Windows 10 launched yesterday, but because Microsoft is releasing its new OS in batches, not everyone can get it right away. Furthermore, some users are having trouble with Windows Update, thankfully, there’s a simple workaround.
What you will need
- A genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1
- Microsoft’s Windows 10 Media Creation Tool
- An Internet connection.
How to install Windows 10
Step 1: Head to Microsoft’s new Windows 10 download page and click on the link for the 64-bit version. Only use 32-bit if your computer doesn’t have a 64-bit processor. There’s no need to save the file – just choose the Run option.
Step 2: You will see two options: Upgrade now, or create installation media. Assuming you’re trying to upgrade the PC you’re running the tool on, choose Upgrade this PC now. The reason for this is that you can’t do a clean install straight away as part of the free update.
Step 3: Now Windows 10 will start downloading from scratch.
Step 3: If you would rather create a bootable USB or DVD to install Windows 10 on another computer, or multiple PCs, choose that option. This is a new and easier way to install Windows than dealing with ISO images, as the download tool is an all-in-one utility that will do everything for you. All you need is at least a 4GB USB drive (or single-layer writable DVD). It can also convert the downloaded files to an ISO if that’s what you want. You can choose the language, and even to create a bootable drive or disc with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
Step 4: Accept the licence terms when prompted, and the installer will then check your PC for compatibility with Windows 10, that it has enough free space and will download updates. You will not need an activation key for Windows 10 if you are upgrading from an eligible version of Windows 7 or 8.1.
Step 5: When prompted, click to install Windows 10 and your machine will reboot. You’ll see a Windows logo, followed by a language selection. Windows 10 will then install automatically, keeping all your programs (apart from antivirus), files and settings. However, as we said at the start, it’s worth backing up anything you can’t afford to lose first.
Step 6: When you finally get to the Windows 10 desktop, allow a bit of time for Windows 10 search for drivers in the background for your hardware. If need be, just update the necessary drivers.
Still, it’s worth heading to Device Manager and checking that all drivers are installed, especially for the system chipset. If you can’t find Windows 10 drivers from your motherboard manufacturer, Windows 7 or 8 drivers may work.
Before long you should be back at your Windows desktop, as if nothing has changed. But a lot has: You now have Windows 10!