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How to Install Windows 10 on a New Hard Drive with Screenshots

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Introduction

This guide demos how to install Windows 10 on a new hard drive with pictures. It provides a complete step-by-step you need to install Windows 10 on a new hard drive from a DVD.

Steps to Install Windows 10 on a New Hard Drive

Here are the high-level steps covered in this guide:

  1. Get what you need to Install Windows 10
  2. Create a Windows 10 Installation DVD
  3. Confirm that your PC meets then requirements to Install Windows 10
  4. Determine Windows 10 Edition you want to Install
  5. Purchase a valid Windows 10 Product Licence Key
  6. Configure Boot Sequence to Boot from CD
  7. Perform Windows 10 Install on a New Hard Drive
  8. Complete Windows 10 Post Install
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1
Get what you need to Install Windows 10 on a New Hard Drive

To install Windows 10 on a hard drive you need the following:

  1. Window 10 DVD
  2. Valid Windows 10 key (Home, Pro or Enterprise)
  3. A PC that meets the Windows 10 installation requirements (See Step 3 below)

2
Create a Windows 10 Installation DVD

The first step to install Windows 10 on a new hard drive is to create a Windows 10 DVD.

If you already have a Windows 10 installation DVD proceed to the next step.

If you need to create an installation DVD, here are the steps:

Burn windows 10 19h2 ISO to DVD

If you are installing to a virtual machine (VM) connect the ISO image directly to the VM and perform the installation – no need to burn to DVD.

3
Confirm that Your PC Meets Requirements to Install Windows 10 on a New Hard Drive

If you attempt to install Windows 10 on a PC that do not meet the minimum installation requirement, the installation is likely to fail.

To ensure your PC meets the requirement review the following information.

Below are the Windows 10 minimum installation requirements:

  1. Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
  2. RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit Windows 10 or 2 GB for 64-bits
  3. Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
  4. Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  5. Display: 800×600

Here are my recommended requirements for maximum performance:

  1. Processor: 2.5 GHz Dual Core minimum (faster processor is better)
  2. RAM: 4 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 8 GB for 64-bit
  3. Hard disk space: 320 GB (or more)
  4. Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver (Any modern graphics card should do)
  5. Display: 1920X1080 (Full HD)

4
Determine Windows 10 Edition You Need to Install Windows 10 on a New Hard Drive

The table below list the core features offered by Home and Pro editions of Windows 10.

Based on the features in each edition, determine the edition that meets your needs.

You need this information to determine the Windows 10 licence you will purchase in the next section.

FeaturesHome EditionPro Edition
Maximum RAM4 GB on IA-32,
128 GB on x86-64
4 GB on IA-32
2 TB (2048 GB) on x86-64
Family Safety and Parental ControlsX
Microsoft Edge
Mobile device management
Microsoft Store suggestions
Windows Subsystem for LinuxAvailable in 64-bitsAvailable in 64-bits
Hyper-V XAvailable in 64-bits
BitLockerX
AppLockerXX
Windows Information ProtectionX

The edition comparison table above is for none business users. If you are learning how to install Windows 10 for business use, click Compare Windows 10 editions.

Also, for the table above, I included the features that I believe is required by most users. For the full feature comparison, click Windows 10 editions.

If you are leaning how to install Windows 10 for home use, I recommend you go for Home Edition but if you need more RAM, Hyper-V or BitLocker, Window 10 Pro is usually okay for most users.
If you need Family Safety and Parental Controls, then you MUST install Windows 10 Home. This is the only edition that supports this feature.

5
Purchase a valid Windows 10 Product Licence Key

Now that you have made a choice what edition of Windows 10 to install, the next step in how to install Windows 10 to a new hard drive is to purchase a license.

What determines your edition is the license key you use. So, ensure you buy the right license key for the edition you want to install

You can buy Widows 10 license keys directly from Microsoft. The links below will take you to the Microsoft pages where you can buy Windows 10 Pro and Home respectively.

