It’s been a long time since the initial deployment of Windows 10, and if you’ve missed out on a free upgrade on your existing PC, or want to install the OS on a new PC, you might need a little help.
In this article, we will explain in detail how you can download and install Windows 10 on your computer or laptop.
Prerequisites for downloading and installing Windows 10
Before we dive into the gist of it, here are a few things you’ll need to do in this tutorial:
- You will need a Windows computer to create the installation media.
- You will need an 8 GB or larger USB flash drive to create installation media.
Once these prerequisites are met, it’s time to get the installer.
Installing the Bootable Media Creation Tool
After downloading the Media Creation Tool, click the .exe file in your browser or in the folder where you downloaded it. You will be prompted to manage user accounts. Click Yes to launch the creation tool.
Then you will receive a license agreement. Read it as you wish and click “Accept” to continue.
On the next screen, you will get the option to “Update this PC now” or “Create installation media for another PC.” Click Create Installation Media and proceed to the next section.
Select Windows 10 version and create installation media
You will have several options to choose from.
The language and version are somewhat self-explanatory, but the architecture can be confusing. If your CPU supports 64-bit Windows, you should generally install a 64-bit operating system, even if you have no more than 4GB of RAM, for compatibility reasons.
32-bit is only recommended for installing Windows 10 on older PCs that do not support 64-bit Windows. And choosing both versions is usually a waste of time and space on an external drive.
After confirming your choice, click Next, then select USB Flash Drive.
On the next screen, select your USB drive from the dropdown list and click Next again.
You will need to wait until your chosen version of Windows 10 is loaded. If, for any reason, you went against our advice and chose “Both” instead of 32-bit or 64-bit, expect longer boot times.
Once the download is complete, the Creation Tool will automatically use the files to create the installation media. When everything is ready, you should have a screen similar to the one shown below. Click Finish and the bootable media is created.
Launching USB Installer on PC
Now that you have your installation media, you need to plug your USB drive into your new computer and turn it on. Most computers should automatically register your USB drive and download the Windows 10 installer, which will automatically guide you through the setup process.
However, if you plug in a USB drive and nothing happens, you may need to manually set it as the first boot disk in your PC’s BIOS. The instructions for doing this will differ from PC to PC, but generally holding F8 or F12 at startup will load you into BIOS. If you are having trouble configuring your USB drive as the first boot drive or connecting to the BIOS on your computer, refer to your user manual or manufacturer’s website for further assistance.
So now you know how to download and install Windows 10 on your computer. If you have any questions about this, ask them in the comments.