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How to install Windows 10 on a computer from scratch for dummies
No matter how they try to promote various alternative operating systems for computers such as Linux or MacOS, still none of them has become more popular than Windows. To date, the most modern version of Microsoft’s OS is Windows 10. It has a convenient user interface, excellent functionality and wide capabilities. In my opinion, this version has every chance to jump over the legendary “seven” in popularity.
Despite a very, very friendly interface, even for an unprepared person, users still have questions. One of the most common is how to install Windows 10 on a clean computer from scratch. Here let’s look at it in more detail!
Preparing to install Windows 10
Before you do anything, you need to thoroughly prepare! The first thing you need is an installation disk or bootable USB flash drive with a Windows 10 image! The easiest way to do it is with Microsoft’s proprietary Media Creation Tool.
Despite the fact that quite often morally outdated DVDs are used to install Windows 10 on a computer, it’s much easier and faster to use the installation flash drive. The only condition is that the capacity of the USB drive must be at least 4 Gigabytes.
It is also worth taking care of the drivers for the main components of the PC components. The motherboard, adapter, sound card, WiFi adapter, etc. You can separately download software for each device on the website of its manufacturer, or use the automatic driver installation tool. For example, DriversPack Solution.
After the installation flash drive is ready, we stick it into the USB port. Now you need to make the computer or laptop boot from it. To do this, when turning on, press the “Del” key. On laptops, the F2 button is most often used for this.
In BIOS, go to the advanced settings “Advanced Settings” and find the item “First Boot Device”. Here you need to select “USB-HDD” in the list. This is the flash drive.
Note: On laptops, as a rule, the BIOS has a separate “Boot” section dedicated to booting the device:
Everything is the same here. We find the first boot device “1st Boot Priority” and set the installation media there, from which Windows will be installed on the PC.
Installing an operating system on a computer
The preparation is completed, now we proceed directly to the installation. If you did everything correctly, then after the next reboot, the language selection appears:
We put the Russian language everywhere and click on “Next”.
In the next window, just click on the “Install” button:
You will now be required to enter a product key. Without it, further actions will not be available.
If you do not have a license key, then you can always use the free installation keys for dozens, which can be found here. Link. They allow you to easily install Windows 10 on a computer or laptop, but then you still have to look for a license somewhere or use alternative options.
The next step is a license agreement that no one ever reads:
We accept the conditions and move on.
When choosing the type of installation, click on the option “Custom: only install Windows (for advanced users)”:
The next stage is very responsible. If you are trying to install Windows 10 on a completely new HDD or SSD, then you must first mark it up.
Press the “Create” button and below we get this menu:
Here you must specify the size of the created system disk. After you click the “Apply” button, this window will pop up:
We agree by clicking on “Yes” and see this picture:
The installer created a 500 megabyte system partition, reserved by the system and the main installation for the operating system.
Note: If you have a large hard drive, then it is better to make several partitions than one, but huge.
If the HDD or SSD is already marked up, then the partition selected for the Windows 10 installation just needs to be formatted by clicking on the appropriate button.
Next, an installer script will take effect that will copy files and install components:
During this, at least one computer reboot will occur.
All that remains is to wait until the installer passes through all the steps of the procedure.
On average, installing Windows 10 on a computer or laptop takes from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the characteristics of the device.
When the “Increase speed” window appears, it is best to select the option “Use standard parameters”.
Again, we wait until the installer performs a series of operations.
Further away you will need to create a user account:
We click on the line “This computer belongs to me” and on the “Next” button. Then you need to skip the step with entering your Microsoft account information.
Now enter the login, and below the password to enter and confirm it.
Click on the “Next” button and wait again.
Installing Windows 10 on a PC will take somewhere else 10-15 minutes on average. You just have to patiently wait until the process is completed:
As soon as the desktop appears, this means that the installation process is complete. You did it!
If anyone else has any questions, watch the instruction:
What to do after installing Windows 10
In principle, the operating system is already installed and ready to go. Nevertheless, it is necessary to make a number of finishing touches.
Open device manager:
Please note. Are there lines with an exclamation mark? These are unidentified components or devices for which Windows 10 does not have a standard driver. If everything is clean, then, in principle, the system can be used. Although I would still advise that as soon as the installation of Windows 10 is completed, be sure to run the DriverPack Solution utility and automatically update all drivers to the latest versions.
The fact is that standard universal drivers are used to turn on the computer, start up and work more or less normally. They are not always suitable for custom tasks and therefore such an update is absolutely necessary.
