How to Install Windows 10
How to do a clean install of Windows 10 and how to create installation media stick
If you have recently purchased a new PC, built one by yourself, or you bought an activation code for Windows 10 there is an easy and simple way to perform a clean or fresh Windows 10 install.
The first thing you need to do is to head over to the official Microsoft website, and download the media creation tool. This tool allows you to create the installation files and burn them on a DVD or on an USB flash drive.
Once you finished downloading the Media Creation tool, launch the program. The first screen that will show up will give you 2 options:
- Upgrade this PC
- Create installation media for another PC
If you choose the Upgrade this PC option, depending on the Windows that you currently have installed (if any), you might encounter problems when trying to apply the upgrade.
So, since we are aiming for a fresh and clean install, select the second option: “Create installation media for another PC“.
The next screen in the media creation tool will ask you to choose the version of the Windows you are trying to install. This step is very important, because choosing the incorrect version, will cause the Windows installation to fail and you will have to restart the entire process.
First, choose the language that you want the installation media to use. Second, make sure that you choose the correct type of media for the Windows 10 code you have purchased. When you purchase a code from online stores, it generally tells you if it is a Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro edition. (If you do not know what edition your activation code is, please contact the website you purchased it from).
The third step is really important, so you have to choose carefully. Depending on your PC, Laptop or system, you will have to choose the correct architecture (32-bit or 64-bit).
Most of the PCs today use 64-bit version, but you can create installation media that includes 32-bit and 64-bit, so that the installer will choose the appropriate option for your PC or Laptop.
After creating the installation media, you can proceed with installing your Windows 10 copy. In order to do this, you will have to insert the DVD or the USD flash drive into your PC or Laptop. Then, restart your system and boot from the DVD or USB device. Some systems may require you to change the boot settings in BIOS. If you do not know how to change this setting in BIOS, check this article out: How to change the boot settings in BIOS.
Once you have selected the right boot order in BIOS, the installation process should appear on your screen.
The first thing that the installation window will require is to enter the activation code for your Windows 10. The product code should look like this: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
After you enter your activation code, follow the on-screen instructions until you reach the “Which type of installation do you want?” message. On that step, make sure you choose the “Custom” option in order to perform a fresh and clean install.
The next screen will ask you to partition your hard drive and allocate disk space for your Windows installation. If you only have one partition, Windows will ask you to overwrite it. For multiple partitions, you can install Windows in any of the unallocated space. You can also delete and create partitions from that screen, if you want to organize your hard disk space into multiple partitions.
Then Windows will take some time to install itself. During the installation process, your computer will restart (reboot) a few times. Don’t worry, this is normal.
Once the installation is complete, the first time Windows boots, it will ask you to set it up and will require you to configure some settings. Use the settings that fit your PC the best (security, timezone, language etc).
After the configuration step, you will login to your new Windows 10 installation and Windows 10 should be activated once you connect to the internet.
In order to verify that your Windows 10 copy has been activated, open the Start Menu and go to Settings. Then select Update & Security and click the Activation tab.
If your Windows has been activated, you should see a message saying “Windows is activated”. Congratulations, your computer now has a clean installed and activated Windows 10 copy.
In case you don’t see the “Windows is activated” message, there might be a few reasons:
- Microsoft Servers are busy and it takes longer for the activation process to complete
- You don’t have an internet connection
- There might have been an error. In this case, you will see additional information here.
In case of Busy servers, some people just waited and the activation completed itself in a few hours, while others had to reboot or restart the PC several times in order for their Windows 10 to activate.
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