How to Boot from USB on HP Laptop [Windows 10 Easy Guide]

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HP Laptop with Windows 10


We all know that an operating system is the core component to run any sort of laptop. And when it comes to the HP brand, you can’t take risks by doing things improperly. So in order to work things out perfectly in your precious HP laptop, I’ve come up with a detailed process of how to boot windows 10 from a USB on your HP laptop. 

Talking about booting an operating system, doing it by USB is the easiest way to go. It is due to the fact that the DVD drives are not typically old-fashioned and is not even a trend in the market these days. Booting from the USB is quite easy as well as convenient. And no matter whether your laptop is old or new, the USB booting option is available for all.

Also, if you are facing some issues regarding the lags and slow performance of your PC or the laptop, you should consider upgrading your machine’s operating system to Windows 11. Windows 11 is faster, smoother and more convenient than its predecessor. You can read more details about Windows 11 by clicking here.

On the other hand, if you are looking to install a fresh windows 10 copy on your HP laptop, please proceed with the article.

First Things First:

If you are planning to boot fresh windows copy onto your HP laptop, the very first thing you will do is to make a bootable USB. It is the very initial step before starting the booting process. There are numerous guides on how to make a USB bootable with Windows 10 and I will link an authentic process down below.

The method mentioned above specifically targets making the bootable USB using third-party software called Rufus. Just in case if you don’t know, Rufus is software that is used to make a USB bootable. Although it is very effective, it somehow involves a factor of risk where it can completely block the USB if the method is not followed correctly. So if you’re planning to make your USB bootable for Windows 10, make sure you do it the right way. Otherwise, you can lose your very precious USB in the process.

However, there is another method that is quite safer than the one that involves Rufus. That also features making the USB bootable but using an authentic, certified program known as Windows Media Creation Tool.

The method involving the Windows Media Creation Tool is quite simple, effective and safe. And to help you to get familiar with the process, I will link a small video down below where you can see how to make a USB bootable with Windows using Windows Media Creation Tool.

Now in order to proceed step by step in the process of making the USB bootable using the Windows Media Creation Tool, I’ll guide you with the process below.

Step 1: Inserting the USB Flash Drive:

This is the first and the foremost process when you plug in your Normal USB to a PC or a laptop that already has Windows Operating System installed. Remember that it is the most essential step because, in order to make a bootable USB, you always need a system that runs the Windows Operating System already.

Step 2: Download the Tool:

After successfully plugging in the USB flash drive in your Windows system, the next thing is to download the Windows Media Creation Tool from the site. And in order to make your work easy, I’ve linked the file from the original Microsoft site. You can access and download the tool by clicking here.

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Step 3: Go Through the Licensing Terms:

Although many of us ignore this, it is one of the most essential steps when installing windows, in fact, installing anything. It is important to go through the licensing terms for installing Windows. When done, click ‘Accept’ to continue the further process.

Step 4: Creating Installation Media:

This is the step where you will get a screen that will highlight “What do you want to do?” You will get two options to respond to this.

  1. Upgrade this PC now.
  2. Create Installation Media (USB Flash Drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC.

As we are making a bootable USB, you should consider clicking the second option that highlights creating installation media.

Step 5: Other Formalities:

When you will proceed further, it will ask you about your preferred language, edition, and architecture. Select your most favourable options to avoid any sort of problem in future. 

Step 6: Select your Flash Drive:

Next, your system will list down all the attached external flash drives that can allocate the windows and can act as a bootable device. So if you have multiple flash drives attached to your system, you can specifically choose which one should contain the windows. However, I will advise you to eject all the unnecessary flash drives in order to avoid confusion. 

Step 7: The Downloading Process:

After selecting the right flash drive and proceeding with the next steps, you will be prompted to a dialogue box that will start downloading Windows 10. It will directly download the Operating system into your flash drive. However, the time taken in all this process will vary, depending upon how fast your internet connection is.

Final Step: Everything’s Ready!

When the downloading process will reach to its end, you will get a message saying that “Your USB Flash Drive is Ready”. This message will indicate that your flash drive is ready to be used as a Bootable Device.

