Over the years the installation process for Windows has become simpler. The methods have mainly remained unchanged but it has been streamlined for better user comfort. Nonetheless, it will always look complicated for first time users.
If you are going to install Windows 10 in your PC for the first time, don’t worry as we have got you covered. Here I have explained the step by step process of installing Windows 10 on your PC, from creating a Windows 10 installation media to installing it and setting it up post installation.
Step By Step Guide On Installing Windows 10
Installing Windows 10 is a simple process. If it is your first time, follow it step by step as I have given here and you shouldn’t face any trouble.
Step 1: Creating A Windows 10 Installation Media
The first thing you need to do is to make a Windows 10 installation media. If you already have this, then skip the first step shown here.
To create a Windows 10 ISO disc, you will need to download the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft’s Official website. Also, keep an empty 8 GB or more USB or an empty DVD handy before following the steps given below.
Visit the website and click on the Download Tool Now option in the Create Windows 10 installation media section to start the download.
After the media creation tool finishes downloading, run it. It will open and take a few seconds to get things ready. Once it’s done readying, the first window will have the applicable notices and license terms. Accept the terms and move on to the next page.
Once you have accepted the terms, it will take another few seconds to move to the next setup window. In the next setup window, it will ask whether you want to update your Windows installed in that PC or create an installation media. Select the Create Installation media option and click on Next.
In the next window, you will have to select the Language of the Installation wizard, the edition of Windows and the architecture (32bit or 64bit). You can manually set these or check the box to use the recommended options for the PC you are running this tool on. Click on Next to move on with the setup.
The next setup screen will ask you to choose which media to use. Here you will have to choose the device you want to create as the installation media.
Choose the USB flash drive option if you want to create the installation device on your empty USB device. If you want to use a DVD instead, select the ISO file option to create the Windows 10 ISO file, which you will need to later burn on your DVD.
Select Next once you have decided on which media to use to reach the next setup screen.
- If you have picked the USB flash drive option and clicked on Next, you will have the Select a USB flash drive setup screen on your screen. Connect the USB you want to use and refresh the drive list.
Select the USB from the list and click on Next. The process will start to create the Windows 10 installation media on your USB. Wait for it to finish. After it finished, close the wizard and eject your USB drive.
- If you have selected the ISO file option and clicked on Next, you will have to select the place on the PC you want to save the ISO file in. Once you have browsed to the location, click on Save.
The process for creating the Windows 10 ISO will start, so wait for it to finish. Once finished, burn the ISO in the empty DVD you have.
Now that you have the Windows 10 installation media ready, time to install it.
Step 2: Installing Windows 10
With the Windows 10 installation media ready in your hands, it’s time to learn how to install it. Follow closely as shown:
Insert the Windows Installation media (or connect in case of USB) after starting the PC. Now restart your PC with the installation media inserted. When your PC will boot after the restart, press the BIOS key of your motherboard.
The key is written on the screen when the PC boots for the first few seconds. You can also search your motherboard’s model online to learn the Bios key.
Keep pressing the Bios key during boot to enter the Bios. Now, navigate to the Boot options in the Bios and select it. Here you will find the name of your bootable media. Boot from this media.
Now your PC will boot into the Windows Installation screen. The first thing it will ask is the language, time and currency format, and keyboard or input method. Enter them as your preference and click on Next.
A big Install Now option will appear on your screen with the Windows logo. Click on it to begin the installation.
The first thing the Setup will ask is to enter the product key. Here you will have to enter the product key of your Windows. If you haven’t purchased Windows 10, click on I don’t have a product key option.
Now, you will have to choose the Windows 10 type you want to install in your PC. There will be variations of Windows 10 Home, Education and Pro present there. The Windows Home versions are more user friendly, so if you are new to Windows 10, you should pick it.
Windows Pro versions are as the name say for users well versed with Windows. Windows Pro version has certain features unlocked like Group Policy Editor.
The Windows Education versions are for schools and other educational institutions like universities and they provide certain managerial and security options helpful for them.
Here (link) is a detailed comparison between these editions that you can check.
After you have selected the Windows 10 version you want to install, click on Next.
Accept the License terms of Microsoft for Windows 10 and click on the Next option.
The next setup page will ask whether you want to custom install or Upgrade it. Select the Custom install option to fresh install Windows. This will open the Partitions setup page.
Step 3: Creating Partitions
In the partitions setup page, you will have to create partitions based on your storage and select the drive where you want to install the Windows 10 at.
To create partitions, select the Unallocated Space option and click on the New option. Enter the size of the partition. Remember that the entered size will be in Mega Bytes.
So, you will have to convert it to GBs and then enter the number. An easy way to do it is simply multiplying 1024 to whatever you want the partition to be in GBs. For example, if you want to create a partition of 200 GB, multiply 1024 to 200 and enter that amount in the Size section. Now create the partition.
Windows may create some partitions on its own for its certain requirements. Don’t pay them much mind.
If you are installing Windows 10 on an old PC, there likely there will already be partitions made. You can format these partitions or delete and remake them if you want to delete everything in your PC before the Windows installation.
Now, select the partition you want to install the Windows 10 at and click on Next. In the next setup screen, Windows will start its installation. It will restart a few times automatically to finish the installation.
Step 4: Setting Up Windows 10 After Installation
After the installation finishes, it is time setup your PC. First, you will have to enter the Region you are in. Next the keyboard layout you want to use.
The setup will also ask you to sign in to your Microsoft account, if you are connected to the internet. If you are not connected to the internet, you can simply choose to create a local account and later connect your Microsoft account.
Follow all the instructions on the screen, like adding a password, and finish the Windows 10 setup.
So, there you have it. Follow the above steps with patience and concentration and you will easily install Windows 10 on your PC. If you have any queries on this topic, ask them in the comment section and we will get back at you.