How to install Windows 10

windows XPThis article describes how to install Windows 10 and create a local admin user account. Note that the first step involves using an install disk, but many workstations copy the install files from a hidden partition (e.g. HP workstations typically use F11 key on start up).

Boot to install disk

Start by booting to the Windows 10 Pro installation DVD.

  1. On the Windows Setup screen select the following items.
    1. Language to install: English (United States)
    2. Time and currency format: English (United Kingdom)
    3. Keyboard or input method: United Kingdom
    4. Click Next.
  2. Click the Install now button.
  3. Select the operating system you want to install (e.g. Windows 10 Pro).
  4. Check the I accept the license terms checkbox.
  5. Click the Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) box.
  6. Select the hard drive where Windows is to be installed.
  7. Click Next.

The installation files will now be copied from the DVD to the hard drive (typically takes up to 10 mins).

Installation Wizard

After the install files have been copied your workstation will repower a few times and you will eventually get to the installation wizard screen. The following are my preferred settings, but you of course free to change these to suit your circumstances.

  1. Start by choosing your region (e.g United Kingdom) and click Yes.
  2. Select your keyboard layout (e.g. UK)
  3. Click the Skip button to refrain from adding a second keyboard layout.

The workstation will reboot...

  1. Choose the Set up for personal use button.
  2. Click the Offline account link.
  3. Click No to the Sign in with Microsoft Instead? screen.
  4. Enter a full Name for the main user account (e.g. localadmin).
  5. Enter a Password.
  6. Confirm the password.
  7. You now have 3 security questions that Microsoft requires you to create. You can enter anything you like here. Importantly you should make a secure note of your Local Administrator password.
  8. On the Make Cortana your personal assistant page, click Decline.
  9. On the Do more across devices with activity history page, click No.
  10. On the Do more with your voice page, click Don't use online speech recognition, and Accept.
  11. On the Let Microsoft and apps use your location page, click No.
  12. On the Find my device page, click No.
  13. On the Send diagnostic data to Microsoft page, click Basic.
  14. On the Improve inking & typing page, click No.
  15. On the Get tailored experiences with diagnostic data page, click No.
  16. On the Let apps use advertising ID page, click No.

Windows will now create your local user account and log you on.

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