If you are doing a clean re-install of Windows 10 or installing Windows 10 fresh on a new computer, this movie will show you how to go through that process. Learn how to acquire the installation media for Windows 10 and how to complete the installation or upgrade process.
- [Narrator] In this movie I want to talk about getting Windows 10 installed on your computer. If you've purchased a brand new computer, it may already have Windows 10 installed, and then you don't need to worry about this. If you want to upgrade a computer from Windows 7, or Windows 8, you'll need to buy a copy of Windows 10, and run the upgrade. Also, if you're building a new computer from parts, setting up a boot camp install on a Mac computer, or if you're using a virtual machine application like Parallels or VMWare Fusion, those are other reasons you may need to buy and install Windows 10.
For what it's worth, it was free to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8 within the first year, but after July 30, 2016 that free upgrade is no longer available. So if you're on Windows 8 or Windows 7, you'll need to buy a copy of Windows 10 in order to install it. So let's see the process. I'm doing this on a Windows 8 computer, and I'm starting at microsoftstore.com, which is where you can go to buy products from Microsoft directly. So I want to go to this category for software, then to Windows, and this will take us to some information about buying a copy of Windows.
Of course this page will probably change over time, so you might have to hunt around for these buttons. What I'm looking for are these options for the different versions of Windows 10, Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Gaming. There's also a button here that will show you information that you can use to compare the different versions. Now, Windows 10 Pro supports a few more professional features, which you might use in a business or enterprise situation. But I want to stick with Windows 10 Home, which is what most individual users will be using.
Just keep in mind you can choose which version you want, and the prices will be different. So if I click on Windows 10 Home I can see the price listed here, and I can go to through the process of making the purchase. You'll see I have two different options available. I can buy the downloadable version of Windows 10 Home, or I can buy the USB memory stick. The USB option is really great if you want a physical drive that you can connect to a computer to install Windows. But it is going to take some time, because they have to ship this to you, or you might be able to go to a physical store and buy it there.
But if you want the install media immediately, then what you can do is buy the downloadable version, and then you can either use that to create an install drive from a USB memory stick, or you can download an ISO file, which is what you'll need for something like VMWare or Parallels. So, just so we can see the process, let's go through and buy the downloadable version. So I have the download option selected. I can change my quantity, but I only want one copy, so I'll leave it alone, and then I'll hit buy and download now.
That will take us to the purchase screen, and we'll go through the normal process of making an online purchase. When you make this purchase, of course you will need a Microsoft Online Account, and you'll be prompted to set up that account if you do not already have one. And of course, you'll need a credit card to pay for the order. Now I've already purchased my copy of Windows 10, so I'm not going to go through this process. But you can follow through the prompts and make the purchase, just like any other online shopping site. Once you've gone through and completed the purchase, you should see a button that will take you to the page to download the copy of Windows that you just purchased.
Or, if you just want to go back at another time and download Windows, you can go to your purchase history. So that's what I'm going to do. I'm just going to hit the back button, just because I don't want to actually go through the purchase process, and then I'll hit this store button near the top, just to reset back on the main store page. So if you've bought a copy of Windows in the past, you can always come back to microsoftstore.com and redownload it. The way to do that would be to go to this button near the top right.
It may say sign in if you're not currently signed in, but since I am signed in, it has my name listed there. I can click on that, and what I'm looking for is order history. And it's going to need me to put my password in again. So I'm just going to hit sign in and put in that password. This of course is the password for your Microsoft Online Account. So here I can see a list of all of the Microsoft products I've purchased in the past. But what I want to do is go over to digital content, which is where I can download software that I've purchased.
So I can see that Windows 10 Home is listed here, and of course I could hit this download button to download it. We should also notice that the product key is listed here, and you will need that when you install Windows, so make sure you make a note of that. So, I'm going to hit download, and of course I'm downloading Windows 10, so I'll click on that, and what we get from this page is actually a little bit different whether you access it on a Windows computer or a Mac. If you're accessing this on a Windows computer, as I am, it's going to give you download links for the media creation tool, which is a little application that will download the install file, and then help you either download the ISO or create a USB install drive.
