How to download and install Windows 10
It’s been a long time since you first set up Windows 10, and if you’ve missed your chance to get a free upgrade to your existing computer or want to install it on a completely new computer, you may need help.
That is what we are here for. This will allow you to download and install Windows 10 on your computer. Let’s go to the scene.
Observe: If you’d like to upgrade your Windows 7/8 computer instead, click here for our Windows 10 upgrade guide.
Prerequisites for downloading and installing Windows 10
Before you get to the heart of the matter, here are a few things you need to follow in this guide:
- A separate Windows computer from which you are installing Windows 10 to create the installation media.
- 8 GB or larger USB drive to create installation media.
Once these conditions are met, it is time to obtain an installer.
Get the media authoring tool
After downloading the Media Creation Tool, click the .exe file in your browser or the folder where you downloaded it. You will be prompted to monitor User Accounts. Click Yes to run the Writing Tool.
You will then receive an EULA. Read it yourself and click Accept to continue.
The following screen shows the option “Upgrade this computer now” or “Create installation media for another computer”. Click “Create Installation Media” and go to the next section.
Select your version of Windows 10 and create the installation media
You can choose from several options.
The language and edition are a bit self-evident, but the architecture may not be, depending on the age of the computer on which you install Windows 10. If your processor supports 64-bit Windows, you’ll usually want to install a bit version of 64-bit, even if you don’t have more than 4 GB RAM for compatibility reasons.
32-bit is only recommended for installing Windows 10 on older machines that do not support the 64-bit version of Windows. Choosing both is usually a waste of bandwidth and external drive space.
After confirming your selection, click “Next” and then select “USB Flash Drive”.
On the next screen, select the USB drive from the drop-down list and click “Next” again.
You must wait for the selected version of Windows 10 to load. If for some reason you lost contrary to our advice and chose “both” instead of 32-bit or 64-bit, wait for the download time to increase. As the installer says, keep using your computer – do not try to close a window or shut down the device while it is running.
When the download is complete, the authoring tool automatically uses the files to create the installation media. When you’re done, you should get a screen that looks like below. Click “Done” and you’re ready to go.
Run the installer on your new computer
Now that you have created the installation media, you need to connect the USB drive to the new computer and boot it. Most computers should register the USB drive automatically and launch you into the Windows 10 Setup program, which will automatically guide you through the installation process.
If you plug a USB drive into an electrical outlet but nothing happens, you may need to manually insert it into the first BIOS boot drive on your computer. Instructions for doing this vary from computer to computer, but usually stick with it F8 or F12 will boot you into the BIOS at boot time. If you have problems setting up a USB drive as your first boot drive or using your computer’s BIOS, see the user guide or the manufacturer’s website for instructions.
After completing the setup of your new computer, congratulations! You have installed Windows 10. At this point, the first thing we recommend for most users is to read our guide to setting up a new Windows 10 computer.