How to Boot or Login to Windows with a USB Flash Drive (Example)

If you have had problems with your computer to enter Windows, this article will surely interest you. We offer you another option: start windows using a USB pendrive Boot. This gives you the opportunity to run the diagnostic tools to discover the error in the drive.

You can even start a OS different. We will first explain how to save the necessary system files to boot smoothly and then how to configure the BIOS to run it.

Step One: Create a Bootable USB

There is an application that facilitates this task, it is called Rufus. Download the latest version. It is an excellent tool for Windows, it allows you to make a bootable memory and create boot mechanisms from external drives such as the pendrive, and it is free. It is downloaded as a compressed file with a .rar extension and you unzip it with WinRar. When you run it, it is probably in English, so follow these steps:

  • In the countryside Device, select the drive where the USB to boot is located.on the table a usb with windows type logo
  • On File System, usually the default system FAT32 is set. There are times that the ISO you select is not compatible with FAT32If this is your case, don’t worry, the program will change it automatically. Example: If the system to select is Windows 8.1, the change to NTFS is immediate.
  • On New Volume label we put the name for the USB. Otherwise, the system will do it for you.
  • In a box with the icon of a unit and a CD, we click. A window will open to choose the ISO file to be inserted into the USB.
  • Now we press Start. We wait a few minutes, when the message appears on the bar Ready, you can press Close and ready. Already in this step we can start windows with the USB pendrive.

Second step: Start or boot Windows with the pendrive

  • When restarting the computer, we must be aware at the bottom of the screen and look for the phrase: «Press (the key that indicates) to enter Setup». Press the key to enter BIOS.
  • Once inside we look for the tab or option that says BOOT.usb about to be inserted into a computer
  • We put the USB drive in 1st place. The box at the bottom of the BIOS will be very helpful, it indicates the directional keys to use to position the unit.
  • We press the F10 key to save the changes and exit. And it will restart the computer. Remember to keep the pendrive connected to the PC when restarting. And ready.


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If you are going to frequently start the operating system from the pendrive, it is recommended to configure the BIOS order: First USB, CD, hard disk. So the computer will start with the first option. By changing the BIOS parameters we run the risk of unexpected inconveniences or PC failure. If you are not familiar with modifying the BIOS, we suggest take specific notes of what you did, in case you have to undo the changes.

You must have downloaded the ISO image of your operating system with which you are going to start. Microsoft has a website that enables the Windows 7 disk image download option, and if we refer to Windows 10, it has its own tool.

Is named Media Creation Tool. When you download it, run it and then it will start working. We can also count on another very useful tool, called YUMI. Its interface is very simple and can be used in both Linux and Windows.

We have provided you with multiple tools so that you can use the one that suits you best and it is not a problem to start or log into Windows with the USB pendrive. Mastering these techniques will save you a lot of headaches, since errors are often common when starting the operating system. We hope you make the most of this knowledge. If you wish, you can share your experience with us.

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