Windows 10 Install Guide

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Installation

These installation instructions are for an uncustomised installation of Windows 10.

Local Media Installation

The steps in this section are for installation from local media, such as DVD optical disc or USB storage device.

For instructions on how to obtain local media and create a USB device to install Windows 10, see my Windows 10 Media Creation Tool post.
  1. Insert the Windows 10 installation media into your computer, and start the computer so that it boots from the installation media. If you are using optical installation media, the following prompt stating Press any key to boot from CD or DVD will be displayed.
    Press any key to boot from CD or DVD

    Press any key to boot from CD or DVD

  2. Press any key to boot from the optical installation media. The system will start Loading Files.
    Loading Files

    Loading Files

    The Locale page will be displayed.

    Locale

  3. Select your preferred Language, Time and currency format and Keyboard or input method, and click Next. The Install now page will be displayed.

    Install now

  4. Click Install Now. The Setup is starting page will be displayed.

    Setup is starting

    Selection of an operating system edition is normally determined based on your product key. The following Enter the product key to activate Windows window will be displayed.

    Enter the product key to activate Windows

    Enter the product key to activate Windows

    If you are reinstalling Windows 10 on a computer that was previously upgraded under the free upgrade offer, you do not need to enter a product key. Instead, click Skip.
  5. Type your product key and click Next.
    Skip
    1. When choosing this option, the following Select the operating system you want to install window will be displayed.

      Select the operating system you want to install

      The available operating system choices are:

      • Windows 10 Pro
      • Windows 10 Home
    2. Select the operating system edition you wish to install and click Next.
    [_/su_spoiler] The License terms page will be displayed.

    License Terms

  6. Tick I accept the license terms, and click Next. The Which type of installation do you want? page will be displayed.

    Which type of installation do you want?

  7. Click Custom: Install Windows only (advanced). The Where do you want to install Windows? page will be displayed.

    Where do you want to install Windows?

    Windows is generally installed on Drive 0. If your first drive already contains one or more partitions, use the Delete button to remove them so that the entire drive appears as Unallocated Space.

    These instructions do not cover loading additional mass storage drivers, or support vendor utility partitions.
  8. Select Drive 0 Unallocated Space and click Next.
    The remainder of the installation process is automated. The Installing Windows: Copying files page will be displayed.

    Installing Windows: Copying Files

    The Installing Windows: Getting files ready for installation page will be displayed.

    Installing Windows: Getting files ready for installation

    Installing Windows: Getting files ready for installation

    The Installing Windows: Installing features page will be displayed.

    Installing Windows: Installing features

    Installing Windows: Installing features

    The Installing Windows: Installing updates page will be displayed.

    Installing Windows: Installing updates

    The Installing Windows: Finishing up page will be displayed.

    Installing Windows: Finishing up

    The Windows needs to restart to continue page will be displayed.

    Windows needs to restart to continue

  9. (Optional) Click Restart now.
     
    The computer restarts and resumes the automated Windows setup process. The message Getting devices ready will be displayed.

    Getting devices ready

    Getting devices ready

    The message Getting ready will be displayed.

    Getting ready

    Getting ready

    The computer restarts.

  10. Windows 10 is now installed and ready for post-installation configuration.
Windows Deployment Services

The steps in this section are for installation over the network using Windows Deployment Services.

  1. Start the computer so that it boots from the network. A Windows Boot Manager prompt similar to the following may be displayed.

    Windows Boot Manager: Windows 10

  2. Select the entry for Windows 10 and press Enter. The system will start Loading Files.

    Loading Files

    The Setup is starting screen will be displayed.

    Windows Server 2012 R2: Setup is starting

    Setup is starting

    The Locale window will be displayed.

    Locale

  3. Select your preferred Locale and Keyboard or input method, and click Next. A Windows credentials prompt will be displayed.
    Windows credentials prompt

    Windows credentials prompt

  4. Type the appropriate credentials to connect to Windows Deployment Services and click OK. The Select the operating system you want to install window will be displayed.
    Select the operating system you want to install

    Select the operating system you want to install

    The available operating system choices may include:

    • Windows 10 Pro
    • Windows 10 Home
  5. Select the operating system edition you wish to install and click Next. The Where do you want to install Windows? window be displayed.
    Windows Server 2012 R2: Where do you want to install Windows?

    Where do you want to install Windows?

    Windows is generally installed on Drive 0. If your first drive already contains one or more partitions, use the Delete button to remove them so that the entire drive appears as Unallocated Space.

    These instructions do not cover loading additional mass storage drivers, or support vendor utility partitions.
  6. Select Drive 0 Unallocated Space and click Next. The remainder of the installation process is automated. The Waiting for server window will be displayed momentarily while the local computer waits for the Windows Deployment Service server to begin copying files.

    Waiting for server

    Once the transfer begins, the Installing Windows: Copying files progress window will be displayed momentarily.

    Installing Windows: Copying Files

    The Installing Windows: Getting files ready for installation page will be displayed.

    Installing Windows: Getting files ready for installation

    Installing Windows: Getting files ready for installation

    The Installing Windows: Installing features page will be displayed.

    Installing Windows: Installing features

    Installing Windows: Installing features

    The Installing Windows: Installing updates page will be displayed.

    Installing Windows: Installing updates

    The Installing Windows: Finishing up page will be displayed.

    Installing Windows: Finishing up

    The Windows needs to restart to continue page will be displayed.

    Windows needs to restart to continue

  7. (Optional) Click Restart now.
     
    The computer restarts and resumes the automated Windows setup process. The message Getting devices ready will be displayed.

    Getting devices ready

    Getting devices ready

    The message Getting ready will be displayed.

    Getting ready

    Getting ready

    The computer restarts.

  8. Windows 10 is now installed and ready for post-installation configuration.

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