Warning: All files on the drive you plan to install Windows to will be deleted if you follow this guide - this is intended. Please ensure you have an adequate backup policy in place before proceeding if you have files of value.
Using a USB flash drive at least 8 gigabytes in size, create a bootable USB flash drive using the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft. This will also wipe any data stored on the USB flash drive.
It is best to disconnect all storage disks except from the main (C Drive) disk from the computer before installing Windows 10.
Boot into your USB that has the Windows 10 Media on it.
- You can do this by entering your systems’ BIOS and change the BIOS boot order to have USB media as the first priority (this can usually be found under the boot tab), or simply look for the words “boot menu” when you see your BIOS boot screen, press the corresponding function key and choose the USB flash drive to boot from it.
Follow the steps on screen to install Windows 10.
Click Install now
Continue on until you hit the license key screen. Here you can either enter your license code or, if Windows has been installed to this computer before, click on the “I don’t have a product key” link.
Continue on until you hit the “Which type of installation do you want?” screen. Click “Custom”.
Click on each partition of the target drive and select delete. Each means ALL But do you mean ALL? Yes, All. Once all the partitions are gone you will be left with unallocated space. At this point click next.
Error: Windows cannot be installed on this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table.
If you receive an error about your disk being MBR like this:
Shift+F10to open CMD and follow below.
diskpart list disk
Make note of the disk you want to install to from the step above.
sel disk # convert gpt clean
Windows will now install. When it finishes it will automatically restart your machine, when your screen goes black pull out your installation USB drive.
Once the machine finishes restarting you will be facing the setup screen. Configure as you wish.
You have successfully installed Windows 10.