But if you access this page on a Macintosh computer, you'll only have the option to download the ISO file. You will not have access to the media creation tool. But since I am working on Windows, I do want the media creation tool, which will let me create that USB install drive. So, let's go ahead and download that. So I'll click download tool now, and I'll wait for that to download. I'll hit save, and I'll give that just a moment. This should download very quickly. Once that finishes downloading, I can hit open folder, and here's the media creation tool.
It's in my downloads folder. So let's see what the media creation tool does. I'll double click on that. I'll say yes here. I'll accept the license terms, and now we get to important options. If you are on Windows 7 or Windows 8, and your goal is to upgrade to Windows 10, you want to choose this option, hit next, and go through the process. It'll take some time to actually download the installation, and then it'll go through the actual installation process. But if you need a USB drive that you can use to install Windows 10 on a different computer, you'll need to choose this option, create installation media for another PC.
Just keep in mind that you do need to have a blank USB drive, and if your USB drive has any files on it, those files will be erased. So make sure you start with a blank USB drive, and it has at least four gigabytes of storage space available. You'll need to connect that USB drive to your computer. I'll go ahead and do that now. Then I'll hit next, and if you are planning to use this memory stick to install Windows on the same computer you're currently working on, you can leave this option selected.
But if you want to use this memory stick on a different computer, it's a good idea to just turn this box off. Choose your language, your edition. Choose whether you're going to install this on a 32 bit or a 64 bit system, hit next, and I want to set up a new install on a USB drive. So I'm going to select that option. If you just wanted the ISO file to set up Parallels or VMWare, you could choose that option. But we're going to stick with the USB flash drive. We'll hit next. I can see that it has detected the USB drive that I connected to my computer.
I could hit next, and it would go through that process. Now, again, it will take some time to actually download the files that it needs, and then put those onto the USB drive. But I'm not going to do that. I've already gone through this process, and taken that time, so I have the install drive already set up on a different USB memory stick. So for now, I'm just going to cancel this by closing this application, and let me minimize Internet Explorer so that's kind of out of the way. I'm going to disconnect the USB memory stick that I had a moment ago, and now I'm going to connect the USB memory stick that I created using the media creation tool.
This way we can see what it looks like once that drive is created. Now I'm here in File Explorer. I can see that drive is listed here. I can just select that. I could double click on set up, and I could go through the installation process from here. You'll just need to follow the prompts, and go through the installation. At some point you will be asked if you want to keep the files and applications on this computer, or if you want to completely erase everything and do a clean install. Now the other option of course would be to take this install USB drive to the computer where you want to install Windows, then set that computer to boot from that USB drive, and follow through the prompts to install from there.
During this process, you will need to type in that product key that we saw a moment ago, so make sure you keep that handy. So, let's stop here. Once you start the installation or the upgrade process, you'll need to follow the prompts, and it'll just take some time. We'll be picking up in a separate movie and talking about how to set up a new computer for the first time. So be sure to go on to that movie after you've finished the install process to continue with the set up of your fresh Windows installation.
- Running Windows 10 for the first time
- Launching applications
- Interacting with windows, menus, and ribbons
- Multitasking to switch between multiple applications
- Switching to Tablet mode
- Browsing and managing files and folders with the File Explorer
- Browsing the web with Edge
- Working with email, contacts, and calendars
- Using and installing apps
- Managing display and account settings
- Searching with Cortana
- Sharing with home networks
- Backing up Windows 10
- Troubleshooting Windows 10
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q. This course was updated 04/28. What topics were part of the update?
A. The following topics were part of the update: bookmarking in Edge, using extensions in Edge, working with the Mail app, editing photos, managing musics, movies, and TV shows, and connecting to another computer over a home network.