How to Setup and
Install Windows 10
Via Bootable Media

Microsoft Windows 10 is a dynamic operating system that is vastly improved over other versions. It is equally usable on a laptop, tablet, or conventional desktop, with the dependability of older versions of the operating system coupled with forward-looking advancements. If you are looking to download Windows 10 and save big on your purchase, turn to the software experts at SoftwareKeep USA for the lowest prices, free-shipping, and the best customer service and support before, during, and after the sale.

Microsoft’s latest software offering comes with many sought-after improvements and you have several different options when it comes to installing the software if you have purchased the upgrade. If you are looking to perform a clean install on a new machine without a current OS or if something goes wrong with your initial installation, we have provided the following instructions to do so through a bootable disc (otherwise known as a boot drive).

The first item you will need is a USB flash drive, and you will want to create bootable USB media from ISO for Windows 10, and will have to set your computer’s settings to boot from a USB device.

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Installation 1: From ISO or USB:

Step #1:

Open the Media Creation Tool from the USB device and click “Run”

Step #2:

Click on the “Accept” button on the lower right-hand corner to accept the license terms. (This must be done to install the software, per the developer).

Dialog window with Microsoft Software license terms
Dialog window with options What do you want to do?

Step #3:

You will be presented with two clickable options. Select the option “Create installation media for another PC, and click on the “Next” button.

Dialog window with options

Step #4:

You again have two options to choose from. You can either select your language, software edition (Windows X, in this case) and either 32 or 64-bit. It is recommended that you try 64-bit first if you aren’t sure which option you should select. You can also simply check the box “Use the recommended options for this PC” and let the tool automatically configure it for you.

Step #5:

Select USB Flash Drive or ISO File. If you select USB: Wait until the file is downloaded and insert your USB device into your computer. It is important to note that this will wipe all of the existing data on your USB device, so make sure that any information that you want to keep is stored elsewhere! If you selected ISO: Wait for the file to download and insert a disc when prompted by the application.

Dialog window Choose where to save installation file

Changing BIOS to Boot from USB / CD-DVD Media Boot File

In order to start from bootable media that you have created, you might need to change your Basic Input/Output System or BIOS. Here are the steps to do so:

Step #1:

To enter your computer’s BIOS, you must first start your computer. When you are prompted, press Del, Esc, F2, F10, or F9 to enter the system’s BIOS. Usually, you will find the key to enter the BIOS on the screen.

Step #2:

Find and select the Boot Options menu.

Step #3:

Select the correct Boot Media device that you are using (USB, CD/DVD ROM drive) as the first boot device on your computer, and save the setting changes.

Step #4:

Turn your computer off.

Step #5:

Insert the USB or CD/DVD boot media.

Step #6:

Start your computer again to this time boot from the drive you selected.

Installation 2: Installing Windows 10 from Bootable Media

Step #1:

Insert the drive (USB or CD/DVD) Windows Installation Setup boot media

Step #2:

To start the setup process, you must turn on your computer.

Laptop monitor with prompt message "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD..."

Step #3:

A message prompting you to press a key to boot from the device should appear. Press a key to force your computer to use Windows Installation Setup boot media upon starting.

Step #4:

Windows Setup will load and you will see the Setup window on your screen. You will be given your Windows Setup Options and will be able to Select Your Regional Settings. This will configure your preferred language, time, currency format, and keyboard type.

Dialog window with setup options
Dialog window with Install now button

Step #5:

Click the button to “Install Now”.

Step #6:

You will be prompted to enter your Windows Product Key. If you ordered your software online, this key will typically be on your online order form or in your confirmation email after purchase. If you purchased a physical copy, the product key will be included in the packaging. Once you have located and entered the key, click Next.

Dialog window with prompt to enter Windows Product Key
Dialog window with License Terms

Step #7:

Accept the License Terms. It is recommended that you read the terms of the software license before agreeing to them. You can select the box stating “I accept the license terms” and can then click Next.

Step #8:

Select Custom Installation

Step #9:

Choose which hard drive and partition you would like to install Windows on. You can also choose to Delete All Partitions so that Windows Install will install the OS on the hard drive that you have selected. Warning: if you delete all partitions, all of the data on the hard drive (software, applications, and files) will be destroyed, so make sure to back everything up that you want to keep! Install Windows on your chosen hard drive or partition. Click the Next button and the installation should begin.

Dialog window Where do you want to install Windows?
Dialog window to personalize settings

Step #10:

You will be prompted to personalize your settings, including preferred browser, connectivity, error reporting, and security. You can choose to Customize these settings yourself, or can click Use Express Settings to customize.

Dialog window Who Owns this PC?

Step #11:

Identify who owns the device. You will be asked “Who Owns this PC?” and you can sign in with your personal or company ID (which will let you access the company’s resources, if using Windows 10 for work).

Step #12:

Use your Microsoft account to log into Windows 10. This will allow you to take advantage of Microsoft’s suite of applications (which they highly recommend) including Skype, Office, Outlook.com, OneDrive, or Xbox. Final Step: Once installation has been completed, you can remove the Windows Install media and can click Finish/Restart to restart your computer and run your new Windows 10 Operating System!

Dialog window Make it yours

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