You may need to reinstall Windows 10 for a variety of reasons You may have malware that you can not repair. Whatever the reason, it is quite possible and not too difficult. Here you will find all methods for reinstalling Windows 10!
Before We Begin
Before you start reinstalling Windows, you should first do some things. Depending on the damage level, you may not be able to do all of this, but we will recommend it anyway:
- Back Up Your Data – A complete system deletion is performed from all apps and files on your PC. You should try to backup everything to a flash drive or external hard drive if possible.
- Associate your Windows 10 product key with your Microsoft account. – Microsoft uses this as a kind of verification method. You may not be able to enable Windows 10 if you do not.
- Take some time – It takes a while to reinstall (or reset) an entire operating system. Make sure you do not try this at bedtime or during lunch break at work.
To associate your Windows 10 product key with your Microsoft account:
- Open Settings Click Click Update & Security and then Activation . Make sure your current copy of Windows is enabled.
- Next, open the settings and navigate to Accounts and then to You Info . Select the option to sign in with your Microsoft account. Follow the process until you are logged in to your Microsoft account.
- Return to Update & Security and click Activation . The menu should show that your license is linked to your Microsoft account. Restart your PC if it is not displayed immediately.
Okay, we are ready to reinstall Windows 10!
Method 1 – Reset OS
Resetting the operating system works the same as resetting a factory phone. It removes everything except the base OS components and restarts them as if you were installing Windows for the first time. In many cases, this is easier, faster, and safer than reinstalling Windows 10. How To:
- Open Settings and navigate to Update & Security . Click Recovery on the left margin.
- The first option above should be to reset this PC .
- Click . button. The operating system gives you the ability to reset everything completely to remove everything, or a soft reset that allows you to keep your files. Select the desired option.
- Continue to follow the instructions until the system begins to reset.
When the process completes, the computer turns on for the first time. This will uninstall all your apps, reset you to the default version of Windows 10, and fix many issues. You do not always have to perform a full reinstallation.
Method 2 – After Recovery
Sometimes the damage is so big that you can not get into the operating system. Do not worry, there are still many things you can do. The simplest and fastest method is to reset the PC, but this time using the recovery options.
- Windows 10 should start immediately in Advanced Boot Options if it fails to start otherwise. Otherwise, you should be able to do this if Windows just can not start. If you can start Windows, continue with Method 1 above.
- In the advanced startup options you should be able to reset your PC exactly as you did in Method 1. Simply select it from the list of options and follow the instructions as usual.
The first and second methods are hard-reset but not technical installations. However, as a first step in troubleshooting, you are strongly recommended because you do not have to reinstall Windows 10 and lose all data.
Method 3 – Reinstall Windows 10 with a recovery drive
Okay, you can not reset your PC , Now we are ready for more hardcore options, such as an actual reinstallation of Windows 10. The first step here is to find a flash drive or other medium that can be used to start Windows 10. You will undoubtedly need another PC for it if your current one is out of order, so let's get that out of the way first.
Creating your own recovery drive
You need a flash drive and a working Windows PC. Then follow these steps:
- Connect the USB drive to the working Windows 10 PC.
- Click the Start button (the Windows key) and enter "Create a recovery drive". Select the option if it appears in the search results.
- A window opens. Make sure that the option Back up system files to the recovery drive is enabled and click Next.
- Select the USB drive from the list of options and click the Create button.
- After a while, you have a recovery drive. Here is the tutorial from Microsoft if you need further explanation.
Reinstall Windows 10 from a recovery drive.
- Connect the recovery drive to the computer you want to repair] ESC button to enter your boot menu. Select the USB flash drive with your recovery drive. Please note that your computer may use a button other than ESC as the start button.
- When you start, select your keyboard layout to access the recovery menu.
- Select First fix and then restore from a drive . Follow the instructions to start the recovery.
- This method is basically a hard reset. You lose all your apps and files.
After all, your computer should work as if it had been reset to factory settings. You load Windows 10 for the first time, log in to your Microsoft account, and begin restoring your apps and files if you've backed up them.
Method 4 – Using an Installation Drive
This is probably the hardest way to reinstall Windows 10 and the only one we recommend if you want a complete wipe hen. The C drive will be completely cleaned and you will be released from the bone foundation. You will need to download some drivers again, along with any software to control the fan speed or keyboard backlight. Make sure you back up files because you will not get them back.
Okay, here's how you do it. You need at least a working PC and a flash drive.
Create or Obtain an Installation Drive
- Download the Microsoft Media Creation Tool by clicking here. You should also plug in your flash drive and make sure it's bigger than 8GB.
- Run the Media Creation Tool with Administrator privileges.
- Follow the instructions until you are asked if you want to upgrade your PC or create installation media. Choose if you want to create installation media.
- Follow the prompts until you are asked if you want to use an ISO or flash drive. We recommend a flash drive, but you can choose an ISO instead if you want to burn a DVD.
- Continue to follow the instructions, and the tool will create the installation drive for you. It will take some time, so grab a snack while you wait. Once you're done, you have a Windows 10 installation drive.
- Alternatively, you can buy a DVD copy or a USB copy from Amazon. They are expensive, however.
Use the installation drive to reinstall Windows 10.
There are several different methods. The best ones depend on whether your computer starts or not. If it boots, do the following:
- Open your file browser, navigate to the flash drive, and double-click (or right-click and select Open) the setup file .
- Follow the instructions as normal. During the setup process, updates will be found and your PC will be ready for installation.
- At some point you will be asked if you want to keep or replace certain files. Click the Modify button to activate the prompt to preserve your apps and files, just your files, or delete everything.
- Confirm your selection and you're ready to go. Your PC will be restarted several times during the installation.
If your computer does not start, follow these steps:
- Turn on your computer and press the ESC key to bring up the Start menu. Maybe your laptop or PC will use a different key.
- Alternatively, you can boot your BIOS by pressing DEL while booting, and then selecting whether you want to boot from USB or DVD. Your computer or laptop may use a different key to start the BIOS.
- Boot from your installation media (USB or DVD) via the BIOS or the Start menu.
- A Windows setup screen should be displayed. Select Language, Time Format, and Keyboard Layout, and then click Next .
- In the next screen, you must enter your product key. Laptop owners will find this on the sticker on the bottom of their device. Desktop owners need to find their key. You can skip this step and enter it later if you do not have it right now. Click skip or Next as needed. Accept the license terms on the next screen and click Next .
- You can now choose between Upgrade and Custom to install Windows 10. Upgrading Your Files, Apps, and other data will be restored when you reinstall Windows 10. A custom installation completely cleans up your computer and starts from scratch. Select the desired one.
- Continue to follow the instructions. The upgrade installation is pretty self-explanatory. Custom installation is a bit more complicated. Click here for a screen-by-screen tutorial from Microsoft.
Your computer should be restarted several times during the process, and Windows 10 should start. Continue with the setup as usual.