apr 10, 2017
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  3. RaddMonz Win User
    Nuvision TM800 Reset loop

    Well, I already have a bootable Windows 10 USB drive, I'll need to pick up a micro USB adapter.

    Will the tablet automatically boot from the USB drive without changing the BIOS boot order like you need to do with standard PCs?

    Thanks
     
    RaddMonz, Apr 10, 2017
    #3
  4. Brink
    Brink New Member

    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC

    Hello layman, *Smile

    Check your UEFI/BIOS settings to make sure that any "Allow USB at boot" type setting is enabled.
     
    Brink, Apr 10, 2017
    #4
  5. layman Win User
    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".
     
    layman, Apr 10, 2017
    #5
  6. Brink
    Brink New Member
    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.
     
    Brink, Apr 10, 2017
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  7. layman Win User
    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.
     
    layman, Apr 10, 2017
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  8. Brink
    Brink New Member

    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC

    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?
     
    Brink, Apr 10, 2017
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  9. layman Win User
    After adding another boot option (ex. F: ) in the BIOS, the "Use another device" option is back in "Advanced Start Up".
     
    layman, Apr 12, 2017
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  10. Brink
    Brink New Member
    Perfect. Thank you for posting back with your results and findings. *Party
     
    Brink, Apr 4, 2018
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