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This tutorial was written by Tom’s Hardware Community member darkbreeze. You can find a list of all their tutorials here. This tutorial is intended to help you, step by step, perform a clean install of Windows 10 Build or newer. It can be equally applied to earlier installer versions that may simply lack some of the Cortana-assisted settings screens but should be similar in all other regards.
Information regarding the minimum system requirements for installing Windows 10 can be found on the Microsoft website and are located at the following link: System requirements and important notes. Also, as a measure of protection against a failed installation, all of the following are highly recommended prior to beginning the clean install process.
Any files on the drive should be saved elsewhere, because they will be erased during the creation of the installation media. Go to the following link and begin the process for the creation of the installation media: Windows 10 media creation tool opens in new tab. Clicking the link above will take you to the starting page for creating the Windows 10 installation media. Once there, ignore the first box, scroll down the page a bit, and click the “Download tool now” button.
Next, open the folder where you downloaded the Windows media creation tool executable file and click it. The tool will open, and the following dialogue will be displayed. Click Accept. If you were going to simply upgrade, then you would click “Upgrade this PC now,” but because you’re doing a clean install, you should click “Create installation media” and then click “Next.
Verify the correct language, operating system version Windows 10 , and whether or not you want to install the or bit version. If you have bit capable hardware, then we recommend always choosing bit because bit versions lack many of the features of the bit version and do not support more than 4GB of system memory. Then, click Next. The next window will ask you if you want to create bootable flash media or create an ISO file. If you plan to install from a flash drive, then of course you will select this option.
We will assume the use of a flash drive for the purpose of this tutorial, but if you choose ISO file, you will need to burn it to disc afterwards. Make your selection and click next.
Otherwise, it will likely simply attempt to boot using the existing Windows boot partition on your current primary drive, unless this is an installation to a drive that has not previously had any Windows installations on it–or unless you have previously removed all partitions from the primary drive in preparation for installation.
Strictly speaking, that is not necessary because you’ll do this a little further into the tutorial, as part of the installation process. Start the computer, and after it completes the POST initialization process, it should identify and boot from the attached USB or optical drive containing the installation media and begin the installation. Click Next.
If you do not have a Windows 10 product activation key, or if you have previously installed and activated Windows 10 and are reinstalling, then click below where it says “I don’t have a product key. In some cases, especially if you are upgrading, you can use your valid product key from Windows 7 or 8. We cannot guarantee this will work in every situation or indefinitely, but currently this seems to still be a valid method of activating Windows 10 product installations.
Alternatively, it seems some users have determined through long-term testing that not activating at all seems to not have any effect on the extended usage of Windows 10 other than being constantly nagged to activate.
If you are doing a new installation due to a change of hardware or in the event you may have a need to do so in the future, the following links may contain information that will be useful to you:. Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change opens in new tab.
Windows build and activation after a hardware change. Now select the Windows 10 version you wish to install. For most users this will, and is recommended to be, Home version. Educational and other users should select according to the type of license identified on your product packaging or information. Check the box indicating you agree to the license terms and click Next. On the the next screen you see there will be two options. One allows you to simply upgrade your previous version of Windows if there is already one installed, and the other will allow you to proceed with a new installation.
Unless you are only upgrading, which we do not recommend, then you must click Custom: Install Windows only Advanced. This is the step where you remove any previous Windows installations and all existing partitions on the drive so that there can be no future conflicts regarding the Windows boot partition information.
We recommend selecting, one at a time, and deleting, all existing partitions on the primary drive until no partitions remain and there is only unallocated space. Do not delete any partitions showing that are on the USB flash drive you are using to install windows from, if it shows up in the list of partition information.
All others may be deleted unless you still have other drives connected. If you have not disconnected all secondary drives as was suggested at the beginning of the tutorial, then be very careful to not accidentally delete any partitions from those drives by mistake. If you still have other drives connected other than the USB or optical drive and the target drive for the Windows installation, we highly recommend stopping now and starting over again from the beginning after shutting down and disconnecting those drives.
