How to quickly set up a new gaming PC with Windows 10

How to quickly set up a new gaming PC with Windows 10

How to quickly set up a new gaming PC with Windows 10


If you haven’t installed Windows recently, you may remember this as a frustrating ordeal. But things have changed since the days of optical drives, and installing Windows 10 is faster and smoother than using Windows 7. With a little preparation and a quick flash drive or two, you’ll have a clean OS on your new OS ready to install in less than an hour after clicking the install button.

This is the fastest way to install Windows 10 on a new gaming platform.

everything you need

A fast 16+ GB drive will make your installation easier.

Choose a pair of fast sticks

You need to install media from it, and a USB flash drive is perfect. Choose between two USB 3 styles and get the fastest. It varies during installation. It’s also smart to shoot larger sizes (at least 16 GB). While the OS files themselves don’t take up much space, there are other important uses for those free gigabytes until the installation is over. The 32GB version of our favorite flash drive (opens in a new tab) is cheap, and you can find cheaper budget drives that are still fast enough for the job.

Start with software

You don’t need to look for Windows 10 installation media or get retail products from the store; Microsoft provides a media creation tool via a free download directly from their website (Opens in a new tab) that will create an installer for you. It’s important to get a version that is compatible with your system, and have your Windows 10 product key ready as you will eventually enter it. You can buy it from the Windows Store(opens in a new tab) or Amazon(opens in a new tab), where you can get the OEM version for cheaper. If you’re not sure which edition to get, see our guide on the differences between Windows 10 Home and Pro. As HowToGeek points out, you can also sign up with a Windows 7 or Windows 8 key if you’re upgrading from an old PC.

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Select Create installation media for another computer, and then click Next. The language, version, and schema options are as follows. Pick the appropriate version for your product key and stick to the 64-bit variant unless you absolutely need 32-bit for legacy reasons.

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Choosing the right media type on the next screen isn’t as obvious as it might seem, as there are advantages to creating a USB installer directly and the more flexible Windows 10 ISO image. The flash drive method is usually the best method, but if your system has problems booting with them, there are quick alternatives using ISOs and third-party utilities such as Rufus, which provide a wider range of options for creating bootable USB media Options. The ISO version is also handy when installing Windows 10 into a virtual machine for a test drive using software like VirtualBox.

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Select the USB flash drive option and choose the additional device you will use as the installer. While the installer itself is less than 5 GB, the extra space will come in handy for the next step. Currently, the Media Creation Tool will format the flash drive, download and transfer the installer, and make the USB bootable.

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driver route

The first use of that extra space is a folder that contains all the drivers for the motherboard, graphics card, and any other components you install, as well as some utilities that can be used on any system.

Avoid using any drivers that come with your hardware, and instead download the latest version from the manufacturer. Otherwise, you may end up reinstalling them. The software that comes in the box with most hardware is often out of date before it leaves the factory.Remember, this step is mostly beyond; these tools are handy and sometimes you will Some drivers will need to be installed manually for your hardware, but Windows 10 is generally pretty good at getting everything right out of the box.

Remember, the operating system is only half the battle. You may have to wait a few weeks for your hardware drivers to catch up with Microsoft’s release. (opens in new tab)

Visit the manufacturer’s website and find the product support page for your hardware and operating system, then download all relevant files for your system. Since these may be compressed, do your future self a favor and unzip them now into a logically named folder that you will be able to read at a glance. Folders with names like APRP_Win7-8-8-1_V10028 are not very helpful.

While you should install all necessary drivers for your system, you do not need to install all available software for every component. Many manufacturers include optional, bloated versions of drivers, third-party utilities, and other extras that are not needed for operation, and occasionally cause problems. Keep your system lean by avoiding software bugs and fluff.

Check out our guide to the first program you should install on your new PC (opens in a new tab) for more advice, you can download it to your drive right now or directly when you install the operating system . We recommend bundling them all with Ninite(Opens in a new tab), which makes installing the basics on a new system very convenient.

As with Windows, there will soon be more room for drivers, utilities, and updates than for the operating system itself. All of this is at your fingertips during the initial installation process, which is one reason to prepare ahead of time.

Install Win 10

Now that your fast flash drive is full of Windows 10 goodness, it’s time to install. Don’t worry, it won’t take long. Insert the drive into the USB 3 port and restart the PC. You should see a command to select the drive to boot from, such as the Delete key. Tap it to bring up the boot menu, then select your USB flash drive from the list to load the Windows Installer tool.

Select your language, click Next, and start the installation.

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You will be prompted to enter your product key. If you want to do this later, enter it or click Skip. Remember, if you install without a product key, you will be running an inactive version of Windows and some features will be disabled until you enter it.

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Next is the installation type. You can install on an existing version of Windows and keep your settings, or use the Customize option for a fresh install. For new systems, you will choose Custom.

You’ll need to choose the target drive where Windows 10 will be installed, and there’s a set of common drive tools to help, including options to delete, format, and extend partitions. In most cases, it’s best to start with unallocated space on a raw drive and let Windows perform the partitioning during installation. After selecting the drive, click Next and Windows 10 will complete the initial installation and report progress via a status screen.

Error Description: The most common problem we encounter when installing Windows is the “We can’t create a new partition error” on an SSD or hard drive.Usually you can use a walkthrough to solve this problem this (opens in new tab)which takes you through the diskpart utility.

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After the installer completes, you’ll see the setup configuration process using Microsoft’s AI assistant, Cortana. Our tip: Mute Cortana so you don’t have to listen to it. But if you want voice guidance, you can keep the voice on.

You’ll go through several screens that ask you to set your region, keyboard layout, and Microsoft ID, which you can use to sync settings and files between Windows PCs, or ignore and create a local login just for your PC.

After setting up your login and password, you will enter the privacy settings. After the release version of Windows 10 caused many users to riot over a lack of transparency about data usage, there are now plenty of options here. My advice is to turn off all of these options unless you have a specific reason to turn them on. There is little benefit in sharing this information with Microsoft or with people in your contact list.

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After a moment of configuring applications and settings, the system will boot to the new Win 10 desktop.

Now is the time for the final step. Copy the driver folder from the USB flash drive to a local disk and take an inventory. If Windows 10 does it right, you probably don’t need drivers for an Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection. If you need or want to manually install the drivers yourself, browse your installer folder starting with your motherboard program, then other utilities and your software essentials like Chrome or Firefox and Steam. After one or two clicks and restarts, you’re done. Welcome to Windows 10!

As a precaution during wrap-up, consider backing up your new OS installation to a flash drive using the built-in Windows system imaging tool hidden in the file history controls, so the next time you install Win 10 it will take 10 minutes instead of 45.

Otherwise, you are having fun. Make sure you have the latest update from Nvidia or AMD installed, download Steam, and start queuing for some games!

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