Thursday, August 13, 2015

Windows 10: Installation

In this article, we are going to look at a clean install of Windows 10. This process is pretty much the same as all the other installations of Windows and Windows Server since Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Almost all of the screens look exactly the same as those in previous versions.

To clean install Windows, start by booting your computer with your installation media. Windows Setup will begin and one of the first screen you should see is one where you are required to choose your regional settings. Once done click Next.


Press Install now to start installing Windows. Please note on this screen you also have the option to Repair your computer. We're not going to be covering the latter option in this article.


When asked for your product key, enter your product key. This screen will not appear if your installation media has a product key incorporate in it, for example if using the Enterprise installation of Windows.

If you previously upgraded this computer to Windows 10 during Microsoft's free upgrade period for Windows 10, you can press Skip. When Windows is installed, it will activate automatically.


Before you can continue, you must accept the Microsoft Software License Terms.


If you are preforming a clean install of Windows, select Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).


Select the hard drive and volume you want to install Windows on. In our example we only have one hard drive where 100% of the space is unallocated. If we selected this drive, Windows will automatically create all the volumes we need to install Windows. If there are existing volumes on your computer, you may want to delete all of them first in order to perform a clean install.


After pressing Next, Windows will now install.


Your computer may restart a few times during the installation process.


Once the installation process for Windows 10 is completed, you will be presented what Microsoft calls the out-of-box experience (OOBE).

The start of the Windows 10 out-of-box experience (OOBE).

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