Windows 10: Boot Windows 10 from USB Hard Drive that used to be the internal OS

Discus and support Boot Windows 10 from USB Hard Drive that used to be the internal OS in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I upgraded my HDD to an SSD and starting fresh on the SSD and reinstalling everything. How can I boot into Windows 10 on the old HDD that is now in an... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by DDE12, Aug 1, 2020.

  1. DDE12 Win User

    Boot Windows 10 from USB Hard Drive that used to be the internal OS


    I upgraded my HDD to an SSD and starting fresh on the SSD and reinstalling everything. How can I boot into Windows 10 on the old HDD that is now in an external USB enclosure? I am trying to review some of the settings on the old setup so I can match on the new install. Thank you!

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    DDE12, Aug 1, 2020
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  2. Windows 10 USB boot

    Hi there, am not a windows 10 expert. I have a pc in the bedroom on windows 10, I messed up the bootloader trying to fix the xp on that system.

    System wont boot, trying to repair via win 10 usb installer.

    Downloaded the media creation tool to install windows 10 installer on usb stick. Not compatible with a host of usb sticks I have. Tried the usb sticks that others use, but I think they use rufus; as the media creation tool by win 10 does not detect the usb stick.

    So quick question, the win10 machine i am trying to repair the bootloader is a win7 upgraded to win10.
    If i were to use the usb win10 installer to "repair installation" does the version of the iso downloaded via the media creation tool matter?

    There is three options:
    Windows 10
    Windows 10 Home
    Windows 10 N

    Also is there a step by step instead of using rufus as I want to try an alternative method of creating a usb win 10 installer. Preferably with more compatibility.

    System is a asus sabertooth 990 (r2?) with AMD phenom X 6.

    Also is there any other software I can load onto the usb that can repair the bootloader easily?
    That would be the ideal alternative. Thanks
     
    TRUELOVE95, Aug 1, 2020
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  3. erocker Win User
    Installing windows from usb hard drive

    I know you can do that, but what about having different windows installers on each partition? I think that's what the OP needs.
     
    erocker, Aug 1, 2020
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  4. cadaveca Win User

    Boot Windows 10 from USB Hard Drive that used to be the internal OS

    Installing windows from usb hard drive

    You can install Windows on seperate partitions from an existing Windows install. The difference with doing it from the desktop is that you'll be able to select which OS you'd like to boot to, without entering bios at all...it will give you a list of each OS, and 30 seconds to choose(the time waiting before it automatically boots the first one on the list can be adjusted as well).


    There was a time when I was running XP, Vista, and Win7, all off of the same drive, with each OS on it's own partition.
     
    cadaveca, Aug 1, 2020
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