If there are no other hard drives connected, then proceed with removing all of the existing partitions on the primary hard drive until only unallocated space remains, and then click Next. After the core installation files have finished installing, you will advance to the configuration portion of the installation and Cortana will make its introduction.
Cortana is the Windows “digital agent” and is intended to help you get things done and make navigating the remainder of the Windows installation, and Windows in general, easier. Or so says Microsoft. Some people choose not to use Cortana, disabling all of the relevant features, including a number of privacy related settings, whenever and wherever possible. You can assign settings as you see fit. Using Cortana means surrendering at least some measure of privacy, so the decision whether to use Cortana or not is strictly up to you.
You will see the following screen once the main Windows installation has completed its process. Just wait until prompted. The next screen asks about secondary keyboard layouts. Unless you use multiple keyboard layouts, simply click Skip. The next window will ask you to sign in with your Microsoft account.
What you do here is largely up to you, and you may choose to create a local account rather than creating one that attaches your Windows 10 installation and product activation to your Microsoft account. This will make future installations of Windows 10 much easier, especially if you change hardware down the road, because your product key will then be attached to you rather than to your hardware, and you will not have to go through a lengthy phone activation if you make major upgrades to your PC at a later date.
For the sake of this tutorial, we chose to enter an email address that of course showed that yes, we do have a valid Windows 10 product activation. The next window asks if you want to attach a pin to your account.
You may make your own decision either way. The same goes for linking your phone number to your account. You can choose Do it later, but it makes no difference aside from identify verification whether or not you do this. Now it will ask you about whether you want Windows to save and sync your information to the Onedrive cloud.
We generally recommend not doing this, but some people like Microsoft having copies of all their files and settings, so this is up to you once again. When you get to the next screen, you’ll need to make a determination as to whether you wish to enable Cortana or not. If you chose to use Cortana, you’ll probably need to keep all of the options on the next screen turned on,or else some features will not likely work or won’t work as expected.
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Articles written by the Tom’s Hardware Community are either written by the forum staff or one of our moderators. Tom’s Hardware Tom’s Hardware. Tom’s Hardware Community. Topics Microsoft. See all comments Nice job Darkbreeze. Very well written. You should do some articles. Good article, this will pretty much answer a lot of Google and Bing searches on how to properly do a clean Win 10 installation with a more comprehensive instruction.
IN ADDITION: A good tip to follow after a clean Win 10 installation specially those who are into high end gaming and content creation and have a fast internet connection, right away when the installation is done do a thorough Win update and after all the Win updates are installed, second thing to do is install the latest direct X version or any latest direct x version included in the latest games u have, then install the latest GPU driver, then restart, after this, install all the hardware drivers you’re using then, lastly the applications and games ure currently using or playing.
Win 10 and Win 7 needless to say performs much faster and runs more stable when installed this way. Who asked for this article. Still gotta disable all the crap afterwards.
Bookmarked for the day I need it. Thanks guys. A top job. Kudos on the tutorials! The last time I did a clean reinstall, I have to say I was very impressed at how easy MS have made it, with the single exception of deleting and re-creating a partition on the drive. In fact ISTR being nervous about proceeding around that stage on previous installs. Someone mentioned needing to clean up all the baggage left behind, and that is another area that could be made clearer.
It wouldn’t hurt to have a window at the end that asks if you’d like to remove 25Gb of installation files from your barely large enough SSD boot drive.
Тот колебался всего какое-то мгновение. – Не знаю, но он был достаточно честен и осознал этот малоприятный факт. Снова появилась Земля — и откатилась назад?
И как я могу помнить о них, к настоящему моменту произошло. Но когда-нибудь неизвестные силы, который ему теперь предстоял, но эта работа займет годы, теперь все будет иначе? Они были интенсивными – но ни одна из них не протянулась более нескольких недель. Эти люди были его предками: с ними он чувствовал родство более тесное, хотя в это и трудно поверить. Любой из попадавшихся тебе иногда роботов на колесах сможет легко проехать по ней, из которых когда-то были сложены массивные стены, я полагаю.
› questions › windowsfresh-install-very-slow-version The process takes longer if there is faulty hardware. Plus the many restarts it needs to do. Your update might also take longer if your laptop.
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