Installing Windows 10 Home or Pro is easy to do. You only need a Windows 10 disc or better yet, a flash drive, and with or without a product key, depending on the if it’s new machine or one that has Windows 10 on it before. To install Windows 10 Setup on a flash drive you can use Rufus to install it.

In this post I using a Windows 10 flash drive and no product key.

Installing:

Place the disc or the flash drive and make sure it boot first, either by the bios or, if the machine has nothing on it, it will boot first automatically.   The first thing you should see is this.  Take the default or you can change it, and then click on ‘Next’.

Language and other Settings
Language and other Settings

 

After clicking on Next, the next page is Install Now.  Click on ‘Install Now’.

Install now
Install now

 

Then is ‘Setting is starting’ page.

Setup is starting
Setup is starting

 

Next it will asks you for the product key to Activate Windows.  Either type in it if you have one and click ‘Next’.  If you have it and type it in, you don’t see the below page and skip the below paragraph.

Or if you don’t have one, like me in this post, click on ‘I don’t have a product key’.  The next page is  ‘Select the operating system’.  I clicked on Windows 10 Home (you can pick either one) and then ‘Next’.

Select your type of Windows - Home or Pro
Select your type of Windows – Home or Pro

 

Next is the Microsoft Software License Terms.  Check the ‘I accept the license terms’ and then ‘Next’.

Microsoft Software License Agreement
Microsoft Software License Agreement

 

Next is the ‘Which type of installation do you want’ page.  Click on Custom.

Upgrade or Custom Installation
Upgrade or Custom Installation

 

Then it will ask you where do you want to install Windows.  I clicked the whole partition and then clicked ‘Next’.  But you can pick what you partition size by click on ‘New’ and selecting the size.  Or you are reinstalling Windows 10 first click on ‘Delete’ to the remaining partitions to they are all gone, and then click on ‘New’ or ‘Next’.

Where do you want to Install Windows
Where do you want to Install Windows

 

Finally installing Windows 10.

Installing Windows
Installing Windows

 

It reboots after installing.

Setting up:

After it reboots the first time it first gets the devices ready page…

Getting devices ready
Getting devices ready

 

…then ‘Getting ready’.

Getting ready
Getting ready

 

Then it rebooted again.

Configuring:

If you have wifi card it will ask you to configure it.   You can skip it by click on ‘Skip this step’ on the bottom left or you can configure it.  And if the computers also hard wired, you should skip it because two connection to the router will messed it up.

Wireless Points
Wireless Points

 

I selected mine and type the passphrase.  Then clicked ‘Next’.

 

Joining a Wireless
Joining a Wireless

 

After that ‘Get going fast’ page shows up.  Click on ‘Use Express settings’.

Get going fast
Get going fast

 

After a few moments of ‘Just a moment…’ it will show ‘Getting critical updates’ and then it reboot again.

Getting critical updates
Getting critical updates

 

After rebooting it will ask you to sign in with your Microsoft account, unless not connected to the Internet.   It will skip it.

Joining with a Microsoft account
Joining with a Microsoft account

 

I clicked on ‘Skip this step’ and then the next page ask you to type in your username and optional password.   I typed in ‘Jeff’ as my username and my favorite cat name in the password and ‘cat’ in the password hint, and clicking on ‘Next’.

Jeff's account without a Microsoft account
Jeff’s account without a Microsoft account

 

It will again ‘Just in a moment’ and then it several pages will come up, including ‘Getting everthing ready for you’.

Getting everything ready for you
Getting everything ready for you

 

Finally Windows 10 is came up (Yeah!) but one of more configuation settings asking do you want the network be discoverable or not.  I clicked on ‘Yes’.

Network - to be discoverable or not
Network – to be discoverable or not

 

Then Windows 10 is ready 🙂

You installed Windows 10!
You installed Windows 10!

 

Note:  I normally boot once before I do anything else, and then check for and download Updates by click on Settings and Update & Security.

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