Secondly, be sure to go to the “Tens” options and open the “Update and Security” section, where you can start the process of searching and installing system updates.
After all these steps, we can assume that you were able to install Windows 10 on your laptop or computer and now it can be used without problems! And yes. Do not forget to activate it!
Probably, every user of a computer or laptop was faced with a situation where he understands that it is time to reinstall the operating system. This is due to the appearance of difficulties in the work, frequent mistakes and other unpleasant moments. But what if you do not have a USB drive, a plastic disk for recording an image, or a drive refuses to work? Do not worry. Today I will tell you how to install Windows from a hard drive. Many do not even suspect that such tools exist at all.
The content of the article
General information (to contents)
It must be said right away that this option is suitable only for operating systems that are in working condition, since many movements will need to be done using the shell. That is, if you suddenly got a blue screen. This method will not help.
For the procedure itself, we need several tools:
A program for working with images. Usually this DAEMON Tools. Personally, I generally use the built-in features of Win.
The image of the OS itself.
Step-by-step instruction (to contents)
So, to install Windows 8 from the HDD, you need to perform a series of actions. First, create a separate section for the installation files:
Click on the “My computer»Right click.
In the context menu, select “Control“.
And then we go to “Disk Management“. Here we will see all the data about the hard drive.
Select the section “D: \“. We call the context menu where we are interested in “Squeeze tom“.
Specify the size of future space in megabytes. It may be a little larger than the image.
After we select “Squeeze“.
Then you will see unallocated space. We click on it with RMB and indicate “Create a simple volume“.
A wizard will appear where we are interested in “Further“, And at the end.”Done“.
Now, to install Windows 10 or earlier, you need to properly prepare the files themselves:
We launch DAEMON Tools.
Button “Add Image“.
A window will appear where we need an OS image on a laptop or computer.
In the directory, specify the drive, and then “To mount“.
Open “My computer»And go to the virtual disk where the image is already inserted.
Select all the content and copy it to the section that you created earlier (If you did not rename it, the name is “New volume“). And do not make additional directories, since the process may not go from the folder.
Now it is necessary to do so, the computer understood where to boot from. For this, the application is just needed EasyBCD. The sequence of actions is as follows:
Choose “Add a note“.
In field “Name“Indicate the same thing that is written on the new section. In our case. “New volume“.
Push “Way“. We go to the created disk, in the folder “Sources“, And then mark the file”boot.Wim“.
Remains only “Add“.
Suddenly, in some situation you don’t understand something, you can just watch the:
If you select “Current settings“, You will see the record appeared or not. In your case, it should already be in place.
After the work done, close the application and restart the computer. As a result, a menu should appear in which users can select the desired system. Then specify the installation disk “New volume“. As a result, the standard OS installation procedure should start.
Bootice (to contents)
The last chain of actions can be performed through Bootice. The program allows you not to create an additional disk, but installs everything from the existing one.
First you need the file “bootmgr”, Located in an unpacked image, rename it to something unique. Say let it be “W81“.
We launch the application. Choose “Process mbr“.
Specify the type of record “GRUB4DOS“And click”install / config“.
At the bottom of the window you need to write the name of our bootloader. “W81“.
Push “Save to disk“. We restart the computer and perform all the necessary steps to install the OS.
Installation (to contents)
This method does not require setting boot parameters via BIOS, as is the case with a plastic disk or USB drive. This approach is useful if suddenly the buttons on the keyboard do not work for you, allowing you to get to the right place.
As a result, the wizard for installing a new OS will start. How, and what to display in it, you can learn from the article How to install Windows 8.1.
In general, regardless of the version of the future OS, the process is almost the same.
Recommendations (to contents)
It is also worth noting that a similar procedure is possible from an external hard drive. True, for this, you still need to run Win to set all the parameters. However, again, such procedures are not recommended, since by mistake you can simply delete the data.
In the case of using a plug-in device, you can set the boot configuration from it in the BIOS, and simply place a new shell on your laptop or computer. True, for this it is necessary to correctly write the OS to an external component. Details can be found here.
In any case, regardless of the method chosen, everyone can post a new one if there is already a Windows on the computer.
Well, I hope the article helps you deal with problems on your device.
In general, I would like to recommend finding a compact portable USB device in advance (today they cost minimal money) and recording the correct system. Personally, I have three of them. For each latest version of the OS from Microsoft. Thus, I can insert a USB flash drive into the port at any second, and within two hours completely restore the computer’s performance, while having a brand new shell.
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