How to Install Windows 10 on a PC

Introduction

There are several ways to install Windows 10 on your PC, whether you are upgrading from Windows 7 or 8, installing a new operating system on your device, or reinstalling a fresh version of Windows 10 on your machine.
Windows 10 Pro

Whichever is the case, this guide will walk you though the installation and setup of Windows 10

1 Install

  1. Select your language, region, and keyboard type.
    Language, Time and Currency, and Keyboard or input method boxes highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  3. Click on Install Now.
    Install Now button highlighted
  4. Enter your Product Key.
    Product key field highlighted
  5. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted

    If you do not have a Windows product key, you may instead click I don't have a product key to continue the installation.

  6. If asked, Choose the version of Windows you wish to install.
    Example version of Windows 10 highlighted
  7. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted

    If you entered a product key on the previous screen this page will not be displayed.

  8. Click I accept the license terms box.
    I accept the license terms highlighted
  9. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  10. Choose whether to upgrade an existing install or install a clean copy of windows.

    You may only choose the upgrade options if you ran the windows setup from within a compatible running version of Windows.

    Upgrade and Custom install boxes highlighted
  11. Select the drive location you wish to install Windows.
    Example drive highlighted
  12. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  13. The install process will now begin. This will take around 30 minutes to complete.

2 Start

  1. Select your region from the list.
    Example region highlighted
  2. Click Yes.
    Yes box highlighted
  3. Choose your keyboard layout.
    Example keyboard layout highlighted
  4. Click Yes.
    Yes box highlighted

? Would you like to add an second keyboard layout?

  1. Yes
  2. No

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There are several ways to install Windows 10 on your PC, whether you are upgrading from Windows 7 or 8, installing a new operating system on your device, or reinstalling a fresh version of Windows 10 on your machine.
Windows 10 Pro

Whichever is the case, this guide will walk you though the installation and setup of Windows 10

  1. Select your language, region, and keyboard type.
    Language, Time and Currency, and Keyboard or input method boxes highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  3. Click on Install Now.
    Install Now button highlighted
  4. Enter your Product Key.
    Product key field highlighted
  5. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted

    If you do not have a Windows product key, you may instead click I don't have a product key to continue the installation.

  6. If asked, Choose the version of Windows you wish to install.
    Example version of Windows 10 highlighted
  7. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted

    If you entered a product key on the previous screen this page will not be displayed.

  8. Click I accept the license terms box.
    I accept the license terms highlighted
  9. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  10. Choose whether to upgrade an existing install or install a clean copy of windows.

    You may only choose the upgrade options if you ran the windows setup from within a compatible running version of Windows.

    Upgrade and Custom install boxes highlighted
  11. Select the drive location you wish to install Windows.
    Example drive highlighted
  12. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  13. The install process will now begin. This will take around 30 minutes to complete.
  1. Select your region from the list.
    Example region highlighted
  2. Click Yes.
    Yes box highlighted
  3. Choose your keyboard layout.
    Example keyboard layout highlighted
  4. Click Yes.
    Yes box highlighted
  1. Click on Add Layout.
    Add Layout button highlighted
  2. Select a language for your second layout.
    Eexample language highlighted
  3. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  4. Select the keyboard layout you wish to use.
    Example keyboard layout highlighted
  5. Click Add Layout.
    Add Layout button highlighted
  1. Find you home Wi-Fi network from the list and click on it to select it.
    Example Wi-Fi network highlighted
  2. Click on Connect.
    Connect button highlighted
  3. Enter your network security key.
    Network Security Key field highlighted
  4. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  1. Click Set up for personal use.
    Setup for personal use highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  1. Click Create Account.
    Create account highlighted
  1. Type in an existing e-mail you use into the email field.
    Email field highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  3. Type in a password that you would like to use.
    Password field highlighted
  4. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  5. Select your country and birthdate.
    Account Setup with Country and date of birth field highlighted
  6. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  7. Choose your email preferences and click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  8. Click Create PIN.
    Create PIN button highlighted
  9. Enter and confirm your PIN.
    New PIN and Confirm PIN fields highlighted
  10. Click OK.
    OK button highlighted

The final steps of the set up process include configuring additional (and sometimes optional) services. Depending on the type of Windows 10 device you're setting up, you may not be prompted to set up each one of the additional services depicted below.

Link your smartphone and PC

By linking your smartphone to your PC, you will have the ability to keep your data synchronized between devices.

  • If you want to link your mobile device with your pc, enter your phone number and press send. Follow the link provided to you from your phone.
    Phone number field and Send button highlighted
  • If you do not wish to link your phone at this time, you can either click Do it later.
    Do it later highlighted

OneDrive

One Drive lets you save files from your PC to the cloud. You can then access this data on any other device that is also attached to your OneDrive account.

