In the following tutorial, you are going to learn the best way to clean install Windows 10 (32-bit/64-bit) on your desktop PC or Laptop. Follow the step-by-step guide carefully to properly install a fresh copy of Windows 10 without errors. You can use this guide to clean install Windows 10 Fall Creators Update as well.
Clean installation of Windows 10 is the best way to start afresh on your computer. This method offers a safe way to prevent corrupt system files from getting installed on your device. So you will be able to enjoy error-free operating system for a long time. Without further ado, let’s start with the process to fresh install Windows 10 on your PC.
Backup Windows Data:
Step 1 – It is very important to backup data of the currently installed Windows operating system. This is to easily restore last working version it if anything goes wrong during the clean installation process.
Windows 10 System Requirements:
Step 2 – Next, make sure your computer meets the minimum hardware and software requirements to install Windows 10.
- CPU: Minimum 1GHz or faster
- RAM: 1GB for 32-bit and 2GB for 64-bit version
- Storage: 16GB (32-bit) / 20GB (64-bit)
- Graphics: DirectX 9 capable video card or higher
Create a Bootable Windows 10 USB Flash Drive:
Step 3 – You will need a USB flash drive with bootable Windows 10 setup files to perform a clean install. Grab any extra USB flash drive with minimum 4GB or more free space to make a bootable USB flash drive by following the instructions in this link: How To Create Bootable USB Drive for Windows 10.
Get Windows 10 Product Key:
Step 4 – If you already have access to a working Windows 10 Product Key, it will be really helpful. If not, then follow this link to learn how to find and activate Windows 10 product key. The Product key is required to activate your Windows 10 copy. This step may not be required if you are already using a Windows 10 version. But it is useful for older Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 operating systems.
Step 5 – Free upgrade from Windows 7/8/8.1 to Windows 10 is over. You can check if your copy of Windows 10 is activated by heading over to Control Panel > System and Security > System.
This is important to know because Windows product key is tied to the hardware of your computer. If you availed Microsoft’s free upgrade offer from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10, the company knows on which hardware you performed the upgrade. Once the Windows 10 is activated via free upgrade offer, you can perform as many clean installs as you like – even after completely formatting your hard drive – and it will remain activated on that same hardware.
Boot Windows 10 from the USB Flash Drive:
Step 6 – Now, insert the bootable USB flash drive to your PC and restart it. On startup, enter your computer into BIOS settings and configure it to boot from the USB flash drive. Process of entering BIOS is different for various brands. You can refer to the PC manual or visit your computer manufacturer’s website to find out more about booting from BIOS.
Clean Install Windows 10:
Step 7 – Once Windows 10 is booted from the USB flash drive, you will see a Windows 10 setup screen. All you have to do is to follow on-screen instructions as prompted and fill in the required information to complete the process.
Note: When asked to enter the product key, type in the genuine Windows 10 product key, if you have one. If you availed Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade offer, simply skip key activation step.
Activate Windows 10:
Step 8 – When the Windows 10 installation is complete, log in with your Microsoft account ID to activate your copy of the operating system. If you face any issue while activating Windows 10, open Command Prompt in administrator mode, and type this command: slmgr.vbs /ato and hit enter.
Step 9 – This activates your Windows 10 copy.
That’s all. Enjoy fresh start of Windows 10 on your PC desktop and laptop. For more assistance, drop your queries in the comments section below.
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