6
Configure Boot Sequence to Boot from CD or DVD

When your PC boots it locates Operating System boot files in available boot media on the computer. The boot sequence on the computer BIOS determines the first place the PC looks for boot files.

To install Windows 10 to a new hard drive, modify your computers boot sequence to boot from CD.

Here are the steps:

  • Press the power button to start your PC
  • Most PCs will splash a screen with a key to press to boot to BIOS. This normally happens very quickly so you need to press the function key fast enough…
The function key to boot PCs to BIOS differ from one manufacturer to another. For a list of keys for common PC manufacturers click this link – BIOS Keys by Manufacturer.
  • When your PC boots to BIOS, locate the setup to modify boot sequence. Then change it to boot from CD or DVD.

The image below is for illustration purposes only. It is a boot sequence configuration for a Hyper-V virtual machine.

  • Save the changes and exit BIOS

7
Install Windows 10 on a New Hard Drive

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Now you are ready to install Windows 10 on a new hard drive!

Here are the detailed steps:

  • Press the power button to boot your PC.
  • Your PC will display this screen. Press any key to boot from the DVD.
how to install windows 10 - Splash screen "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD..."
  • Then at the first screen of Windows 10 installation, click Next.
how to install windows 10 - Select Language, Time & Currency and Keyboard to Install
  • At the install screen, click Install now.
how to install windows 10 - click Install to begin windows 10 installation ).png
  • When Activate Windows screen loads, type your product key and click Next.
If you do not provide a valid product key, you have up to 180 days to evaluate Windows 10 – then you will be required to register a product key.
  • At Applicable notices and licence terms screen, check I accept the licence terms. Then click Next.
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  • Then select Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).
  • Then select the hard drive you wish to install the OS and click Next.
  • Wait for the installation to complete the first steps to install Windows 10 to a new hard drive. This step will take a while.
  • When the installation steps are completed, your PC will display a restart notification countdown. To restart immediately, click Restart now. See the second image below.
  • The restart will take a while. Then your PC will display the following screens. It may stay on the Getting ready screen for a while.
  • After the Getting ready screen, your PC will restart again..

8
Complete the Final Steps to Install Windows 10 on a New Hard Drive

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When your computer restarts, follow these steps to complete the final steps to install Windows 10 on a hard drive:

  • Check that your region is correct. Then click Yes to continue. Otherwise, select your region and click Yes.
  • Then confirm that your keyboard is correct and click Yes. Or select a new keyboard.
how to Install Windows 10 - confirm keyboard layout
  • At the option to add a second keyboard, to add a new keyboard click Add layout. Otherwise, click Skip.
how to Install Windows 10 - skip adding additional keyboards
  • Then wait for the next screen to load…
how to Install Windows 10 - wait for the installer to complete this stage
  • The installer will begin configuring some additional setups.
  • Then you will be offered the option to choose whether you are installing Windows for personal use or for a company. Select an option and click Next. For this demo, I will select Setup for personal use.
  • At the Sign in with Microsoft screen, enter your Microsoft account. Then click Next.
You can sign in with a Skype, Outlook.com, Live, Xbox or any other Microsoft account. If you prefer to sign in with a local account, click Offline account. Then follow the steps to create a local user account.
  • Then type the password for your Microsoft account and click Next.
  • On the Create a PIN screen, click Create PIN.
  • Then enter a 4-digit PIN and click OK.
install windows 10 on a new hard drive
  • If you require this service configure it. Otherwise, click Do it later.
install windows 10 on a new hard drive
  • Then, on the Back up your files with OneDrive screen click Only save files to this PC.
install windows 10 on a new hard drive
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  • Finally, on the next set of screens, configure various privacy options including Cortana. For most of the screens, select an option then click Yes or No…or Accept or Decline…
  • After making your selections, the installer will perform some final configurations…Then you will be automatically signed in.
install windows 10 on a new hard drive

Conclusion

You have just install Windows 10 on a new hard drive! If you have any question, comment or feedback use the “Leave a Reply” form at the end of this page.

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