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How to Install Windows 10


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Sep 20, 2021
Cheyenne Mountain Complex

How to Install Windows 10

Installing Windows 10 is a significant undertaking. It's not like installing the most recent version of Office or your latest game; you might be putting your personal virtual environment at risk. There are many steps involved in doing it correctly, many different versions of Windows 10 to choose from, and some important decisions about privacy, updates, privacy, and more privacy to make.

Install Windows 10 using a USB drive

You'll need a bootable USB drive with Windows 10 on it. The instructions outline the process of downloading the correct ISO, for your PC's architecture - 32-bit or 64-bit - and formatting the USB device to use as a bootable Windows installation disk.

Install Windows 10 on your computer
Windows 10 is the latest iteration of Microsoft’s Windows operating system. It was released on July 29, 2015 and has been available for download since then. There are a few ways to install Windows 10 on your computer. One way, and it’s the safest way, is to create an installation media.

Use the Media Creation Tool to download the installation files
Head to the Microsoft website and download the Media Creation Tool. You will need a valid Windows 10 product key or a digital license for your PC. Even if you don't have one, you can still run this tool to create installation media that you will be able to install on any PC with a working DVD drive.

Create your bootable media
Create a bootable USB drive or DVD by downloading the Windows 10 installation ISO and running it through your preferred software. Some people prefer to use a CD for this, but it does require an optical drive on your system.

Enable BitLocker with your PIN, password, or recovery key
To enable BitLocker, go to Control Panel > Systems and Security > BitLocker Drive Encryption. With the Advanced Startup section of Windows 10, you can now choose how your device will startup. If you want to use a PIN instead of a password for BitLocker, click Use PIN or smart card. You'll also need to decide whether or not Windows encrypts your data automatically on this drive when installing updates.

Set Up Your User Account
Windows 10 is not just an operating system, it's an ecosystem. When you install Windows 10, Microsoft wants you to sign in with a Microsoft account (or create one!). This way your experience will be personalized and you can synchronize data across devices.

Get Updated before You Start
It is important to make sure you are updated to the latest system before you start the installation. This will make it easier for you to update your operating system.

Choose Your Speakers or Headphones
Make sure you're making the right choice of speakers or headphones. If you're using a laptop or tablet, then small speakers or earbuds might be wise. However, if your computer is sitting on the desk and you have a good set of speakers, then they'll work just fine.

Installing the Latest Updates
So how do you update Windows 10? Basically, when a new update is available for your system, it will pop up right in the corner of your screen. You'll be able to tell which updates are available by the number in a circle next to the Update icon in the notification area. Clicking on this will give you more information about what’s available and allow you to install these.

So there you have it, all the steps needed to install Windows 10. If you need any help, reach out!