Windows 10 is Microsoft’s newest operating system till date. But in some rumors we also heard about windows 11. But we can’t get fully news about its launch its only gets viral. If you are interested about windows 11 then just read our article. So without wasting any time let’s move to our core topic of windows 10 reinstallation. This operating system was introduced in July 2015 and since then it has gradually added more users as it is a lightweight, functional and most importantly, secure operating system. Thanks to the cumulative update, we can also have our computers in the latest version by installing the patch as soon as we reinstall Windows 10 from scratch or install the Rufus software.
We will then explain step by step how to install Windows 10.
Windows 10 system requirements
The minimum requirements to be able to successfully install and run Windows 10 are the same as Windows 7:
- 1 Ghz processor.
- 2 GB of RAM.
- 16 GB of hard disk space for 32-bit Windows 10 and 20 GB for the 64-bit version windows 10.
- DirectX 9.0 compatible graphics card.
- Screen with a minimum resolution of 800 × 600.
Preparing to install Windows 10
If we have Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or windows 10 which was corrupted installed on our computer, we can update or reinstall to the new Windows 10 without losing the data and programs installed on our computer through Windows Update. However, the update process does not always go well and, at times, it can leave our computer unusable and even make our Windows not work as it should.
Therefore, it is always suitable to execute a fresh installation, from scratch.
Download and Reinstall Windows 10 – Create USB for free
To install Windows 10 from scratch or Rufus, the first thing we must do is download Windows 10 from the following link. Microsoft will allow us to download the latest ISO image of the operating system directly from their servers easily.
When the Windows 10 ISO image is downloaded, the next step will be to burn it to a empty DVD or empty USB memory. To burn it to a DVD, all we will do is insert the empty disc into our computer and click on the Windows 10 ISO image with the right button to choose the option to burn image.
Nowadays it is much more practical to work with USB memory sticks; therefore, Microsoft also gives us the option to download and burn the image directly to a DVD with the Media Creation Tool. This application is free and we can download it from the website of Microsoft by clicking on
Once downloaded, we run it on our computer and we will see a window like the one below.
We accept the license terms and continue. The program will prepare for the creation of the installation media.
After a few seconds, the program will ask us what we want to do, whether to update our computer (if we do not have the newest version of Windows 10 installed) or create an installation intermediate for an additional computer. In our case we select this second option to continue.
In the subsequently step we can customize the installation means of our Windows. For example, we can change the language, edition, or architecture of the Windows we install. By default it will load the current configuration of our system.
We continue with the wizard and, in the next step, it will ask us what type of media we are going to use. From here we can also download the ISO, as we have seen before, from Microsoft’s servers or create a USB Flash drive to install Windows 10 from it.
We select this first option and click next to continue. In the next step, the wizard will search for the USB drives connected to our computer and will show them to us in the list. We will choose the one that corresponds to the USB memory where we will copy Windows 10 (carefully, since the process will erase all the existing data) and we will click on «Next» to begin the process.
The wizard will download the latest version copy of Windows 10 from Microsoft’s official servers and copy it to the selected empty USB memory to convert it into an installation memory device. This process may take several minutes, so we wait calmly for it to finish.
Once the whole process is finished, we will have our USB memory ready to install Windows 10 from it on our computer. We extract it from the computer and prepare to continue.
Prepare the PC and configure the BIOS for reinstall windows 10
Once we have the Windows 10 USB memory installed on our computer, the next step will be to prepare the computer to boot from it. Each motherboard and each computer model is different, so there is no universal way to do it.
To enter the BIOS or UEFI of a computer, what we must do is turn it on and, during startup, press the F12 key or F keys to enter this menu. It may also be that our PC enters this menu with the DELETE key, it depends on the models.
Once inside, we must look for the boot section and make sure that the USB memory with Windows 10 is configured as the main boot.
Since we are in the BIOS and we are going to install Windows 10 from scratch, we can take advantage of and activate the Secure Boot and make sure that the PC is configured in UEFI mode. In this way we can make the most of the PC and make sure that our entire PC runs safely.
These options cannot change once Windows is installed. If so, they would be of no use.
Here’s how to install Windows 10 on a computer step by step
Next, we need to plug the USB memory into the computer that is turned off and turn it on. Unless we have configured the BIOS/UEFI on our computer to boot first from a removable media such as a USB memory, we will have to repeatedly press the F8 key (or equivalent, depending on the motherboard model) during the boot process for the boot menu to appear and select our USB in it with Install Windows 10.
