Need to install Windows from USB? Here\’s how to do that, find your Windows product key and how to download Windows ISO files… legally. So if you’ve lost your Windows DVD, or you never had one, you can still reinstall Windows without it.
But you\’re here to learn how to put Windows on a USB drive, so here are the basic steps
- Download the MIcrosoft Media Creation Tool
- Run it and choose which version of Windows you need
- Windows will be downloaded
- Plug in a USB drive
- A bootable drive with Windows will be created
How do I put Windows on a USB drive?
First, make sure you have your Windows product key. Here are some tips on finding your Windows key.
You\’ll need to know which version of Windows you have a product key for, such as Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. This may be printed on the sticker, but if not, you can go to the Control Panel, then System and Security, and System.
Along with other information about your PC or laptop, this will tell you precisely the version of Windows. Windows keys usually work with both 32- or 64-bit versions, but you can’t download a Professional version if your key is for a Home version. All computers these days are 64-bit.
For more, see How to format a hard drive
The rest of the installation process should be self-explanatory, but you\’ll find more details in our How to install Windows 10 and How to reinstall Windows guides.