How to install Windows 10 on PC [Full Guide]

How to install Windows 10 from USB/DVD

Once you have created ultimate Windows 10 bootable USB using the Rufus of any other tool (as mentioned above), you are ready to install Windows 10 using this USB flash drive.

If you have not downloaded Windows 10 yet, you can get the latest version of Windows 10 from following sources:

If you only want to upgrade instead of clean install, then download Windows 10 Update Assistant Tool here.

Make sure you have Win 10 installation USB disc with you. Plug this flash drive into USB port of computer, then start (or restart) computer and follow these steps:

  • Press boot menu key (usually F9 for most computers) and select USB drive from the list.
  • Press any key on your keyboard when prompted.
  • Windows installation files will take a while to load and Windows 10 installer setup will start.

Prepare your computer for Win 10 Installation

Now you are in installation setup. Follow further steps to start and finish installation process.

  • Choose language, time and currency format, keyboard or input method for your computer.
  • Press Next button
  • Press Install Now button to start installation at this stage.
  • Wait a few seconds while setup begins.
  • Windows license terms dialog box will appear. Check the box with label I accept the license terms and press Next button.
  • Choose the type of installation; upgrade to upgrade existing Windows or Custom (advanced) for a fresh clean installation.
  • On next screen, select the drive you want to install Windows 10. Usually, it is the same drive you already have installed operating system.
  • Select drive and format or press Next button to auto format. A confirmation box will appear before formatting, select OK to format and continue.

Windows 10 Setup (files copying and installation)

Now setup will start copying Windows files, expanding files, features installation and install updates included in ISO file. This process will take a while (about 10-30 minutes) to finish and then your computer will restart automatically.

Next, Windows will start for the first time after installation. Just wait again while Windows 10 setup updates registry files and start services.

Setup will finalize the installation process and restarts your computer again.

The actual setup of Windows 10 installation is complete here. But you still have to configure things before you can actually start using Windows.

Windows 10 Basic Configuration (after setup)

This time, after restart, setup will prepare your computer for first use, check video performance and a few other things.

Next a dialog box will appear where you can enter user name and computer name.

Next screen will ask you enter a password for login to Windows 10. This is optional. You can skip password by leaving boxes blank and press Next button.

Next dialog box will ask you to enter Windows 10 Product Key. Well, this is also kind of optional step. You can enter key if you have or skip this step and press next to continue to install Windows 10 without product key.

Now on next screen, choose an update option out of following 3 options:

  1. Use recommended settings (to install all updates)
  2. Install important updates only (to install only security and critical updates)
  3. Ask me later (do not enable automatic updates)

Next, set your time and date settings. Choose Time zone and setup will try to automatically set time and date according to your country standard time. If it does not, you can set time and date manually.

In next screen, choose a network type. Home Network is usually appropriate for most users. Press next and Windows will try to connect to your chosen network.

Almost done, Windows will prepare your desktop. This is also an automated step. Just wait a few seconds and your fresh Windows 10 desktop will appear in front of you.

All done. Just feel the delight and start using Windows 10 edition.

How to install Windows 10 on Virtual Machines?

For some reason, if you want to install Win 10 on virtual machines like VirtualBox or VMware etc. Here is a brief guide for these type of applications.

How to install Windows 10 on VirtualBox?

First of all, download VirtualBox for Win 10 (if you do not have it already).

  1. Download Windows 10 ISO image from download section (above on top of this page)
  2. Launch VirtualBox and start creating new virtual machine.
  3. Now select Windows 10 ISO image and accept default settings.
  4. Start virtual machine you just created and continue with Windows 10 setup installer.

Installation on VirtualBox is almost same to normal installation on real computer.

How to install Windows 10 on VMware

First of all, download VMware (if you do not have it already).

  1. Download Windows 10 ISO image from download section (above on top of this page)
  2. Launch VMware and start creating new virtual machine.
  3. Now select Windows 10 ISO image and accept default settings.
  4. Start virtual machine you just created and continue with Windows 10 setup installer.

Installation on VirtualBox is almost same to normal installation on real computer.

 

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