  • To use OneDrive, click on Next.
    Next button highlighted
  • If you do not wish to use OneDrive, click Save Files Locally.
    Only save files to this PC highlighted

Cortana

Cortana is a personal voice assistant that is included with windows. By enabling Cortana, you can get updates and perform simple tasks using your voice.

  • If you wish to enable Cortana, click Yes.
    Yes button highlighted
  • If you wish to disable Cortana, click No.
    No button highlighted

Privacy Settings

Privacy Settings will dictate how your computer communicates with Microsoft and what features you can enable or disable. Go though this list and decide which items you want to be turned on or off. Once you are done, click on Accept.

  • Example Security Settings
    Accept button highlighted
  1. Click Get a new email address.
    Get a new email address highlighted
  2. Type an email address that you would like to have.
    Email field highlighted.
  3. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  4. Type a password in you would like to use.
    Password field highlighted
  5. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  6. Select your country and birthdate.
    Country and Birthday fields highlighted
  7. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  1. Type in your phone number.
    Phone Number field highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  3. Choose your email preferences and click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  4. Click Create PIN.
    Create PIN button highlighted
  5. Enter and confirm your PIN.
    New PIN and Confirm PIN fields highlighted
  6. Click OK.
    OK button highlighted
  1. Click Add an alternate email instead.
    Add an alternate email instead highlighted
  2. Type in your alternate email address.
    Email address field highlighted
  3. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  4. Choose your email preferences and click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  5. Click Create PIN.
    Create PIN button highlighted
  6. Enter and confirm your PIN.
    New PIN and Confirm PIN fields highlighted
  7. Click OK.
    OK button highlighted
  1. Type in your email address associated with your Microsoft account.
    Email, phone, or Skype field highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  3. Enter your password.
    Password field highlighted
  4. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  5. Click Create PIN.
    Create PIN button highlighted
  6. Enter and confirm your PIN.
    PIN and Confirm PIN fields highlighted
  7. Click OK.
    OK button highlighted
  1. Click Offline Account.
    Offline Account is highlighted
  2. Type in the name you would like displayed for your account.
    Name field is highlighted
  3. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  4. Type in a password you would like to use.
    Password field highlighted
  5. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  6. Confirm your password.
    Password field highlighted
  7. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  8. You will now be asked to choose and answer 3 security questions in case you forget your password.
    1. Choose a security question and type the answer to it.
      Security Question and Answer fields highlighted
    2. Click Next.
      Next button highlighted
  1. Click Set up for an organization.
    Set up for an organization highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    Next highlighted
  1. Type in your work or school email address.
    Email address field highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  3. Type in your password.
    Password field highlighted
  4. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  1. Click Offline Account.
    Domain join instead highlighted
  2. Type in the name you would like displayed for your account.
    Name field highlighted
  3. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  4. Type in a password you would like to use.
    Password field highlighted
  5. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  6. Confirm your password.
    Password field highlighted
  7. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  8. You will now be asked to choose and answer 3 security questions in case you forget your password.
    1. Choose a security question and type the answer to it.
      Security Question and Answer fields highlighted
    2. Click Next.
      Next button highlighted

Keep in mind that some laptop computers do not come equipped with an ethernet port anymore. Tablet PCs rarely come equipped with ethernet ports and must be connected via WiFi.

  1. Connect an Ethernet cable to your computer.
    Computer plugged into router with Ethernet cable
  2. Once the cable is connected, your network should appear as being connected.
    Ethernet status highlighted
  3. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  1. Click Skip For Now.
    Network setup page with skip for now highlighted
  2. Type in the name you would like displayed for your account.
    Name field is highlighted
  3. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  4. Type in a password you would like to use.
    Password field highlighted
  5. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  6. Confirm your password.
    Password box highlighted
  7. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  8. You will now be asked to choose and answer 3 security questions in case you forget your password.
    1. Choose a security question and type the answer to it.
      Security Question and Answer fields highlighted
    2. Click Next.
      Next button highlighted
  1. Click on Skip.
    Skip button highlighted
  1. Find you home Wi-Fi network from the list and click on it to select it.
    Example Wi-Fi network highlighted
  2. Click on Connect.
    Connect button highlighted
  3. Enter your network security key.
    Network Security Key field highlighted
  4. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  1. Click Set up for personal use.
    Setup for personal use highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  1. Click Create Account.
    Create account highlighted
  1. Type in an existing e-mail you use into the email field.
    Email field highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  3. Type in a password that you would like to use.
    Password field highlighted
  4. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  5. Select your country and birthdate.
    Account Setup with Country and date of birth field highlighted
  6. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  7. Choose your email preferences and click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  8. Click Create PIN.
    Create PIN button highlighted
  9. Enter and confirm your PIN.
    New PIN and Confirm PIN fields highlighted
  10. Click OK.
    OK button highlighted

The final steps of the set up process include configuring additional (and sometimes optional) services. Depending on the type of Windows 10 device you're setting up, you may not be prompted to set up each one of the additional services depicted below.

