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Windows 10 - Clean Installation

These instructions will install a fresh, new copy of Windows 10 on a new or current system, without preserving user data or applications. If you are installing on a current machine, be sure to backup files you wish to retain.

Preparing Windows 10 Install Media

You will need to download the Windows 10 install file and then create a bootable DVD or flash drive.

  1. Visit the IS&T Software Grid and locate Windows 10. Then click Proceed to licensing.

    software grid

  2. Read then click proceed to license agreement
  3. Read then click I agree to and accept the terms above
    Result: The Download Windows Software page opens.

    download page

  4. Click to download Windows 10 Enterprise DVD image 32-bit or, 64-bit (ISO format)
    It is highly recommend that you install the 64-bit version of Windows 10 unless you have a specific use case for 32-bit Windows. The majority of modern computers will support 64-bit Windows.
  5. Create a bootable DVD or USB Drive with Windows 10.
    For instruction on how to create a bootable DVD or USB drive for installing Windows see the article Install Windows from a USB Flash Drive.

Doing a Clean Installation of Windows 10

  1. Insert the Windows 10 install media (DVD or flash drive). Restart your computer while holding the F12 function key.
    Result: You will see a list of Boot Options.

    #. Using the arrow keys select either CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive or, USB Storage device. Then press the Enter key.
    Result: The media will boot into the language confirmation page.

  2. Confirm your language preferences and click Next.

    Windows setup screen

  3. Click Install Now.

    Install Now

  4. Click Accept License Terms and then click Next.

    'License terms"

  5. Click Custom: Install Windows Only (Advanced).

    Installation type

  6. Select the hard drive onto which you would like to install Windows 10.

    Installation location

    If you wish to wipe the hard drive before installing Windows 10, click Drive Options: (Advanced) and follow the following instructions, otherwise skip to step 6:

    1. From the Advanced menu, select the partitions that you wish to remove and click Delete, and OK to confirm.
      Drive partitions

    2. Repeat until all desired partitions are removed.

    3. When a single "Unallocated Space" remains, then click Next.

  7. Click Next and Windows will begin its installation. This might take a few minutes. Additional restarts may occur.

    Installation progress screen

  8. Once installation of the operating system is complete, you will need to configure the system for first time use.

    Configuring devices

  9. In the next screen, select Use Express Settings to accept Microsoft's settings or Customize settings to make individual choices about what Microsoft can access.

    Settings screen

  10. In the "Sign in to your PC" screen, click Sign in without a Microsoft Account.

    Sign in screen

  11. Click on Local Account.

    Sign in options

  12. Create your local account. By default this account will have Administrator rights. Click Finish.

    User name and password screen

  13. Windows 10 is now installed.
    Windows 10 intro screen

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Last Modified:

January 05, 2022

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