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Windows 10 – installation and activation

7. 10. 2021

This article is best viewed on laptop or desktop devices.

This guide will help you install and activate Windows 10. Please make sure that your computer meets the Windows 10 hardware requirements:

  • Graphics: DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit; 32 GB for 64-bit
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM for 32-bit, 2 GB RAM for 64-bit
  • Processor: 1 GHz
Does your device currently have Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1?

Do you want to upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro?

Click here for instructions

If you have a laptop or a PC which already runs Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, or you want to reinstall your Windows 10, the process is simple – all you need is internet connection.

Creating an installation ISO file for Windows 10

  1. Download Media Creation Tool (MCT):

Download Media Creation Tool (MCT) for Windows 10

IMPORTANT: Media Creation Tool can only be used on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

  1. Open the MediaCreationTool.exe file and follow the instructions in the slideshow below:
1-create-installation-media-for-another-PC
After accepting the terms and conditions, select the Create installation media for another PC option.
2-select-language-edition-architecture
Select your language, edition, and architecture and click Next.
3-select-ISO
Select the ISO file option.
4-select-download-location
Choose a download location for the ISO file, e.g. folder “Downloads” on your PC, and click Save.
5-download-iso
Download the official Windows installation ISO file.
6-run-iso-setup.exe
Once the download is complete, open the ISO file and click setup.exe.

Note: On Windows 7, you might need to open the ISO file through a virtual DVD software, e.g Virtual CloneDrive or Daemon Tools.
 
 
 
  1. After executing the steps in the slideshow above, the Windows 10 Setup will open – go to tab Setup for detailed instructions.

Go to Setup

If you have a laptop or a PC that doesn’t have an operating system, or you want to perform a clean installation, you will need to create an installation USB. For that purpose you will need:

  • an empty USB drive of minimum 8 GB;
  • another computer with an internet connection and Windows 7 or newer.

Once you have everything ready, you can start with the installation.

Creating a bootable USB flash drive for Windows 10

  1. Insert the USB drive that you want to use as your installation media into your PC/laptop. Make sure you know which drive letter it’s been assigned (D, E, F, etc.).
  2. Download Media Creation Tool (MCT):

Download Media Creation Tool (MCT) for Windows 10

IMPORTANT: Media Creation Tool can only be used on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

  1. Open the MediaCreationTool.exe file and follow the instructions below:
 1-create-installation-media-for-another-PC
After accepting the terms and conditions, select the Create installation media for another PC option.
2-select-language-edition-architecture
Select your language, edition, and architecture and click Next.
3-select-USB
Select the USB flash drive option and click Next.
4-choose-USB-drive
Select the USB drive you’d like to use and click Next.
5-download-iso
Now the Media Creation Tool will begin converting your USB into a Windows 10 installation media. Wait for the process to be completed and then click Finish.
 
 
 
  1. After the Media Creation Tool finishes converting your USB to a bootable drive, close it and unplug the USB.
  2. Plug the USB in the device on which you want to install Windows 10 and turn the computer on.
  3. Continue with the actual Windows 10 installation.

Go to Setup


Installation not starting? Set up booting priority in BIOS

Most modern PCs and laptops will recognize the installation media immediately and will start installing Windows 10. In case the installation doesn’t start, you may have to set up device boot priority in BIOS.

Restart the computer and while it’s still loading, press ESC / F1 / F2 / F8 / F10 / F12 (the correct keyboard button is different for different devices) during the initial startup screen. A BIOS menu will appear.

Example of a BIOS menu – the BIOS Features section contains the Boot Option Priorities.

  1. Select the option to enter BIOS setup. The BIOS setup utility page will appear.
  2. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to select the BOOT tab or section. System devices appear in order of priority.
  3. To give your USB device a boot sequence priority over the main hard drive, do the following:
    • Move the hard drive device to the top of the boot sequence list.
    • Expand the hard drive device to display all hard drives.
    • Move the USB device to the top of the list of hard drives.
    • Now choose Save and exit the BIOS setup utility.
  4. The computer will restart with the changed settings and the Windows 10 Setup will automatically start – go to tab Setup for detailed instructions.

Go to Setup

After creating either an installation ISO or a bootable USB, you can start with the actual Windows 10 installation and configuration.