Link your smartphone and PC

By linking your smartphone to your PC, you will have the ability to keep your data synchronized between devices.

  • If you want to link your mobile device with your pc, enter your phone number and press send. Follow the link provided to you from your phone.
    Phone number field and Send button highlighted
  • If you do not wish to link your phone at this time, you can either click Do it later.
    Do it later highlighted

OneDrive

One Drive lets you save files from your PC to the cloud. You can then access this data on any other device that is also attached to your OneDrive account.

  • To use OneDrive, click on Next.
    Next button highlighted
  • If you do not wish to use OneDrive, click Save Files Locally.
    Only save files to this PC highlighted

Cortana

Cortana is a personal voice assistant that is included with windows. By enabling Cortana, you can get updates and perform simple tasks using your voice.

  • If you wish to enable Cortana, click Yes.
    Yes button highlighted
  • If you wish to disable Cortana, click No.
    No button highlighted

Privacy Settings

Privacy Settings will dictate how your computer communicates with Microsoft and what features you can enable or disable. Go though this list and decide which items you want to be turned on or off. Once you are done, click on Accept.

  • Example Security Settings
    Accept button highlighted
  1. Click Get a new email address.
    Get a new email address highlighted
  2. Type an email address that you would like to have.
    Email field highlighted.
  3. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  4. Type a password in you would like to use.
    Password field highlighted
  5. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  6. Select your country and birthdate.
    Country and Birthday fields highlighted
  7. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  1. Type in your phone number.
    Phone Number field highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  3. Choose your email preferences and click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  4. Click Create PIN.
    Create PIN button highlighted
  5. Enter and confirm your PIN.
    New PIN and Confirm PIN fields highlighted
  6. Click OK.
    OK button highlighted
  1. Click Add an alternate email instead.
    Add an alternate email instead highlighted
  2. Type in your alternate email address.
    Email address field highlighted
  3. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  4. Choose your email preferences and click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  5. Click Create PIN.
    Create PIN button highlighted
  6. Enter and confirm your PIN.
    New PIN and Confirm PIN fields highlighted
  7. Click OK.
    OK button highlighted
  1. Type in your email address associated with your Microsoft account.
    Email, phone, or Skype field highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  3. Enter your password.
    Password field highlighted
  4. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  5. Click Create PIN.
    Create PIN button highlighted
  6. Enter and confirm your PIN.
    PIN and Confirm PIN fields highlighted
  7. Click OK.
    OK button highlighted
  1. Click Offline Account.
    Offline Account is highlighted
  2. Type in the name you would like displayed for your account.
    Name field is highlighted
  3. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  4. Type in a password you would like to use.
    Password field highlighted
  5. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  6. Confirm your password.
    Password field highlighted
  7. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  8. You will now be asked to choose and answer 3 security questions in case you forget your password.
    1. Choose a security question and type the answer to it.
      Security Question and Answer fields highlighted
    2. Click Next.
      Next button highlighted
  1. Click Set up for an organization.
    Set up for an organization highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    Next highlighted
  1. Type in your work or school email address.
    Email address field highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  3. Type in your password.
    Password field highlighted
  4. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  1. Click Offline Account.
    Domain join instead highlighted
  2. Type in the name you would like displayed for your account.
    Name field highlighted
  3. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  4. Type in a password you would like to use.
    Password field highlighted
  5. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  6. Confirm your password.
    Password field highlighted
  7. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  8. You will now be asked to choose and answer 3 security questions in case you forget your password.
    1. Choose a security question and type the answer to it.
      Security Question and Answer fields highlighted
    2. Click Next.
      Next button highlighted

Keep in mind that some laptop computers do not come equipped with an ethernet port anymore. Tablet PCs rarely come equipped with ethernet ports and must be connected via WiFi.

  1. Connect an Ethernet cable to your computer.
    Computer plugged into router with Ethernet cable
  2. Once the cable is connected, your network should appear as being connected.
    Ethernet status highlighted
  3. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  1. Click Skip For Now.
    Network setup page with skip for now highlighted
  2. Type in the name you would like displayed for your account.
    Name field is highlighted
  3. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  4. Type in a password you would like to use.
    Password field highlighted
  5. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  6. Confirm your password.
    Password box highlighted
  7. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  8. You will now be asked to choose and answer 3 security questions in case you forget your password.
    1. Choose a security question and type the answer to it.
      Security Question and Answer fields highlighted
    2. Click Next.
      Next button highlighted
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