Want to install Windows 10 on your own PC?
I’ve got you covered with the instructions, although
it’s just like installing any other version of Windows
You should not install Windows 10 on your primary PC. Use a test
computer or a virtual machine.
Step 1: Join the Windows Insider program and download the
Windows 10 ISO image
Step 2: If you are installing on a regular PC, Burn it to an optical
disk or create a bootable USB flash drive. Otherwise, just attach
the ISO image using the virtual machine software of your choice.
Step 3: Install it mostly by clicking the Next button.
For posterity, here are all of the installation steps, although you
could just remember the word “Next” and get through it fine.
When you first boot the computer you’ll see a screen like this one:
Click Next and you’ll be taken to the Install now button screen. Which obviously
you should click
At this point you can choose whether you want to upgrade Windows or install a
new custom install. Since we’re recommending that everybody install into a
virtual machine or on a test PC, you should select Custom here.
At this point you’ll need to pick where to install Windows 10. You might need to
delete or create a partition, but if you are using a virtual machine, you can just click
Once the PC reboots again, you’ll be able to select the settings like whether
Windows Updates are enabled (they aren’t allowed to be disabled in the preview).
We’d recommend just using the express settings
And now you can sign into your Microsoft account. We’d recommend using a
Microsoft account because otherwise you won’t be able to use half of the new
features and you may as well use Linux or stick with Windows 7.
If you’ve setup your account properly you’ll probably be asked to verify it in the
middle. We excluded those steps from this article, but they are pretty simple.
Now you’ll be asked how to setup the PC. Since we wanted to test everything as a
new computer, we chose to set it up as a new PC instead, but you could copy all
your settings from another computer if you wanted to.
Want to use OneDrive? It’s nicely integrated into Windows, so we just left it
And now a colorful screen that tells us things are happening.
And finally, we are at the desktop!
Now click that Start button. Click it. You know you want