How to install Windows 10 using a retail disc, an ISO image or a flash drive
Windows 10 is Microsoft’s newest operating system, and many people want to install it on their computers or devices. One way is to do that is by upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Another way is to use a retail disk that you purchased with Windows 10 or an ISO image which you have downloaded from Microsoft or somewhere else on the web. In this guide we are going to show you how to make a clean installation on your computer or device, using a retail disk of Windows 10 or an ISO image. The process is different than when installing Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, so pay attention to our guide:
NOTE: This guide is based on Windows 10 Creators Update, the latest version of Windows 10 which was released in April 2017.
Things to keep in mind
Before you decide whether or not to install Windows 10, read the Windows 10 Specifications on Microsoft’s website and review its system requirements. This operating system demands the following:
- Processor: 1 GHz or faster, single core or multicore
- RAM: 1 GB for the 32-bit version or 2 GB for the 64-bit one
- Free hard disk space: 16 GB for the 32-bit version or 20 GB for the 64-bit version
- Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 compatible graphics card
Before you start the installation, you need to have a product key available. Make sure you have it before moving forward with this guide.
If you need the ISO image for Windows 10, you can download it from here: Download Windows 10. Read this tutorial to see how to download the ISO file: How to download Windows 10 and create your installation media.
If you want to run the operating system in a virtual machine, the best virtualization applications that we tested and are capable of running Windows 10 are VirtualBox, VMware Player, VMware Player Pro and VMware Workstation. VMware Player and VirtualBox are the only free products on this list.
How to install Windows 10
The Media Creation Tool lets you create a bootable USB flash drive with Windows 10, or download the ISO file on your PC. If you create a Windows 10 USB memory stick, you'll be able to use it on any computer, even if does not have an optical drive. It’s also the best method if you want the installation to go faster. If you prefer to use a DVD, download the ISO file and burn it to a disc. Finally, if you are going to install Windows 10 in a virtual machine, you don't need to burn the ISO or copy it, just mount it before you start the virtual machine.
Now it's time to boot your computer/virtual machine using the installation DVD or the USB flash drive that you have created, with the Windows 10 setup. Once the necessary files are copied, the installation starts by asking what language, time, currency and keyboard input settings you want to use. Make the selections you prefer and click/tap Next.
Click or tap Install now to start the installation.
The setup takes a couple of seconds to start and then, you are asked to enter the product key for Windows 10. Type it and click or tap Next.
You are shown the license terms. Click or tap “I accept the license terms” and then Next.
You are asked for the installation type. As you are installing Windows 10 from scratch, click or tap “Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).”
Now you are asked to select where you want to install Windows. Choose the partition that you want to use for Windows 10 and press Next.
If you need to setup your partitions in a specific way, don't hesitate to use the tools available for creating new partitions, formatting them and so on before clicking Next.
The installation starts. The setup takes a few minutes to copy all the required files and installs the Windows 10 operating system.
Once the installation is done, the setup program will automatically reboot your computer or device at least once, to run the first-time configuration scripts. You just need to wait patiently for the process to finish.
Read the next page of this tutorial to see how to personalize your Windows 10 installation.