Before you get started with the installation make sure you have:
- An internet connection (internet service provider fees may apply)
- Sufficient data storage available on your computer, USB or external drive for the download
- A blank USB flash drive with at least 8 GB of space if you want to create media. We recommend using a blank USB, because any content on it will be deleted
Next, check a few things on the PC where you want to install Windows 10:
- 64-bit or 32-bit processor (CPU)? You’ll create either a 64-bit or 32-bit version of Windows 10. To check this on your PC, go to PC info in PC settings or System in Control Panel, and look for System type
- System requirements. Make sure the PC meets the system requirements for Windows 10. We also recommend going to the PC manufacturer's website for additional 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. 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. Windows 10 Enterprise isn’t available in the media creation tool
1. Backing up your data
Before installing Windows 10, we recommend saving all your work and backing up your PC. Keep in mind that everything will be erased from your PC and hard drive.
Requirements: external hard disk or network drive.
- Right-click on the start menu and select Settings.
- Go to 'Update & Security'.
- In the list on the left, click Backup.
- Connect the external hard drive and click 'Add a drive'.
- Select the hard disk you wish to use.
- Click on 'More options'.
- Click 'Back up now' and wait for it to complete.
2. Creating installation media
- Download the Windows media creation tool here, save the .exe file and open it from your downloads folder.
- Click 'Accept' to agree to the licence terms.
- Click on 'Create installation media for another PC' and then Next.
- Choose the language, version and architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) for Windows 10.
- Choose the following medium:
- USB flash drive. Connect an empty USB flash drive with at least 8GB of available space. All content on the USB flash drive is removed
- Once the installation medium is created, follow the steps below to use it.
3. Installing Windows 10 with the installation media
- Plug in your USB flash drive on which you want to install Windows 10.
- Restart your PC and start Windows from the boot device you created. To choose your boot device, you will have to press a key as soon as your PC (re)boots. At the bottom, you may see 'Boot menu' with the key to press next to it. If 'Boot menu' is not an option, you will have to go to your BIOS or UEFI settings, or change the 'boot order' there. (Possible keys to go into these menus are F2, F12, Delete or Esc).
- Once you have managed to boot Windows from your installation media, choose the settings for language, time zone and keyboard. Then click Next.
- Choose Install Windows.
After you have completed the steps for installing Windows 10, check that all necessary drivers are installed. To check for updates now, click the Start button and go to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update. Select 'Look for updates'. You can also go to your device manufacturer's support site for any additional drivers.