How to install Windows 10

WhoX

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If you want to update your computer to Windows 10, you can use the tool on this page to create your own installation media using either a USB flash drive or a DVD.

Before you begin, here are some things you’ll need:
  • PC with a reliable Internet connection. The download is about 4 GB and the time it takes to download will vary based on your PC, your connection speed, and other factors.
  • USB flash drive. Use a USB flash drive with at least 4 GB of space. We recommend using a drive with nothing on it because any content will be deleted.
-or-
  • DVD. This requires a DVD burner on or connected to the PC you’re using to create the media, and a DVD player on the PC where you want to install Windows 10. Use a DVD with at least 4 GB of space. We recommend using a blank DVD, because any content on it will be deleted.
Here are some things to check on the PC where you want to install Windows 10:
  • 64-bit or 32-bit processor (CPU). You’ll need to download either the 64-bit or 32-bit version of Windows 10 that’s appropriate for your CPU. To check this on your current PC, go to PC info in PC settings or System in Control Panel, and look for System type.
  • System requirements. See the system requirements before installing Windows 10. We also recommend that you visit your PC manufacturer's website for info about updated drivers and hardware compatibility.
  • Language in Windows. You'll need to choose the same language when you install Windows 10. To see what language you're currently using, go to Time and language in PC settings or Region in Control Panel.
  • Edition of Windows. You should also choose the same edition of Windows. This might be Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro. To check what edition you're currently running, go to PC info in PC settings or System in Control Panel, and look for Windows edition.
When you’re ready, connect your USB flash drive or insert the DVD, tap or click Create media, and then follow the instructions.

the above is an edited excerpt from Microsoft's instructions on installing Windows



Download the official upgrade tool from Microsoft here:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

After you've downloaded the tool, plug in an empty USB flash drive (4 GB or larger), or place a blank DVD in your DVD recorder. Double click on The Media Creation tool and you will see the following window.



Click "create installation media for another PC" and then "next".



In this window choose your preferred language, what version of Windows 10 that matches your current operating system (for example: if you have Windows 7 Home then you would choose Windows 10 Home) and then pick your preferred architecture, 32 or 64 bit. Choose 64 bit if you have 4GB of RAM or more, or if you are planning on upgrading your computer to more RAM at a later date. When you are finished click "next".



Now choose which media to use. USB flash drive or an ISO file you can later burn to a blank DVD.



If you chose USB flash drive this is the window you will see. Your drive will be listed similar to the example in the image above. Click "next".



If you chose "ISO file", then a window will pop up allowing you to choose the location to store the ISO file. After you have chosen the location click "save".



After the Windows 10 update installer is downloaded to the flash drive you will have three options to update. One is to install Windows 10 directly by clicking on the "setup.exe" located on the flash drive. Another way is to copy the files from the flash drive to a hard drive and click on the "setup.exe" from there. The last option is to boot from the USB flash drive and install Windows 10 (Not recommended for updating your system from a previous version of Windows. Use this for a clean install). If you have burned an ISO to a blank DVD, you can either update to Windows 10 directly from the DVD, or you can boot your system from the DVD and initiate an install from there (Not recommended for updating your system from a previous version of Windows. Use this for a clean install).
 
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Jiniix

Well-Known Member
Well put guide. What I really like is that under 'Architecture', you can choose both. So when you boot on it, the first thing you do is choose 32 or 64 bit. This makes it 6GB+ though :)
 

Geoff

VIP Member
You could just download the direct iso from Here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO


and than make a bootable drive using a program, (easy to find) and boot from the stick, and install, and skip some steps listed ^^^^^^^
To be fair, this guide was written a while ago. I don't believe you could download it directly back then. Also, you can't download the ISO directly from that site from the looks of it, you download an upgrade program that checks your system and then lets you install it.
 

Grantapus

Member
To be fair, this guide was written a while ago. I don't believe you could download it directly back then. Also, you can't download the ISO directly from that site from the looks of it, you download an upgrade program that checks your system and then lets you install it.
Oh, well i am on linux and it said "oops,looks like your os is not supported, you can download the direct ISO from here.
so i did, the download never finished cuz my internet is sooo bad, but it worked.
 
If you want to update your computer to Windows 10, you can use the tool on this page to create your own installation media using either a USB flash drive or a DVD.

