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Now after putting everything together, and passing all the difficult stages, the rest is very easy. Here's how to install your operating system and get everything up and running. If you've never installed an OS before, it's not that difficult. If you have installed before, I will still suggest reading through this guide, just to make it sure.
Installing Windows on a custom machine can take extra steps compared to pre-built machines. However installing Windows 10 is faster and smoother than it was even a few years ago with Windows 7. With a bit of prep and a quick flash drive or two, you can be ready to use your PC right after you click the install button.
Pick a pair of USB-sticks
You’ll need media files to install from, and USB-drives are the perfect choices. Pick two in USB 3 and get the fastest ones if you can afford it. It makes a lot of difference during the installation process. It’s also smart to buy larger sizes, at least 16 GB. While the OS files themselves don’t take up much space, there will be other important uses for those free gigabytes before installation is over. The 32GB version can be enough, and you can find even cheaper budget drives that are still plenty fast for the job.
Start with software
You don’t need to find a Windows 10 installation file or a retail product from a store. Microsoft offers a media creation tool free to download directly from their website, which creates an installer for you. Grab the version compatible with your system and, have your Win10 product key ready, as you’ll be entering it. You can buy that from the Windows store or from Amazon, where you can get a cheaper OEM version.
Select after you have done everything , “Create installation media for another PC” and click “Next.” Language, edition and architecture options will follow. Pick the appropriate edition for your product key and stick with 64-bit variants unless you absolutely require 32-bit for legacy reasons. Some games, such as Cities: Skylines, require 64-bit Windows versions to run while others need more than the 4 GB of memory allowed on 32-bit versions of Windows. So this is up to you.
Picking the right media type on the next screen is less obvious than it seems, as there are choices to both direct USB installer creation and the more flexible Win10 ISO images. The flash drive method is usually the best way to go, but if your system has problems booting with them, there are speedy alternatives using the ISO.
Select the USB flash drive option and pick the attached device you’ll be using as the installer. The installer itself is less than 5 GB, the extra space will come in handy for the next step. For now, the media creation tool will format the flash drive, download and transfer the installer, and make the USB bootable.
The first use for the space is a folder housing all the drivers for the motherboard, graphics card and all the other components you have installed, along with a few choice utilities to keep. Download the newest Driver versions instead of the ones you get from the manufacturer. The software that comes inside the box on most of the hardware is usually outdated.
Go to the manufacturer’s website and find the product support page for your hardware and operating system, then download all relevant files for your system. Named the folders logically so you are able to read them in the future.
While you should install all the necessary drivers for your system, you don’t need to install all the software available for every component. Many manufacturers include optional versions of their drivers, third-party utilities and other extras that aren’t required for operation and occasionally cause trouble.
Installing Win 10
Now after your flash drive is full of Win 10 software’s, it’s time for the installation process. Don’t worry, it won’t take a long time. Just plug the drive into a USB port, it would be faster if you put it in a USB 3 port, and restart your rig into BIOS. Check to make sure you’ve got the latest BIOS version and the target drive is recognized and ready for OS installation. Since the latest BIOS is already downloaded and uncompressed on the flash drive, this should be a piece of cake. When you’re done, restart and the system will boot into the Win 10 installer. Select your language, click Next, and start the installation.
At this point you’ll be asked for a Product Key. Enter it or click Skip if you prefer to do this later. You are running an inactivated version of Windows if you install without the product key, and some features will be disabled until you enter it.
Next up is installation type. You can either install over an existing version of windows and keep your settings, or go for a clean install with the Custom option. For a new system you’ll be picking Custom.
You’ll need to pick the target drive where Windows 10 will be installed, including deleting, formatting and extended partition options. It is best to start with unallocated space on a bare drive and let Windows perform the partitioning during installation.
Once you’ve selected the drive, click Next and Win10 will finish the initial installation, reporting progress via the status screen.
Once the installer is finished, pick Customize settings, since there’s plenty here you’ll want to know about, including a lot of options Microsoft leaves on by default. It’s a good idea to review these, even if you intend to leave them on. After a few moments configuring apps and settings, the system will boot to the new Win 10 desktop.
Now it’s time for the final step. Copy the driver folder from the USB flash drive to your local disk and start installing your drivers. Begin with the motherboard’s chipset and prioritize other low-level, high-function software such as graphics cards and storage controller drivers. After some clicking and a reboot or two, you’ll be done. Otherwise, you're good to game. Make sure you've got the latest updates from Nvidia or AMD, also download Steam, and start queuing up some games!