It may happen that you cannot boot your Windows 11 from a bootable USB drive. Well, there is nothing to be panic about. Occasionally, this may be because you have not properly set up the boot setting. The method discussed in this article help you to fix the Windows 11 cannot boot from USB error:
This method consists of several steps as elaborated here:
If the bootable USB drive is not made properly or if it is damaged, then you cannot install Windows. Therefore, the first step is to check if the USB drive is bootable or not. On your Windows 11 computer, this can be checked with the Command prompt or the in-built Disk Management tool.
(On this tab, you can see the partition style of your bootable USB drive. Moreover, the removable media with bootable ISO would show status like “no volume” or very small little volume (like a few MB)).
An alternative option is to format your USB drive and again create a Windows Installation Media. However, this procedure is time-consuming. If you are confident that you have created the bootable USB drive correctly then you can verify its status in Disk Management.
Certain computers are too old that they cannot support booting from a USB drive. To check whether this option is available or not, you can enter BIOS.
Enter BIOS, open ‘Boot Options’, and check ‘Boot Priority’.
-If the USB boot option is there in Boot Priority, then it means that your computer can support booting from USB.
-If the USB is not visible then it implies that the motherboard of your computer does not support this type of booting.
One of the reasons why booting from a USB drive failed is that you did not modify the boot order. By default, the computer boots from the internal disk, so you must place the bootable USB drive forward.
To allow booting from non-EFI devices, you have to modify the boot setting. Here are the steps:
After you enable the CSM module and enable it to boot EFI + Legacy boot devices, there must be no hassles while booting your USB device.
In addition to setting up a bootable USB drive, you can implement a new idea i.e., creating a portable Windows USB drive. This type of drive clones the system drive of a computer.
The motive is that you can carry it wherever you go and use your OS on any device you like. If you are working from home, then you can make a portable USB drive.
Now whenever you connect the portable USB drive into a home computer and begin booting from it, everything which is installed and saved on a system drive of your computer can be used.
Note: Make sure the boot mode (Legacy or UEFI) of your target computer and the portable USB are the same, else you cannot boot.