The Booting Process:

Now as you have a perfect Bootable USB flash drive ready in your hands, it is now time to plug it in your HP laptop and start installing Windows 10 in it. Stick to the following process in order to successfully get your HP laptop running with Windows 10.

Step 1: Plugging In:

Plug the bootable USB into a working USB port in your HP laptop. If you are using an old HP laptop, make sure that the port you are using is in working condition.

Step 2: Proceeding Towards the Boot Manager:

When the USB is inserted, press the power button to turn on the laptop. And within a few seconds, press F9 to jump into the Boot Manager. From there, enter BIOS and select the boot from the USB Flash/ Hard Drive option. Selecting this will ensure your proper boot from the USB flash drive. 

Step 3: Entering the Product Key:

After proceeding with the USB flash drive option, you will proceed towards the windows installation menu. From there, the setup will ask you to type in the Windows product key in order to activate the Windows. However, if you do not have a product key, you can simply click on “I don’t have a product key” located in the bottom corner. You will now be able to get a trial period of 30 days. During this period, you can insert the product key anytime to get your Windows copy activated.

Step 4: Selecting the right Operating System:

After proceeding further, you’ll be asked to select the operating system you want to install on your HP laptop. However, after seeing such a variety of versions, you might get a little confused. But if you know exactly what version of Windows 10 you’re looking for, it’ll get easy. However, in order to make things easy for you, I’ll write a few parameters where you can decide which version will be the best for you.

  1. Check the Hardware specs of your laptop. And the system requirements of different architectures of Windows 10. It’ll help you decide whether your HP laptop can handle a 32-bit or a 64-bit Windows 10 version.
  1. See your usage. If you’re installing it in your personal computer, you can go for Windows 10 Home. If it is for any professional use, you can select Windows 10 Pro, etc.  

Step 5: License Terms:

Proceed towards the licensing terms and read them carefully. When done, you can check the “I accept the license terms” and click ‘Next’ to proceed further.

Step 6: Type of Installation:

This step will highlight the option that you’ll get when installing Windows 10. The setup will now ask for the type of installation you want in your HP laptop. As we are progressing with a completely fresh Windows installation in your laptop, proceed with the “Custom: Install Windows Only (Advanced)” option.

Step 7: Location of Windows Installation:

The setup will now ask where you want to install the windows. In this menu, all the available partitions of your storage drive will be visible in front of you. You can check which partition has the optimum storage and can handle future software installation space as well. When decided, select that partition and proceed by clicking “Next”.

Now this will start the installation process. The process, however, will take some time, depending upon your Laptop specifications such as RAM, Processor, etc. Your laptop will restart several times during the installation as well. 

Last Step: A fully-functional HP laptop with a fresh Windows 10 Operating System:

After all this grind, you will now be able to see the Windows 10 settling up in your HP laptop. However, there are certain final tweaks you need to do before finalizing the installation. These Final touches can be 

  1. Choosing the right region.
  2. Naming your PC on whoever will use it. (Account Name)
  3. Password in order to protect the PC. (Not Compulsory)
  4. Any security questions just in case you forget your password.

When you’ll go through all these questions, you’ll be able to see the default Windows 10 screen on your laptop with bare minimum icons on the left. That is how the screen tells you that you have successfully accomplished your mission.

Although the steps mentioned above are clear cut and easy to understand. But still, if you find it difficult to follow them, I’d recommend you to go through this detailed video that will show every step in a very understandable manner.


Windows 10 rests itself as one of the best-operating systems a PC or a laptop can handle. It’s very handy, effective, user-friendly and whatnot. It’s a complete package for someone who needs the best in their system. So it’s a good move to look forward to settling for it in your HP laptop as well.

However, there are certain cases where people reinstall the windows in order to get rid of their old Operating System’s lag and freeze. But that can’t be the only solution to that problem. So if you’re looking for speeding up your PC, I have just the right article for you where we tell how you how to speed up your PC by getting rid of System Junk Files. You can read that article by clicking here.

I hope that you will find this piece of information easy to understand and follow. And will also hope that you will enjoy your fresh Windows 10 in your HP laptop after following these efficient installation steps. 

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