How to Install Windows 10 on Your PC

How to Install Windows 10 on Your PC

As a computer user, installing or upgrading your operating system can seem like a daunting task. However, with some preparation and by following the proper steps, you can have a new version of Windows running on your PC in no time. In this article, we will walk you through the Windows installation process from start to finish.

Before beginning, make sure you have your Windows product key, an empty USB drive of at least 8GB, and have backed up any important files in case anything goes wrong during the installation. Once you have everything in order, the actual process of installing Windows only takes about an hour for most users. If you run into any issues, we have solutions and troubleshooting tips to help get your system back on track. With confidence and patience, installing Windows on your own computer is something you can achieve. Now let’s get started!

Download Windows 10

To install Windows 10 on your PC, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Microsoft website and download Windows 10. You have the option to download Windows 10 Home, Pro, or Enterprise Edition, depending on your needs. Select the edition you want, then click ‘Download tool now’ to get the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.
  2. Run the Media Creation Tool on your PC. This will prepare your computer for the Windows 10 installation and prompt you to accept the license terms.
  3. Choose ‘Upgrade this PC now’ or ‘Create installation media for another PC’. Selecting ‘Upgrade this PC now’ will immediately install Windows 10, while the other option allows you to create a bootable drive or ISO file to install Windows 10 on another PC. For this guide, select ‘Upgrade this PC now’.
  4. Your files and settings will be kept, but it’s a good idea to back up your files just in case. Follow the onscreen prompts to begin the installation. Your PC may restart a couple of times, so save any open files and close other programs.
  5. Customize your settings. Once the installation is done, you’ll be asked to personalize your settings like creating an account, setting a password, and selecting privacy options. You can also choose to skip setting up a password for now.
  6. Windows 10 will now start and you can begin using it. However, you may need to install device drivers and software and there may be optional updates to install. You should also familiarize yourself with the new features in Windows 10 like the Start menu, Edge browser, and Settings app.

With some time and patience, you’ll be up and running with Windows 10 on your PC. Let me know if you have any other questions!

Create a Bootable Windows 10 Installation Media

To install Windows 10 on your PC, you must first create a bootable installation media, such as a USB flash drive or DVD. The following steps will walk you through preparing the installation media.

  1. Download the Windows 10 installation file. Go to Microsoft’s website and download the Windows 10 installation file for your preferred version (Home, Pro, etc.). Save the file to your computer.
  2. Insert your USB flash drive or DVD. The installation file is over 3GB in size, so you will need a drive with at least 4GB of space. Formatting the drive in exFAT or NTFS format is also required.
  3. Run the Windows 10 installation tool. Double-click the installation file you downloaded to launch the Windows 10 installation tool. This tool will format your drive and copy the installation files.
  4. Follow the prompts to create installation media. The tool will guide you through the process of selecting a language and edition of Windows 10 to install, as well as selecting the drive to use. Press ‘Next’ to proceed through each screen.
  5. Wait for the tool to format and create the installation media. This process can take up to 30 minutes or more depending on your computer and the speed of your drive. Do not interrupt the process once it has started.
  6. Restart your computer using the installation media. With the installation drive inserted or connected, restart your PC. It should automatically boot to the drive, allowing you to proceed with installing Windows 10 on your computer.
  7. Continue with the installation. Follow the on-screen prompts to install Windows 10 on your computer. Provide product keys or login details if required based on the version you are installing. Once complete, your PC will restart on your new Windows 10 desktop.

Check Your PC’s Specifications

Check Your PC's Specifications

Before installing Windows on your PC, it’s important to check that your computer’s hardware specifications meet the minimum requirements to run the operating system.


The processor, or CPU, processes instructions and tasks. Windows requires at least a 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor for most versions. Newer versions of Windows recommend a multi-core processor for best performance.

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Your computer’s memory, or RAM, allows it to run multiple programs simultaneously. Most versions of Windows require at least 2 gigabytes (GB) of memory, though more memory will provide better performance. For the best experience, 4GB or more of memory is recommended.


Windows needs available storage space on your hard drive or solid-state drive (SSD) to install system files and updates. A minimum of 16GB of available storage is required for most versions of Windows, but for optimal performance at least 20GB of free space is ideal. The more storage the better, as this also provides room for installing additional software and storing files.

Graphics card

A graphics card, or GPU, handles visual output to your display. Windows requires a graphics card that supports DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver. For the premium Windows experience, a DirectX 11 compatible graphics card with at least 4GB of video memory is recommended for high-resolution and graphics-intensive uses.

Other considerations

You’ll also want to ensure you have an internet connection to download Windows and updates, a display that supports the minimum required screen resolution, and in some cases an optical disk drive. It may also be worth checking that your other hardware components like the motherboard, power supply, and any peripherals you need are also compatible.

Meeting or exceeding the recommended specifications will provide the optimal Windows experience on your PC with faster load times, smoother system performance, higher-quality graphics, and increased multitasking capabilities. Be sure to check the requirements for your specific version of Windows before installing.

Install Windows 10 on Your PC

Download Windows 10 Installation Media

To get started, you’ll need to download the Windows 10 installation files onto a USB flash drive or DVD. Go to Microsoft’s Windows 10 download page and select “Download tool now” to get the Media Creation Tool. Run the tool and follow the prompts to download Windows 10. Be sure to select the correct version (Home, Pro, etc.) and architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) for your PC.

Back-Up Your PC (Recommended)

While not strictly required, backing up your PC is highly recommended before installing a new operating system. Windows 10 will overwrite your current operating system, and there is a small chance your files and settings may be lost in the process. Use a service like OneDrive, Google Drive, or an external storage drive to back up everything you want to keep.

Boot From Installation Media

Next, you need to boot from the installation media you created. Restart your PC and press the key prompted on the screen to enter the BIOS or UEFI firmware settings. This is often Delete, F2, or F12. Once in the settings, find the section for “Boot order” or “Boot options” and move “USB” or “DVD” to the top of the list so it is the first device used to boot the PC. Save and exit the settings.

Follow the Installation Steps

Your PC will now boot from the installation media. Follow the on-screen prompts to begin installing Windows 10:

  1. Select your preferred language, architecture (32-bit or 64-bit), and edition of Windows 10.
  2. Click “Install Now” to begin the installation.
  3. Enter your product key if you have one. Otherwise, select “I don’t have a product key”.
  4. Accept the license terms and click “Next”.
  5. Choose between an upgrade install or a custom install. An upgrade install will preserve your files and settings. A custom install will delete everything.
  6. Follow the remaining prompts to set up an account, connect to Wi-Fi, set the time zone, and decide on optional features.
  7. Windows 10 will now install. Your PC may restart several times. The total installation time can take 30-90 minutes depending on your system specs.
  8. Once complete, Windows 10 will boot into the desktop and automatically begin downloading updates. Your PC may reboot a few more times to finish installing updates.
  9. You’re all set! Windows 10 is now installed and ready to use. Enjoy!


In conclusion, installing a new operating system on your computer is an important technical task that requires patience and care. By following the steps outlined here to back up your files, choose an installation method, and work slowly through the installation wizard, you’ll have a smooth installation experience and enjoy exploring the new features of your Windows operating system.

While the process can seem complicated, taking it one step at a time and asking for help if you get stuck will help ensure your new OS is set up properly. With some time and care, you’ll be up and running on your refreshed computer in no time. Best of luck with your installation!

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