Before you begin, here are some things you’ll need:
  • PC with a reliable Internet connection. The download is about 4 GB and the time it takes to download will vary based on your PC, your connection speed, and other factors.
  • USB flash drive. Use a USB flash drive with at least 4 GB of space. We recommend using a drive with nothing on it because any content will be deleted.
-or-
  • DVD. This requires a DVD burner on or connected to the PC you’re using to create the media, and a DVD player on the PC where you want to install Windows 10. Use a DVD with at least 4 GB of space. We recommend using a blank DVD, because any content on it will be deleted.
Here are some things to check on the PC where you want to install Windows 10:
  • 64-bit or 32-bit processor (CPU). You’ll need to download either the 64-bit or 32-bit version of Windows 10 that’s appropriate for your CPU. To check this on your current PC, go to PC info in PC settings or System in Control Panel, and look for System type.
  • System requirements. See the system requirements before installing Windows 10. We also recommend that you visit your PC manufacturer's website for info about updated drivers and hardware compatibility.
  • Language in Windows. You'll need to choose the same language when you install Windows 10. To see what language you're currently using, go to Time and language in PC settings or Region in Control Panel.
  • Edition of Windows. You should also choose the same edition of Windows. This might be Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro. To check what edition you're currently running, go to PC info in PC settings or System in Control Panel, and look for Windows edition.
When you’re ready, connect your USB flash drive or insert the DVD, tap or click Create media, and then follow the instructions.

the above is an edited excerpt from Microsoft's instructions on installing Windows



Download the official upgrade tool from Microsoft here:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

After you've downloaded the tool, plug in an empty USB flash drive (4 GB or larger), or place a blank DVD in your DVD recorder. Double click on The Media Creation tool and you will see the following window.



Click "create installation media for another PC" and then "next".



In this window choose your preferred language, what version of Windows 10 that matches your current operating system (for example: if you have Windows 7 Home then you would choose Windows 10 Home) and then pick your preferred architecture, 32 or 64 bit. Choose 64 bit if you have 4GB of RAM or more, or if you are planning on upgrading your computer to more RAM at a later date. When you are finished click "next".



Now choose which media to use. USB flash drive or an ISO file you can later burn to a blank DVD.



If you chose USB flash drive this is the window you will see. Your drive will be listed similar to the example in the image above. Click "next".



If you chose "ISO file", then a window will pop up allowing you to choose the location to store the ISO file. After you have chosen the location click "save".



After the Windows 10 update installer is downloaded to the flash drive you will have three options to update. One is to install Windows 10 directly by clicking on the "setup.exe" located on the flash drive. Another way is to copy the files from the flash drive to a hard drive and click on the "setup.exe" from there. The last option is to boot from the USB flash drive and install Windows 10 (Not recommended for updating your system from a previous version of Windows. Use this for a clean install). If you have burned an ISO to a blank DVD, you can either update to Windows 10 directly from the DVD, or you can boot your system from the DVD and initiate an install from there (Not recommended for updating your system from a previous version of Windows. Use this for a clean install).
Thanks!
 
If you want to update your computer to Windows 10, you can use the tool on this page to create your own installation media using either a USB flash drive or a DVD.

Before you begin, here are some things you’ll need:
  • PC with a reliable Internet connection. The download is about 4 GB and the time it takes to download will vary based on your PC, your connection speed, and other factors.
  • USB flash drive. Use a USB flash drive with at least 4 GB of space. We recommend using a drive with nothing on it because any content will be deleted.
-or-
  • DVD. This requires a DVD burner on or connected to the PC you’re using to create the media, and a DVD player on the PC where you want to install Windows 10. Use a DVD with at least 4 GB of space. We recommend using a blank DVD, because any content on it will be deleted.
Here are some things to check on the PC where you want to install Windows 10:
  • 64-bit or 32-bit processor (CPU). You’ll need to download either the 64-bit or 32-bit version of Windows 10 that’s appropriate for your CPU. To check this on your current PC, go to PC info in PC settings or System in Control Panel, and look for System type.
  • System requirements. See the system requirements before installing Windows 10. We also recommend that you visit your PC manufacturer's website for info about updated drivers and hardware compatibility.
  • Language in Windows. You'll need to choose the same language when you install Windows 10. To see what language you're currently using, go to Time and language in PC settings or Region in Control Panel.
  • Edition of Windows. You should also choose the same edition of Windows. This might be Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro. To check what edition you're currently running, go to PC info in PC settings or System in Control Panel, and look for Windows edition.
When you’re ready, connect your USB flash drive or insert the DVD, tap or click Create media, and then follow the instructions.

the above is an edited excerpt from Microsoft's instructions on installing Windows



Download the official upgrade tool from Microsoft here:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

After you've downloaded the tool, plug in an empty USB flash drive (4 GB or larger), or place a blank DVD in your DVD recorder. Double click on The Media Creation tool and you will see the following window.



Click "create installation media for another PC" and then "next".



In this window choose your preferred language, what version of Windows 10 that matches your current operating system (for example: if you have Windows 7 Home then you would choose Windows 10 Home) and then pick your preferred architecture, 32 or 64 bit. Choose 64 bit if you have 4GB of RAM or more, or if you are planning on upgrading your computer to more RAM at a later date. When you are finished click "next".



