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Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool
07-30-2015, 10:55 AM, (This post was last modified: 07-30-2015, 11:06 AM by mrtrout.)
Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool

The media creation tool can be used to upgrade your current PC to Windows 10 or to create a USB or DVD and install Windows 10 on a different PC.

Here’s a quick look at the steps to get Windows 10 installed on your PC using this tool.
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Download the tool
Run the tool
If you chose to create installation media

You can install from an ISO, a USB, or a DVD. Here's how:

Mount the ISO, and then run setup.exe from it.

If you downloaded to a USB or a DVD, run setup.exe from the USB or DVD.

Both of these options allow you to upgrade the PC if it's already running Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10.

If you want to perform a clean install on your PC, or if your PC doesn’t have an operating system, you can use the DVD or USB. Here's how:
How to perform a clean installation of Windows

If you format a drive partition during installation, any data on the partition will be erased. Be sure to back up any data you want to keep before you begin.

Turn on your PC, insert the DVD or USB flash drive, and then shut down your PC.

Restart your PC, and then press any key to boot from the DVD or USB flash drive.

If you restart your PC and your current version of Windows starts, you might have to open a boot menu or change the boot order in your PC's BIOS or UEFI settings so that your PC boots from the media. To open a boot menu or change the boot order, you'll typically need to press a combination of keys (such as F2, F12, Delete, or Esc) immediately after you turn on your PC. For instructions on changing the boot order for your PC, check the documentation that came with your PC or go to the manufacturer's website.

If changing the boot menu or order doesn't work, try again by signing into Windows, shutting down, and then starting your PC.

On the Install Windows page, enter your language and other preferences, and then select Next.

Select Install Windows.

On the Enter the product key to activate Windows page, enter your product key. The product key should be in a purchase confirmation email if you bought Windows 10. It looks like this: PRODUCT KEY: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX.

If you upgraded to Windows 10 on this PC by taking advantage of the free upgrade offer and successfully activated Windows 10 on this PC in the past, you won't have a Windows 10 product key, and you can skip the product key page by selecting the Skip button. Your PC will activate online automatically so long as the same edition of Windows 10 was successfully activated on this PC by using the free Windows 10 upgrade offer.

On the License terms page, if you accept the license terms, select I accept the license terms, and then select Next.

On the Which type of installation do you want? page, select Custom.

On the Where do you want to install Windows? page, select the partition that you want, select the formatting option you want to perform (if needed), and then follow the instructions.

When you've finished formatting, select Next.

Follow the rest of the setup instructions to finish installing Windows. : Guests cannot see links. Registration or Login is required.
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File name: windows-10.exe
Detection ratio: 0 / 55
Analysis date: 2015-07-30 00:10:19 UTC ( 9 minutes ago )
© Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Publisher Microsoft Corporation
Product Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Original name SetupPrep.exe
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File version 10.0.10240.16399 (th1.150722-1625)
Description Windows 10 Setup
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Signing date 7:56 AM 7/23/2015
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