Installing Windows 10

Follow the instructions in the slideshow below to install Windows 10:

1-select-language-and-time
When Windows Setup starts, select the language, time and currency, and keyboard layout, then click Next.
2-install-now
Click Install now.
3-enter-product-key
In this step, Windows Setup will ask you to enter your product key. There are 2 options:
- enter the product key – the setup wizard will automatically select your Windows edition and activate it;
- skip this step – you can click “I don’t have a product key” and activate your Windows after installation.
4-select-Windows-edition
If you didn’t enter a product key in the previous step, Windows Setup will now ask you to select your edition.

IMPORTANT: select the exact name of the edition for which you have a product key, otherwise you won’t be able to activate it later.

Example:
Windows 10 Pro key + Windows 10 Pro system = successful activation
Windows 10 Pro key + Windows 10 Pro N system = failed activation
5-accept-license-terms
Accept the license terms and click Next to continue.
6-upgrade-or-clean-install
There are 2 options in this step:
- Upgrade – keeps files, apps and settings; useful when installing Windows 10 to replace another Windows version.
- Custom – performs a clean installation.

This guide uses the Custom option.
7-allocate-partitions
When doing a clean installation, you have to allocate disks for the system to use. You can separate your drive(s) in 2 or more partitions, or create a single partition. Click New to proceed.
8-partition-size
In the Size field, write how many MB you want to allocate to the partition. The number cannot exceed the maximum capacity of your drive, but it can be smaller. Click Apply to create the partition.
9-click-OK
Windows Setup will inform you that it will create its own (small) partitions – this is normal and part of the process. Click OK to continue.
10-partitions-ready
Your partitions are ready. Continue the installation by clicking Next.
11-preparing-installation
Windows Setup will now start installing Windows 10. Do not close the setup window.
12-installing-Windows-10
While installing, Windows 10 will restart several times. Wait for the black screen to go away and continue with the Windows 10 account configuration (next slideshow).
 
 
 


Configuring Windows 10

When the Windows 10 installation finishes, before being able to do anything else, you will be asked to configure your Windows account and a couple of other settings. Follow the instructions in the slideshow below to configure Windows 10 quickly and without unnecessary clutter:

1-choose-region
First, select your region.
2-choose-keyboard
Choose which keyboard layout you want to use.
3-add-secondary-keyboard
Next, you can add an additional keyboard layout, or just skip this step.
4-home-or-business-account
Select what kind of account you would like to set up – business, or home.

This guide uses the business option.
5-add-account
In this step, you can either log in with your existing Microsoft account, create a new Microsoft account, or create a local (offline) account without connection to Microsoft services.

This guide uses the Domain join option which creates an offline account (lower left corner).
6-skip-MS-account
If you select the Offline account option, the configurator will attempt to convince you to create an online account. You can skip this by selecting “Limited experience” in the lower left corner.

The experience is not really limited, it is just not as tied to Microsoft’s online services as when users sign in with a Microsoft account. You can change to an online account any time after installation from the Start menu by going to Settings → Accounts.
7-choose-name
Type a name for your account.
8-choose-password
Create a password – we recommend making it strong by adding at least some capital letters and numbers.
9-repeat-password
Type your password one more time.
10-security-questions
Select 3 security questions and type answers for them. In case of forgotten or lost password, Windows will try to identify you by your security questions.
11-choose-MS-spying-level
Select how much data you want to share with Microsoft.
12-Cortana
Choose whether you want Cortana as your digital assistant or not. Have in mind that Cortana may not be available for all regions.

You can skip this step by clicking Not now.
13-configuring
Now just wait until your Windows 10 is configured. When the system is ready to use, you will see the typical Windows login screen.
 
 
 

Note: You can change most of the configurations any time – click the Settings icon ( ) in the Start menu to access them.

IMPORTANT: After installing and configuring Windows 10, don’t forget to activate it – go to tab Activation for detailed instructions.

Go to Activation

After the installation is finished, Windows 10 must be activated within 30 days after the first login into the system. If it’s not activated, it is considered illegal and you’re putting all of your data at risk, because they’re not being protected.

Windows 10 activation is quick and easy:

  1. Click the Start menu on your desktop and choose the Settings icon:
  2. Click Update & Security and go to Activation.
  3. Click the Change product key text – a window requiring you to enter your product key will appear.
  4. Enter the product key that you received with your order and click Next.
Your Windows 10 is now activated and ready to use!

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