How to install Windows 10 – a step by step guide


Before you start make certain you have your Motherboard Disc and graphics card disc or preferably a newly downloaded driver from nVidia (or AMD).

click here for nVidia Graphics Card Driver

click here for AMD Graphics Card Driver

If you are reinstalling Windows over your existing installation, make certain you have backed up all your Data, as you may lose it all.

Find your copy of Windows 10 or simply download it from here

Place your DVD in your CD/DVD drive or USB Flash drive containing Windows 10 in a USB 2.0 port (not the Blue USB 3.0 port) and then start your computer.



When you see the logo screen for your motherboard as in the above Gigabyte Motherboard example, press F12 (with other motherboards like ASRock or MSI press F11 instead)




You should get a dialog box open, similar to the one above. Select you boot device. (if you inserted a Windows 10 DVD then select the DVDRAM option, if using a Flash drive, then select that instead.)




If you used a DVD then the above will appear, press any key to boot from the Windows 10 DVD.




When the above screen appears, change your time and currency format accordingly and then click on NEXT.








Click on SKIP or I DON”T HAVE A PRODUCT KEY (unless this is a brand NEW install of Windows 10 – otherwise Windows 10, if previously installed, will do this automatically when you are in Windows later on) see Reinstalling Windows 10 without a Product Key or Disk




Read and accept the EULA…. check the I ACCEPT THE LICENSE TERMS box and then click on NEXT




Click on CUSTOM to install a fresh copy of Windows 10 to your system.




You should now get a screen that shows your hard drives on your computer.

In the above example there seems to be 3 hard drives. In fact there are only 2 hard drives but 3 partitions.

Drive 0 is one hard drive (with 2 x partitions) and Drive 1 is also one hard drive but is currently unallocated.

Windows will install on one hard drive but puts installation files in 2 separate partitions. The first partition is hidden and usually called System Reserved which will contain some of the boot files, while the second partition (Primary) contains all the rest of the installation files necessary.

In this example we want to install a fresh copy of Windows 10 on Drive 0 and therefore firstly, we need to prepare the drive correctly.

Select DRIVE 0 PARTITION 1 and then click on DELETE (beware, you will lose all your DATA)




A warning dialog box will appear, click on OK to continue.




Now Select DRIVE 0 PARTITION 2 and then click on DELETE (beware, you will lose all your DATA)

A warning dialog box will appear again, click on OK to continue.




Now select DRIVE 0 UNALLOCATED SPACE and click on NEXT




Windows 10 will begin to copy and install the necessary files.




When complete Windows will restart. You may need to remove your flash drive or DVD, at this point,  or the installation may start over again from the very beginning.












Windows is setting up….




If you have a Microsoft Account you can fill in your details her otherwise just click on SKIP THIS STEP.




Type in your desired User name (and/or Password – optional) and then click on NEXT




When you get the Windows 10 desktop you may also get the above dialog box. Just click on YES if you want Windows 10 to discover local network devices.

If your LAN on your motherboard, or your Wireless LAN is not yet properly installed, you won;t see the above message. You will need to install the appropriate drives for your LAN or Wireless LAN.




You should now be in the Windows 10 Desktop, as above.




Left clicking on the Start Button will bring up the Metro Tiles, as above.




Left clicking on the Start Button will bring up a different menu, as above.

We recommend downloading and installing ClassicShell which will give you the same Start Button and menus as in Windows 7.



The next section is IMPORTANT – DO NOT SKIP

Motherboard & Graphics card drives must be installed!!!



Insert your Motherboard disk in the drive and wait for this dialog box to appear in the bottom right of your screen. Click on the message.




At the top right of your screen a dialog box similar to the above will appear. Click on RUN to install your motherboard drivers.



you can also download the latest drivers for your Motherboard

Click here for ASRock Motherboards

Click here for Gigabyte Motherboards

Click here for ASUS Motherboards

Click here for MSI Motherboards

In general for Intel based motherboards you will need the INF Driver, LAN driver (for internet connection), the Intel Management Engine Driver, Intel Rapid Start Driver and Realtek Audio Driver for your particular motherboard.

Then you will need to install your Graphics/Video card driver.

click here for nVidia Graphics Card Driver

click here for AMD Graphics Card Driver

How to install Windows 10 – a step by step guide