How to Set Windows PC to Boot from USB Flash Drive

This tutorial will guide how to boot a Windows PC from USB flash drive.

Note: If you do not create a bootable USB disk, download and install Windows Password Recovery Tool to create a bootable disk first.

Step 1. Insert the bootable USB flash drive in your computer that you need to boot from.

Step 2. Restart your computer and press “F12” or “ESC” to enter Boot Menu interface. The key to enter Boot Menu depends on the motherboard. Here I gather the common keys to enter Boot Menu for popular motherboards.

Laptops

Lenovo

F12

Acer

F12

ASUS

ESC

HP

F9

ThinkPad

F12

Dell

F12

Hasee

F12

Toshiba

F12

Samsung

F12

IBM

F12

Fujitsu

F12

Haier

F12

Sony

ESC

GIGABYTE

F12

Gateway

F12

Emachines

F12



Desktop 

Lenovo

F12

Acer

F12

ASUS

F8

HP

F12

Dell

ESC

Hasee

F12

Haier

F12



Others 

For other manufacturers, common keys to enter Boot Menu are F12 or ESC.

Step 3. When you successfully enter the Boot Menu, you should see a menu pop up with a list of boot choices on it, including the USB drive that you have inserted. If your PC uses UEFI BIOS, please select “UEFI: [USB Name]” as the boot option. Using arrow keys to highlight your USB drive and press Enter to select boot device.

boot from usb
 boot from usb in uefi bios

Step 4. Your Windows will load into the main interface of Windows Password Recovery Tool.

main interface of windows password recovery

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