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Setup Windows from USB drive

AnyBurn (Pro) can easily create windows bootable USB drive, thus you can setup Windows without CD or DVD drive. This feature is very useful because more and more computers are not equipped with a compact drive. To setup Windows from USB drive, please follow the steps,

Step1: Create Bootable USB Drive:

  1. Start AnyBurn (Pro) (v6.0 or newer version, download here).

  2. Insert the USB drive you intend to boot from.

  3. Click the button, "Create bootable USB drive". If you are using Windows Vista or higher  operating system, you need confirm the UAC dialog to continue.

  4. If you have a Windows installation ISO file, you can choose "Image file" for the source, and select the ISO file. Otherwise, you need a Windows installation compact disc. Insert the disc in the drive, and choose "Compact disc" for the source.

    Select the correct USB drive from the "Destination USB drive" list. If multiple USB drives are connected to the computer, please make sure that you have chosen the correct drive.

    Choose the proper writing method. For most of modern computers you can select "UEFI" as boot mode. If your computer doesn't support UEFI booting, or you have enabled CSM support in BIOS settings, you can select "BIOS" or "BIOS & UEFI-CSM" mode instead. 


    You can also click "More settings" button to view or modify the partitions which will be created in the USB drive.


  5. Click "Next" button to start burning ISO to USB drive. Please notice that all data on USB drive will be destroyed. You should see the detailed progress information during writing USB drive.

    You should see the message "Writing USB drive completed successfully." if the ISO file was burned to the USB drive successfully.

If no errors occurred in the above process, you should now be all set to setup Windows from USB drive!


Step 2: Configuring the BIOS to boot from USB drive:

You should now reboot and go into the BIOS configuration to boot from USB. Instructions for doing so wildly from system to system, but generally entail the following:

  1. Reboot the system.

  2. While booting (before Windows starts loading), get into the BIOS configuration screen by hitting something like F1, F2, Delete or Escape. Hotkey instructions are generally provided on the screen.

  3. Go to the section that contains your boot devices.

  4. With your USB drive plugged in, the USB drive should be listed. If it isnít, your system might not support booting from USB. Assuming that it is supported (as is the case with virtually all modern hardware), promote your USB drive to the primary boot device. If you have created bootable USB drive in "BIOS" or "BIOS & UEFI-CSM" mode, please enable CSM support in BIOS configurations. For some old computers which doesn't support UEFI booting, you will also need create bootable USB drive in "BIOS" or "BIOS & UEFI-CSM" mode, otherwise, the USB drive may not be listed.

  5. Exit from the BIOS configuration, saving all changes.

Please be careful when you change the BIOS settings, you can seriously screw up your system by providing incorrect settings!


Step 3: Booting and setup windows from USB drive:

Assuming that you properly configured your BIOS and your USB drive supports booting,  Windows setup should now load. Depending on the speed of your USB drive, this may take a while.

If it isnít working, then double-check the following before making a scene:

  • Is your BIOS properly configured for booting from the USB device? (Is the USB device listed and does it have top priority?)

  • Have you correctly prepared the USB drive in step one? (Restart the procedure or change the boot mode.)

  • Does your USB drive properly support being booted from? (Try another one!)

Note: The above guide works with Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8 / 8.1, 7, Windows Server 2022, 2019, 2016, or Windows Vista. 

To setup Windows XP from USB drive, please refer https://www.poweriso.com/tutorials/how-to-make-winxp-bootable-usb-drive.htm.

To setup Windows Linux from USB drive, please refer https://www.poweriso.com/tutorials/how-to-make-linux-bootable-usb-drive.htm.


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