- When the system tries to boot from the USB storage, the first thing we see is a message asking us to press any key to start installing Windows 10.
- Press any key as space bar or Enter and a boot window will appear containing everything needed to install the installation wizard into the computer’s memory.
- After this boot window, which takes a few seconds, we will see the initial window of the Windows 10 installation wizard.
- In this window we need to configure our operating system language, time and currency format, and the type of keyboard to use.
- Click “Next” and in the new window that appears click “Install Now”.
- The Windows installation wizard takes a few seconds to prepare for installation.
- The next step the wizard will ask us is to enter the license number on our Windows. If the license is stored in the BIOS / UEFI on our computer, we will not see this window. Otherwise, if we have it, we can enter it or, if not, click “I don’t have a product key” to continue without the stated license.
- The wizard then asks which version of Windows 10 we want to set up or install. We must choose the one that matches our license to protect us from future problems.
- Click Next again and the license terms we accept to continue will be displayed.
- The next window is the most important one. In it we select the desired type of installation:
- When we update Windows and don’t want to lose any data or apps, we choose Refresh.
- For a clean install, we chose “Custom”.
- In our case, we chose the second option, custom, and saw a new step in the wizard where we were able to select the partition of the hard drive on which we would like to install Windows.
- If we want to create a partition, we click “New” and configure the space we want to use for our Windows. If we do nothing, the wizard will automatically use all the disk space to install Windows (and create a 500MB recovery partition). In the next step we will take a look at the partition that Windows creates by default so that it can start up and work.
- Click “Next” and the installation process will begin. A number of tasks are performed during this process:
- Copy all installation files to the hard drive.
- Prepare files for installation.
- Install Windows features.
- Install the included updates on the installaton media.
- Complete the installation.
We have to wait for the installation process to complete. In the meantime, the computer restarted several times and we also looked at the different phases of our basic Windows 10 installation and configuration guide.
After restarting, Windows 10 will now be installed. However, before we can use it, we need to run the following initial configuration wizard.
Initial setup after installing Windows 10
The first thing you see in this setup wizard is Cortana, the personal assistant. Maybe he will even scare us because he will start talking.
What we then need to set in Windows 10 is the operating system region as well as the keyboard location like US, UK, etc. which we will use. Additionally, the wizard allows other keyboard layouts to be added, if used. If we didn’t add another keyboard layout, click “Skip” to continue.
The Windows 10 setup wizard will then take care of performing a series of configurations, such as the network. If we are connected by cable, the wizard will automatically connect to the Internet. If we do it by Wi-Fi, we will see a list with all the networks, and we will have to choose ours.
Once connected to the network, comes one of the most controversial steps in Windows 10: log in with a Microsoft Account. If we have the account and we are going to use it, we can enter our email and password in this wizard to log in. If you don’t have an account in microsoft, you can create a new one from the link here.
A Microsoft Account gives us many advantages when using the operating system, such as access to OneDrive and the possibility of synchronizing the PC settings with the cloud. It also allows us to access the Microsoft Store to download apps from the Windows store.
What if we want to use a local Windows 10 account? Microsoft has complicated this option quite a bit in Windows 10 Home, but it is possible to do so. We simply have to avoid connecting to the Internet during the installation for this possibility to appear. In any case, we recommend that you choose to log in with your Microsoft Account.
The next step will be to create a PIN to log in. Thanks to it, we will be able to start faster with the numeric code instead of having to type the password over and over again, which, for security, should be quite long.
Microsoft Services Configuration
The next step will allow us to choose whether or not we want to activate the activity history. This function allows us to synchronize all our computers and devices so that we can continue what we are doing in one of them in any other. All thanks to our Microsoft Account. If we are not going to use it, we can deny it, that the process will continue anyway.
We will also see a screen that will allow us to install the application ”Your phone”, and directly configure Windows 10 so that we can control our mobile from the PCWindows 10 will also offer us the possibility to install a trial version of Office 365 in the operating system, or to buy the suite license directly..
Next, we will have to choose if we want Cortana to be our personal assistant, or if we want the digital assistant to be deactivated. If we enable it, Cortana will help us with reminders, help us find things, and also tell us bad jokes. We can also check the box that will allow us to indicate if we want it to automatically respond to the voice command “Hello Cortana.”
