A Detailed Guide to Installing Windows 10
Windows 10 has definitely made itself worth downloading for a lot of its users, by coming with a “zero” price tag. If you have been using the Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you would have seen a message pop up quite frequently urging you to download Windows 10 for free.
However, maybe you decided to wait, simply because you didn’t know how to exactly how to go about installing it, and you didn’t wanted to take any chances as there was a lot of important data stored on your PC.
If you are indeed looking for a guide on installing Windows 10, we have got you covered. So let’s get straight to the point and learn installing Windows 10 the safe and easy way.
Ways to obtain it
Well, there are actually three ways to go for Windows 10. If you haven’t got a PC with Windows 8.1 or 7, you would need one. This wouldn’t be the case with most of you though, so let us move on to the other two.
The second one is maybe you are looking to buy a Windows 10 license online. However, as it’s still fairly new and being offered for free to existing users, we doubt there would be many willing to pay for it.
This brings us to the third, and seemingly, most common way to upgrade to Windows 10. It’s obviously being offered a free upgrade if you have been using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. So let’s focus on that.
The first option
If you had even just reserved the free copy when you were asked for it, chances are that it may have already got downloaded in your PC. In that case, you will also see an icon similar to the Start button one in your notifications bar.
You can click it anytime you want and you will be allowed to install Windows 10. It’s fairly simple, and there’s hardly much to it. However, we still recommended backing up your important data, just in case something unfortunate happens.
The second option
Nowadays, one doesn’t even need to use a CD or DVD to install a new Windows version, as Microsoft now offers an ISO file that can be saved even on a flash drive.
However, the latest new Windows 10 media creation tool goes a step further, creating a bootable flash drive. While using this tool, all one needs to do is ensure that the drive has at least 3 GB of free space.
You can then follow the steps as mentioned below, in the same order as they are given in:
- Backing up important data
- Selecting the right version on the tool page, that is either a 32-bit or a 64-bit version, and then downloading and running it
- Going for a simple installation process by booting from a DVD or USB key
- Allowing to install the drivers
- You will be asked for an license key, a step you simply need to skip if you upgrading from Windows 7 or 8.1 and the key will appear by itself
Finally, you can wipe out everything for improved performance. You can do so by clicking the “Update and Security” menu under the Settings option.
While doing so, however, you will also find several other options such as:
- Restoring important data
- Reinstalling Windows
- Removing all files and old settings
Also, if things don’t work out well, you may go back to your old Windows 8.1 by going for a factory reset, an option available alongside the ones mentioned above. Similarly, when you do so, you will also have an option to upgrade it back to Windows 10. However, this option would be offered only till a month from installing Windows 10.