How to Set up your PC to Boot from USB

When you need to install Windows or any other OS from USB, you first need to set up your computer BIOS or UEFI to boot from USB. Only after that, you would be able to install OS from the bootable USB disk. The process to enable USB boot may vary for every different OEM but there are some common options that you can look for.

So, in this tutorial, we will show you how to change BIOS/UEFI settings to enable booting from a USB disk. The first step in the process includes getting into BIOS or UEFI settings. This process may be different for every different brand/manufacturer.

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Enable Boot from USB Disk in BIOS or UEFI Settings

Follow these steps to set up your computer to boot from a USB drive.

Step 1: Go to BIOS or UEFI Settings

Restart your PC. While the computer is starting again, press DELETE repeatedly or any other specified key for your motherboard. It is usually shown on the startup BIOS screen, to enter the BIOS setting. Here is the list of major manufacturers with BIOS keys.

DELLPress F12 when the Dell Logo is displayed.
HPPress F9 when the HP Logo is displayed.
LenovoPress F12 when the Lenovo Logo is displayed.
ToshibaPress F12 or F2 when the Toshiba Logo appears.
AcerPress F12 as the Acer Logo appears.
ASUSPress the DELETE key while booting up.
OthersTry pressing the Esc, F1-F12, or the Enter key during bootup.

If you see Windows starting normally, restart your PC again and press the BIOS key repeatedly until you see the BIOS screen.

BIOS home screen
BIOS home screen

Step 2: Change Boot Priority to Boot from USB First

In BIOS settings go to BOOT > Boot Device Priority. You can use scroll keys to navigate between tabs and options.

Go to Boot and select Boot Device Priority in BIOS settings
Go to Boot and select Boot Device Priority in BIOS settings

Set the first BOOT device to Removable Media.

Set first boot device to Removable Media to boot from USB
Set first boot device to Removable Media


If you are using OLD BIOS, you have to change the Hard Disk Boot Priority. It is because your USB drive doesn’t appear as a Removable Drive in the old BIOS but as a Hard Disk Drive. Set the first boot device to HDD.

Set first boot device to HDD in old BIOS
Set first boot device to HDD in old BIOS

Now, go to Hard Disk Boot Priority and set your USB as the first device to boot from.

Change HDD boot priority to USB HDD on the top
Change HDD boot priority to USB HDD on the top

SEE ALSO: How to Setup your PC to Boot from CD/DVD?

Step 3: Save Changes and Restart your PC

Press F10 and then press Enter to save the changes and exit the BIOS/UEFI settings. This will save the changes you have made. In new BIOS systems, you can also use the mouse. Click on Yes to save and exit on the confirmation popup that appeared after pressing F10.

Save Configuration and Exit BIOS Settings
Save Configuration and Exit BIOS Settings

Step 4: Boot From Bootable USB Disk

Now Restart your PC and insert the bootable USB drive. Press any key when you see “Press any key to boot from USB…“. PC will start loading startup files and Operating System installation will start.

Press Any Key To Boot From Usb
Press any key to boot from USB

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Setup BIOS or UEFI to Boot your PC from USB Disk

Setting your PC to boot from USB is not a tough task, you just need to follow the right steps. However, as mentioned earlier, the steps might be different for every manufacturer or OEM. But you can look through available options and find the right settings.

After setting up the BIOS, you just need a bootable USB to start the OS installation process. Hope, you liked the tutorial. Share your queries and suggestions in the comment section below.

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