Microsoft launched it most awaited Windows 10 today. For limited time, Microsoft announced that anyone running incensed copy of windows 7, windows 8 or 8.1 can freely upgrade to Windows 10 from their PC easily.
How To Download and Install Windows 10 without using Windows Update ?
If do not want to use windows update to upgrade your OS to windows 10, you can download another tool that will guide you to upgrade. If you’re running a 32-bit copy of Windows, download the tool from here. If you’re running a 64-bit copy of Windows, download the tool from here.
You should see the following after downloading and launching the tool:
Hit the Next button and Windows 10 will start to download, which may take a while if you’re on a slow connection.
The verification of the download should be quick.
The Windows 10 installer is now being put together.
Now the Windows 10 installer is being loaded.
The Windows 10 installer will do a few checks.
Make sure to hit “Accept” on this screen or you’ll have to do it all again.
This part was automatic for me, but either way you’ll be given the choice again later.
Microsoft still needs to check if there are updates you may need before the installation.
And again, a few more checks.
Finally, the preparation is complete.
You can change what the Windows 10 installer will keep, but be warned that if you hit “Back” you’ll have to go through the updates and checks again.
You can continue clicking next to upgrade your windows. (via – venturebeat)
How To Download And Install Windows 10 From CD or Flash Drive ?
Here’s what you need to do: (Guide by Lifehacker)
- Back up all your data first! Doing a clean install erases everything on your hard drive—apps, documents, everything. So, we do not recommend continuing until you have backed up any and all of your data.
- If you bought a copy of Windows 10, you will have a license key in the box or in your email. Grab this license key and have it on hand.
If you were previously a Windows 7 or 8 user, you are eligible for a free upgrade. However, according to Microsoft, you have to upgrade an existing computer to do so. So, even if you want to do a clean install, wait for the Windows 10 update to hit your computer, then install the upgrade first. It feels like a waste of time, but it’s the only way to ensure you you get your free license. Once you’ve done so, you won’t need a key—Windows will just “know” your computer from then on, even if you erase the drive. Just skip any prompts for license keys, and after installing Windows 10 it should activate itself automatically.
- Once you’ve either got your license key or installed the free Windows 10 upgrade, head to this page and download Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool. Launch it when it finishes downloading.
- Select the “Create installation media for another PC” option and click Next (even if you’re using the computer on which you’re installing Windows 10).
- Choose your language and edition of Windows. If you bought Windows 10, it’ll say which edition you have on the box or in your email. If you upgraded from Windows 7 or 8, you can check which version you have under Control Panel > System and Security > System.
- Choose what kind of media you want to create. We recommend using a USB flash drive.
- The Media Creation Tool will download and burn the installation files for you. When it’s done, restart your computer, keeping your flash drive plugged in.
- Boot from your flash drive. You can usually do this by pressing F12 (or a similar key) at startup, then choosing your flash drive from the list that appears.
- You should be greeted with the Windows 10 installer. Follow the initial prompts and, when given the option, choose “Custom: Install Windows Only”.
- Select the hard drive you want to install Windows 10 on. If you aren’t sure which drive or partition it is, look for the largest one, or the one that says “Primary” in the right column—that’s probably it (but make extra sure before continuing, because you will erase that hard drive!)
- Click the “Format” button. (If the Format button is grayed out, click “Delete”, then click “New”.) Press Next to install Windows on that drive.
- Allow the installation wizard to guide you through the rest of the process.