How To Boot From USB HP Laptop? – 2023 Complete Guide

Whether you have a 1-year-old HP laptop or a 5 years old budget model, there will come a time when your laptop will start lagging. This is a clear indication that the Operating System of your laptop needs to be upgraded. The simplest way of doing that is through a USB.

Instead of taking the laptop to a maintenance store, you can easily do the job with just a USB drive. I am not a tech-savvy person, and it only took me an hour to do the entire job. I have shared all the details in this article that will tell you exactly how to boot from USB HP laptop.

Booting HP Laptop With USB Drive

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Why Boot The HP Laptop

Booting the system of a laptop is the quickest and easiest way of upgrading the operating system of your laptop. Now, whether you have an HP laptop, or a Dell one, booting the system works the same for the laptops of all brands. It allows the users to upgrade their laptops which then gives them a much smoother experience.

What You Need To Boot The HP Laptop

If you wish to boot your HP laptop from USB, then you can simply take it to the local tech store and get it done from there. However, you can also get it done at home yourself. But, for that, you are going to need a few things. The first thing is a USB drive; make sure to get your hands on a USB drive with the maximum amount of storage space.

For booting an HP laptop with a USB drive, the best USB storage space is 32 GB. Another thing that you are going to need is the license to the Window that you want to upgrade to. If you wish to upgrade your HP to Windows 10, get the license for Windows 10.

Preparing USB Drive

If you do not have that, then let me share a few tips for that. You need to plug your USB drive into a laptop or PC that already has the Windows that you want to upgrade your current laptop to. Add the USB drive into that laptop’s USB port, go to Microsoft’s website, and download the Windows Media Creation Tool.

After downloading the tool, open it and accept the license terms that are displayed on the screen. After accepting the terms, you will need to select the option ‘create installation media’ on the screen and click on the ‘Next’ button. From there, select the language and edition settings and click on the ‘Next’ key again.

After that, another window will open and you will need to click on the ‘USB flash drive’ option. Once you have selected the USB drive on your screen, it will start downloading the Windows on your USB drive. After the download is complete, your USB drive is ready to boot your HP laptop.

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How To Boot From USB

After the Windows is downloaded to the drive, it is time for the real job, i.e., boot the HP laptop from the USB drive. Connect the USB to the laptop by inserting it into the USB port.

After inserting the USB, turn on the laptop. Then press the F9 key from your HP laptop keyboard to open the BIOS setup. You can also press the F10 key for opening the BIOS settings.

After that, you need to select the USB drive option from the screen. Use the arrow up and down keys. From there, you will need to adjust a few settings that include ‘language to install’, ‘time format’, and ‘keyboard or input method’. After you have adjusted all of these settings, click on the install now option. A window will appear on the screen, asking for a product key; enter the Activate Windows product key there.

Once that is done, you will need to select the Operating System that you want to install into your HP laptop and click on the ‘Next’ button. After that, accept the license terms that appear on your screen and click on the next key again. When a question pops up on the screen asking you about the type of installation, you will need to select the ‘install windows only’ option.

After that, you will need to select the drive for installing the Operating System and click on the install button. Your system will start installing Windows on your laptop. After the installation is complete, restart your device.

Once it restarts, you will need to adjust a few settings, such as security questions, and account password, etc. Once you are done with those, your home screen will open, and you will be able to see Windows 10 on your HP laptop. That is all, folks; this is how to boot from a USB HP laptop.


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What is the HP boot menu key?

The main key that is used to boot an HP laptop is the F9 key present at the top section of the laptop keyboard. Another key that is used as an HP boot menu key on most models of HP laptops is the Esc key, which is present at the top left corner. Apart from these two, other HP boot menu keys are F1 and F10.

How do I enter BIOS on HP?

If you wish to open the Basic Input/Output Setting or the BIOS setup utility on your HP laptop, then the key that you need for that is the F10. To open the settings, you need to press the F10 key multiple times until the BIOS utility setup opens on your laptop screen.


If you have an old HP laptop and you want to boot its Operating System, you can easily do that with the help of a USB. The whole process is very easy, and you will do it in a short amount of time. I have shared all the information in the article above; I hope you find it helpful.