This article will show you how to do a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro, for users who have just bought Windows 10 Pro and want to know how to install it, and for users who already have Windows 10 Pro installed, and just wish to do a fresh install.
One thing to keep in mind before doing a fresh install of any Windows operating system is that you will lose all of your data and files. So make sure you back up everything you want to keep; music, movies, files, documents, etc. You should be regularly backing up important data anyways. You can back up your data and files on a USB drive or spare hard drive. You can also back up important files on cloud services like Dropbox, OneDrive, or Google Drives if you do not mind your files being on the cloud.
If you already have Windows 10 Pro installed
If your computer already came with a copy of Windows 10 Pro, then doing a fresh install is easy.
Simply go to the Windows 10 start menu and then click on settings. Then look for the category called “update and security.”
Once you click on update and security begin looking for the button that says “recovery.” Then look for the heading that says “reset this PC,” it should be the first option you see. Click “get started.”
After clicking get started you will be presented with a bunch of options, click the one that says “remove everything.” Do not click the option “restore to factory settings” because that will reset your PC to the original operating system that was installed on the PC when you bought it; so do not click on this option unless your computer came with Windows 10 Pro.
After that click the option that says “just remove my files” (the other option, “remove files and clean drive,” should only be clicked if you intend to sell the PC).
And that is it, the computer will do the rest, and you will now have a completely fresh install of Windows 10 Pro.
If you are upgrading to Windows 10 Pro
If you are upgrading from Windows 7 or 8 then the process is a bit more complicated.
First you need to find your product key; it should either be on the copy of Windows 10 Pro Key that you purchased, or it can be found in a confirmation email sent by Microsoft.
Then get the media you want to use to install Windows 10 Pro; usually people will use a USB.
You need to boot your computer from the USB. You can do this by starting the computer with the USB plugged in, and hitting F12 during the start-up process.
Once you do that, the prompt to install Windows 10 Pro will come up, make sure you choose the option that says “custom install.”
Now this is the last real part of the installation (after this all you need to do is press a couple of buttons and tweak a few settings). You need to pick the drive you want to install Windows 10 Pro on. You will want to delete all the current partitions so that the only option you have left is called “unallocated space.” That is where you install Windows 10 Pro. Buy
And that’s it, you now know how to do a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro.