Created: December 12, 2022

Can I install windows on a flash drive

If so what size is needed
Last Edit: January 6, 2023
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Daniel Moore
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Daniel Moore
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You can download the Windows installation tool to a flash drive, if that's what you mean
Also, you can run Windows 10 or 11 directly from a USB drive.

You'll need a USB flash drive with at least 16GB of free space, but preferably 32GB.
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Ok cause I have 2 64gb USB drives
Daniel Moore
Daniel Moore Tech Expert & Writer
Ok, that will do
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Do they gotta be formatted or can I just install the windows on it I really don't want to format them
Daniel Moore
Daniel Moore Tech Expert & Writer
To make a bootable Windows USB drive you will need to:
1. Format a 16GB USB flash device
2. Download the Windows 10 media creation tool from Microsoft
3. Run the media creation wizard to download the Windows 10 installation files
4. Create the installation media
5. Eject the USB flash device
Yes, they need to be formatted
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Ok
Daniel Moore
Daniel Moore Tech Expert & Writer
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No that's all
Daniel Moore
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Ok thanks again
Daniel Moore
Daniel Moore Tech Expert & Writer
Sure, you are welcome!

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