And, finally, we only have to configure the different privacy options of Windows 10. This option is very clear and explanatory and allows us to know how and what Windows 10 uses our data for. As we want, we can permit it or prevent you from right of entry to data.
The Windows 10 privacy points that we will configure are:
- Speech recognition.
- Find my device.
- Send diagnostics to Microsoft.
- Improve writing.
- Get personalized experiences.
- Allow applications to use the advertising ID.
Of course, these (and other) privacy options can be configured later once Windows 10 is installed.
Once this is configured, the setup wizard will finish setting up Windows 10 for us.
This process may take a few minutes and, when it is finished, we will be able to see the Windows desktop. We have already installed Windows 10 from scratch.
Update Windows and show icons: Start Windows 10 after installation
Once we finish installing Windows 10, we will be able to see our desktop with the trash can and, if we had used the operating system before on another computer, its desktop background and color theme.
Once we take control of the computer, the first thing we need to do is remove the computer and desktop document icons. To do this, we would only have to open the
Settings menu > Personalization> Themes and click on « Desktop icon settings «.
Install the latest patches
The next step would be to run Windows Update to update Windows 10 to the latest available build with cumulative patches. To do this, again in the configuration menu, we go to the ” Update and security ” section and from there we will look for the available updates.
Install drivers in Windows 10
In addition to updates and patches, through Windows Update we can also download and install drivers or drivers that have not been enabled during the installation of Windows 10. In this way, our system will be completely ready and all our components will function normally.
If something doesn’t work and Windows Update doesn’t download the appropriate driver, we have no choice but to look for it on the manufacturer’s website. For example, if our motherboard is from Gigabyte, we will have to go to that website to download the latest versions of them. In addition to everything, it is recommended to download and install the NVIDIA and AMD drivers manually to take advantage of the improvements of the latest versions.
In case we continue to have problems with the Windows drivers, then we must resort to other third-party programs specially designed to help us download and install the drivers for our PC. Best one is IObit Driver Booster.
Finally, we only have to download and install the essential programs. Some of the most common that cannot be missing from any computer are:
- Web browser: Google Chrome or Firefox.
- File compressor: WinRAR or PeaZip.
- Media player: VLC or MPC-HC.Photo editor: Photoshop or GIMP.
- Office automation: Office or LibreOffice.
- Music: Spotify or Aimp.
- Download managers: uTorrent, Transmission or Jdownloader.
- Games: Steam.
Reinstall Windows 10 – How to do a fresh install
If we already have Windows 10 installed on our computer, but it starts to go wrong, we do not have to go through the entire previous process to install Windows from scratch, but we can use the recovery options to restore the PC and leave it as fresh out of the store.
The Windows 10 recovery options allow us to restore the operating system to its original values. This can be done by saving our data or by completely deleting it from the system. In addition, we can choose between restoring Windows from the current version of the operating system or from the cloud, downloading and installing the latest version during the process.
When we click on the “Start” button we will be able to see a wizard that will guide us through the process for reinstalling the operating system from scratch. The first thing we will see is a window that will ask us if we want to keep or remove the data.
Then we can choose the type of restoration we want to carry out. We can choose, as we have explained, from the cloud (with which we will have to download 4 GB of data), or from the local reinstallation. This second option can cause problems (if the original Windows installation is corrupted), so we recommend using the cloud option whenever possible. In addition, by selecting it we can download and install the latest version, which will allow us to have our Windows updated.
Below we can see a summary of the options we have chosen. In addition, we will be able to customize some of the options such as the posibility of cleaning the drive (in addition to erasing the data, to complicate its recovery), and confirming the download of Windows from the Internet.
If everything is correct, click “Next” and wait for Windows to finish preparing. When it is finished, we will be able to see a last detailed summary with everything that is going to be done on the PC.
If everything is correct, we click on “Reset” and that’s it. Windows will begin to download the latest version of the system, prepare it, and rstart the computer to begin the Windows cleaning and repair process.
This process can take several minutes or even few hours. We must wait patiently for it to finish. When it is ready, we will simply have to complete the installation wizard of the operating system and that’s it.
When we have control over our desktop we will have a clean Windows 10, just installed (with or without our data, depending on the option we have chosen) and ready to run again without problems.
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