A clean installation from a DVD or USB drive is one way to install Windows 10. Work through the wizard to choose the language to install, select an installation partition, copy files, personalize the background and settings, and then sign in.
- [Narrator] So you have your Windows 10 installation DVD, or USB Drive, and are ready to perform a clean installation. Great, let's get started. This part is generally stress free. You simply boot to the installation media, and follow the steps. Most computers, like this one, are configured to look for installation media on external drives before booting to the internal hard disk. If you believe your computer is configured this way, and want to try it out, insert the DVD or USB drive and restart your PC.
Watch for the prompts that say to press any key to boot to a CD or DVD and do so. The installation process should start automatically. If the computer doesn't offer the option to boot to the installation media, you should enter the computer BIOS and configure it so it will. This means you'll have to restart and watch for the prompt that tells you to press a specific key to enter additional settings. Often that's F2, F12, or something similar. Once inside the BIOS, navigate to the boot options, and use the keyboard to make changes.
You'll encounter a few prompts during setup. All you need to do is follow along, and answer the questions as needed. On the first screen, you'll choose your language to install, your time and currency format, and your keyboard, or input method. These are all fine so I'll click next, and I'm ready to install so I'll click install now. Now I'm going to type in a product key. Now I'll click next. Go ahead and read the notices and license terms.
When you're ready, place a check mark here, I accept the license terms, and click next. Because this is a clean installation, we're going to need to click custom, upgrade won't work. When you get to the where to install Windows page, most of the time you'll choose the default drive. However, you can choose a different partition if multiple partitions are available. There are tools here to create new partitions as well. For the most part though, you'll just click the drive offered and click next.
Read the Windows set up information here, and click okay. Now you'll have to wait while Windows installs. The computer will reboot and after a while, you'll see a new prompt regarding settings. Go ahead and read, and then accept the express settings. You can always go back later and make changes if you feel it's necessary. I'll click use express settings. When you get to the prompt that says who owns this PC, go ahead and make a choice. I'll click I own it and Microsoft will set it up as mine.
I'll click next. This prompt asks you to sign in. You'll have several choices, but Microsoft suggests, and I do too, that you sign in with a Microsoft account. If you have one, type it in, and if not, do what's necessary here to get one. You can also create a local account if that's a better choice for you, or your organization. You can set up a PIN now, or you can skip this step. I'll click skip this step. Now you're prompted about whether to use Cortana or not.
Cortana is a virtual assistant that responds to your voice. I'll go ahead and click use Cortana. Wait while the installation process continues. Once Windows 10 is installed, take a look around. It's now ready to use.
- Choosing an upgrade or new installation
- Choosing a Windows 10 edition
- Creating installation media
- Installing Windows 10
- Upgrading Windows 10
- Configuring and managing device drivers
- Configuring the desktop
- Configuring notifications
- Configuring Cortana and Hyper-V
- Provisioning with Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer
- Using Active Directory-based activation