Every Windows 10 user should know how to install the operating system since a computer cannot work without it. In most cases, the operating system is already installed on the device, so you don’t have to bother about installing it yourself. It’s possible, though, that you’ll have to install Windows 10 on your own at some point.
I will provide you with all the steps you need to know to get Windows 10 installed on your computer. Whether you’re putting it on a computer for the first time, upgrading an earlier version of Windows, or just want to perform a clean installation on a computer that already has Windows 10 on it.
How to install Windows 10: Full installation
Before we get into the installation walkthrough, it’s worth noting that installing Windows 10 can be a lengthy process. Make sure you have enough time to wait it out.
1. Check your device meets the Windows 10 system requirements.
Below you’ll find the minimum specs needed to run Windows 10, so check your device is capable:
CPU: 1GHz or faster processor
RAM: 1GB for Windows 10 32-bit or 2GB for Windows 10 64-bit
Storage: 32GB of space or more
GPU: DirectX 9 compatible or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
Display: 800×600 resolution or higher
2. Create USB installation media.
Visit Microsoft’sWindows 10 download page and select “Download tool now” under the “create Windows 10 installation media” section. Transfer the downloaded installer tool to a USB drive.
3. Run the installer tool.
Open the installer tool by clicking on it. Accept Microsoft’s terms, and then select “Create installation media for another PC” on the “What do you want to do?” page. After selecting which language you want Windows 10 to run in, and which edition you want as well (32-bit or 62-bit), you’ll be asked what type of media you want to use.
Installing from a USB drive is definitely the preferred option but you can also install from a CD or ISO file. Once you choose your device, the installer tool will download the required files and put them onto your drive.
4. Use your installation media.
Insert your installation media into your device and then access the computer’s BIOS or UEFI. These are the systems that allow you to control your computer’s core hardware.
The process of accessing these systems is unique to each device, but the manufacturer’s website should be able to give you a helping hand here. Generally, you’ll need to press the F2, F12 or Delete keys as your computer boots up.
5. Change your computer’s boot order.
Once you have access to your computer’s BIOS/UEFI you’ll need to locate the settings for boot order. You need the Windows 10 installation tool to be higher up on the list than the device’s current boot drive: this is the SSD or HDD that your existing OS is stored on. You should move the drive with the installer files to the very top of the boot order menu. Now, when you restart your device the Windows 10 installer should load up first.
6. Restart your device.
Save your settings in the BIOS/UEFI and reboot your device.
7. Complete the installation.
Your device should now load up the Windows 10 installation tool on restart. This will guide you through the rest of the installation process