This tutorial from Simmyideas will teach you how to install Windows 10 on your PC. To do this, hold down a key while Windows starts, which opens a menu that allows you to start the computer from a USB drive or a CD / DVD with the Windows 10 installer on it. You cannot perform a clean Windows 10 installation until you have performed an upgrade installation and activated the operating system.
The following instructions show that you are performing a clean installation, no programs or data are being saved. If you want to perform an update installation (from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 only), start the update while you are already running Windows, following the instructions below regarding the Windows 10 installation tool. All programs that are not supported by Windows 10 can be omitted, otherwise the programs are present and all your files remain present. Check if your device meets the minimum system requirements.
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For the latest version of Windows 10 you need the following:
CPU: 1 GHz or faster supported processor (here is a list of supported CPUs)
RAM: 1 GB for Windows 10 32-bit or 2 GB for Windows 10 64-bit
storage area: 32 GB of space or more
GPU: DirectX 9 compatible or higher with WDDM 1.0 driver
Screen: 800 × 600 resolution or higher
Internet connection: Some versions of Windows 10 require an internet connection during installation.
Step 1: Upgrade to Windows 10
You cannot perform a clean installation of Windows 10 until you have completed an upgrade installation and activated the operating system. Confirm that Windows 10 has been activated by going to Start> Settings> Update & security> Activation. Look to the right of the window and you should see Activation: Windows is activated. If you do not see this, do not continue and wait until Windows 10 is activated.
Step 2: Upgrade to Windows 10
You also need to know which version of Windows 10 you are using so that you can download the same version. You will see the edition of Windows 10 in the window that is opened in Step 1 – Windows 10 Pro, in our example.
Then search for ‘System’ and choose the first option to see if you are using the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows.
Step 3: Download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool
The Windows 10 download is approximately 2.5 GB and must be copied to a blank DVD or USB flash drive prior to installation, so make sure you have something handy here.
Go to www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10 and click Download Now. This will only download a small installation program that will download the required Windows 10 installation files later.
Step 4: Run the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool
When the download is complete, connect your USB flash drive or insert a blank DVD into the DVD drive of your PC. Locate the downloaded MediaCreationTool.exe file in your Download folder and double-click it to execute it.
When the Windows 10 Setup window appears, select the Create installation media option for another PC and click the Next button.
Step 5: Choose your Windows 10 version
In the next screen, choose the language, edition, and architecture (32-bit or 64-bit) that match your current version of Windows 10. Select none of the N-editions – these are missing Windows Media Player. Click on ‘next’ to continue.
Step 6: Choose a storage device and start the download
Select the device that you will use for the installation of Windows 10 – USB stick or an ISO file for burning to DVD. Click next.
Select the USB stick or a folder on your PC to save the Windows 10 installation files. Click Next and the 4 GB download will begin.
If you have created a DVD ISO file, you must now burn the file to a DVD before you can use it to start your PC. Otherwise you can start using the USB stick
Step 7: Start with the installation of Windows 10
After you start your PC with the Windows 10 DVD or USB stick, choose the Install Now option and then skip the product key request to activate Windows. As long as you have already upgraded this PC to Windows 10, you do not need a product key.
Step 8: Perform a custom installation
Choose the option Custom: Only install Windows (advanced) when prompted. This will erase everything on your existing Windows 10 drive (usually C :), so make sure you have backed up everything that you want to keep before continuing.
Step 9: Choose where to install
Select the hard disk partition on which you want to install Windows 10. This should already be Windows 7, 8 or 10, but it should also be the largest partition in the list. If you are not sure which partition to use, seek help before continuing.
If you want to continue, click the Format option and click OK in the warning window that appears. When the disc format is complete, click Next.
Step 10: Complete the installation
The installation of Windows 10 will now start. When it is almost complete, you will be prompted for a product key again, so click the Do this later option at the bottom of the screen and complete the rest of the installation.
Step 11: Confirm that Windows 10 is activated
After Windows 10 is installed, repeat step 1 to make sure it is activated – you may need to click the Activate button. You may also need to install the necessary drivers for your PC’s network or Wi-Fi adapter first, because activation requires internet access.
If the activation is not complete, you must contact Microsoft, explain what happened and ask for an activation code. This is inconvenient, but should be simple as long as your previous Windows 10 installation was activated.