Download & Install Windows 10
If you have a Windows 10 computer that needs to have a new Windows 10 installation then below are details of downloading the operating system from the Microsoft website and installing it to your computer. This would be useful if your computer has a corrupt Windows 10 operating system and it is unable to fix the problem or boot up. This page also assumes that you don't already have a Windows 10 operating system disk or a disk image for restoring your computer. You will need another computer to create a Windows 10 DVD or USB flash drive.
Download Windows 10 from the Microsoft website
You will need to download the exact edition (version) of Windows 10 that was originally installed on your computer. This is necessary so that Windows will 'Activate' once the operating system has been installed and has been connected to the internet. The most likely edition of Windows 10 on a home computer would be 'Windows 10 Home 64-bit'.
Microsoft Media Creation Tool
To download Windows 10 from Microsoft then first click this Link
. Then click on Download Tool Now
, and this will run the Microsoft Media Creation Tool
. Accept the Microsoft Software License Terms
and then you get two options :- Upgrade this PC Now
, and Create installation media for another PC
. We will select Create installation media for another PC
so that we can create a Windows 10 DVD or USB memory stick. Next you have to enter your Language
(English etc), Edition
(Windows 10), and Architecture
(64-bit). The next screen will ask you to select which media to use, either USB flash drive
or ISO file
for burning to a DVD.
The Microsoft Media Creation Tool
does sometimes have problems detecting certain brands of USB flash drive so it is sometimes better to just save the ISO file
. It should be noted that if you want to burn the Windows 10 ISO file to a DVD then you may find that the file is actually too large for a standard DVD-R (4.7GB) disk and you would need a DVD drive capable of burning to a dual-layer DVD disk as well as a DVD-R DL (8.5GB) disk. Alternatively, you can use an 8GB USB flash drive. As Microsoft Media Creation Tool
sometimes has problems with USB flash drives then it is advisable to use a free third-party tool called Rufus
(recommended by Microsoft) to easily create a bootable USB flash drive from your saved Windows 10 ISO file.
Booting from your new Windows 10 DVD or USB flash drive
Next, you will want to get your computer, that needs a new operating system, to boot up with the new Windows 10 DVD or USB flash drive. You will have to have a look at the Boot Order
of your drives in the BIOS
. You can enter the BIOS screen by clicking on a certain key(sometimes 'DEL', 'ESC', 'F1', or 'F2' etc) as soon as you switch on the computer. You should see Boot Order
on one of the pages and be able to select CD/DVD ROM Drive
first if you want to boot from DVD or select USB
first if you want to boot from a USB flash drive. Save the BIOS settings and put the Windows 10 DVD or USB flash drive into the computer and switch the computer off and then back on and it should boot from your Windows 10 DVD or USB flash drive and install Windows.
In the picture of the BIOS Boot order above, then you have UEFI Boot Order which is enabled as well as Legacy Boot Order. If you are unable to boot from a USB Flash drive then try enabling Legacy Support and disable Secure Boot. Re-order the Legacy Boot Order with the 'USB Diskette on Key' first and then save the BIOS settings and it should boot from the USB flash drive okay. It's always a good idea to make a note of any changes that you make to the BIOS.
If you receive the error 'Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style' then you can find the solution here.
When Windows 10 has been installed then you will want to add the Device Drivers
from the official website. For example, if you have an HP computer then you would go to the HP website and look on the Support
page which will ask you for the model number of your computer and then take you to a download page for all the device drivers and software for your computer. It is easier to download the drivers (wi-fi LAN, graphics, audio etc) on another computer and put them on a USB flash drive so you can install them to the computer.
Windows 10 Activation
As long as you have installed the same version of Windows 10 that was originally on the computer then it will automatically activate
as soon as you are on the internet.