Now choose which media to use. USB flash drive or an ISO file you can later burn to a blank DVD.



If you chose USB flash drive this is the window you will see. Your drive will be listed similar to the example in the image above. Click "next".



If you chose "ISO file", then a window will pop up allowing you to choose the location to store the ISO file. After you have chosen the location click "save".



After the Windows 10 update installer is downloaded to the flash drive you will have three options to update. One is to install Windows 10 directly by clicking on the "setup.exe" located on the flash drive. Another way is to copy the files from the flash drive to a hard drive and click on the "setup.exe" from there. The last option is to boot from the USB flash drive and install Windows 10 (Not recommended for updating your system from a previous version of Windows. Use this for a clean install). If you have burned an ISO to a blank DVD, you can either update to Windows 10 directly from the DVD, or you can boot your system from the DVD and initiate an install from there (Not recommended for updating your system from a previous version of Windows. Use this for a clean install).
Thank you. I managed to download WIN 10 to a DVD and install it on one of my computers today. Thanks for the tip...
 

Grantapus

Member
To be fair, this guide was written a while ago. I don't believe you could download it directly back then. Also, you can't download the ISO directly from that site from the looks of it, you download an upgrade program that checks your system and then lets you install it.
Lol, so I was able to download the direct ISO from Microsoft because I was on Linux and Linux does not support the update tool.

So apparently the ISO download still work as of 2017
 
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voyagerfan99

Master of Turning Things Off and Back On Again
Staff member
Lol, so I was able to download the direct ISO from Microsoft because I was on Linux and Linux does not support the update tool.

So apparently the ISO download still work as of 2017
The ISO will work, but you still need a key. The free upgrade period ended back in July.
 

Darren

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Darren

Moderator
Staff member
So technically the "free upgrade" still works.
From what I understand the only thing Microsoft actually changed was the notification in your task bar bugging you to upgrade. Otherwise everything still works the same. At work we sell a mix of Win 7 and 10 machines but will upgrade to 10 for free if it's a 7 machine. You can either use the Media Creation Tool, run the setup.exe from within Windows and upgrade and keep files or do the assistive technologies thing I just linked. A lot of times I'll encourage people getting a Windows Reinstall done to upgrade to 10 from 7 as the key works and 10 takes way less time and effort on my part to install.
 

beers

Moderator
Staff member
Yes it does, I've done a quite a few upgrades using the assistive technologies page.
Was just about to mention this. You basically just click a button that says 'yes I use assistive technologies' and it gives you the upgrade.
 

Darren

Moderator
Staff member
Was just about to mention this. You basically just click a button that says 'yes I use assistive technologies' and it gives you the upgrade.

It's the laziest loophole they could have done besides just removing activation all together.

I've heard from.... *ahem* sources ... that a copy of Windows 7 activated with activator software can upgrade to Windows 10 and remain activated just from this still being around. So I hear.

They just want people on 10 by any means necessary.
 

Motorcharge

Well-Known Member
Was just about to mention this. You basically just click a button that says 'yes I use assistive technologies' and it gives you the upgrade.
Yep, bookmarked that link a while back so I could upgrade a PC my mom is borrowing from me. Used it last night to update my uncle's laptop to 10 from 7.

Which sort of worries me that they will end up forcing everybody who upgraded to pay a monthly fee.
Highly doubt that would ever happen. That's a hell of a bait and switch and the profit wouldn't justify pissing off that large of a user base. Annual fee would be more likely but even that is a huge stretch imo. They can get away with doing it for Office, but an entire OS I just can't see.
 

johnb35

Administrator
Staff member
So I just updated a windows 7 all in one to windows 10 just by using the media creation tool and chose to click on update this computer. Once the update completed, I made sure it was activated and it was. So another loophole? Didn't have to use the assistive technology update link. I'm gonna try it again on a laptop running windows 7.
 

Darren

Moderator
Staff member
So I just updated a windows 7 all in one to windows 10 just by using the media creation tool and chose to click on update this computer. Once the update completed, I made sure it was activated and it was. So another loophole? Didn't have to use the assistive technology update link. I'm gonna try it again on a laptop running windows 7.

One step ahead of you. :p

From what I understand the only thing Microsoft actually changed was the notification in your task bar bugging you to upgrade. Otherwise everything still works the same. At work we sell a mix of Win 7 and 10 machines but will upgrade to 10 for free if it's a 7 machine. You can either use the Media Creation Tool, run the setup.exe from within Windows and upgrade and keep files or do the assistive technologies thing I just linked. A lot of times I'll encourage people getting a Windows Reinstall done to upgrade to 10 from 7 as the key works and 10 takes way less time and effort on my part to install.

Literally works everytime.
 
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