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The process of installing the Windows operating system software onto a physical or virtual machine.

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Windows 10 clean install - how to get product key [duplicate]

I have a computer that was builtin with Windows 8 and subsequently it got updated to Windows 10. I am trying to do a clean install of Windows 10 on this computer, but wondering how can I activate ...
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USB Windows 11 for TPM/SB created on non-TPM/SB system

What option is needed to install Windows 11 to a live persistent USB on a non-TPM/Secure Boot system, if the USB will be used on a TPM/Secure Boot system. I assume it is the Standard with TPM & ...
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Windows 10 won't install with dual boot on NVMe SSD

I recently bouth a new PC with a Samsung 980 SSD NVMe. I installed there Ubuntu 20.04 without any problem, but when I try to install Windows 10, it won't let me. When I boot from the USB and the ...
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Cannot install Windows 10 on a very old laptop: CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED

I have a very old laptop (based on Intel Core 2 Duo T5450) which came with Windows Vista which works on it just fine. It has 3 GB of RAM, plenty of free space and otherwise 100% functional. I'm unable ...
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Windows 11 installation error 0x80070570

I recently bought an HP Pavilion bb0501 with windows 11 preinstalled, so I decided to do a clean install of windows 11 to remove the bloatware that new laptops always contain. I downloaded the iso and ...
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How to deploy Windows Image to different Computers(different hardware)

I install and reinstall windows all day. I clone to expediate the process, if the hardware allows it, but would really save a lot of time if I could just restore a windows image with all the apps ...
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Unable to install Windows 11 on NVMe Drive

I'm trying to install Windows. So, when I boot into the Windows installer, and try to select my empty (953.9GB free of 953.9GB storage) NVMe SSD, I get this error: not enough space: If I try to ...
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My PC gets a blue screen when booting Windows installation Wizard through a bootable USB

I finished building my first ever PC build about 5 days ago now and since then, I've not been able to boot a Windows bootable USB to install Windows 10 without getting a blue screen in a matter of ...
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How to direct Windows Setup where to install the bootloader files?

I want to setup multiple Windows installations on separate hard drives/SSDs. I have an internal SATA dock on my system as well as an internal on-board NVMe SSD, so I can insert and remove SATA drives ...
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Clean install Windows 10 - is it dangerous downloading a fresh install to a flash drive on an infected PC?

I read this thread: How can I remove malicious spyware, malware, adware, viruses, trojans or rootkits from my PC? Excellent write ups and thank you to everyone who posted something I learned! I was ...
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Dual booting Windows 10 on top of Linux Mint 19 with an old motherboard

I have an existing Linux Mint 19.3 installation. I would now like to dual boot it with Windows 10. Ideally I would do this without clobbering the Linux install, but I have backups so it's not so bad ...
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Options for Internal SSD Upgrade [duplicate]

I currently have a 256GB internal SSD in my laptop, but it isn't enough. I have just ordered a 500GB one, and that will be enough (at least for now). I have looked up a few things on how to "...
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Boot from a windows bootable media without loading a driver

I have an HP dv6 notebook with an Intel integrated GPU and a discrete AMD GPU. This notebook series is known for having a problem with the AMD GPU, and mine is no exception. Every time it loads the ...
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Windows USB media crashes

I recently switched to a SSD. It worked fine as long as I manually selected the boot drive. Then I deleted everything on the original HDD(it is still installed for bulk storage) and now it won't boot, ...
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Change language in Windows 10 initial setup

I just bought a new laptop with Windows 10 Pro in it and when I booted it up for the first time I got the Windows 10 initial setup guide in what appears to be Polish and I don't speak Polish: I don't ...
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Windows 10 setup stuck at "Just a Moment"

I'm in the process of installing Windows 10 for someone, on a 500 GB SSD that I formatted as part of the installation. Everything was going smoothly, I rebooted, entered the next phase of installation,...
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Will Windows 10 or 11 installation do different things on different hardware?

I am wondering if Windows 10 or 11 installation do different things on different hardware. Or will the installation just do the same steps such as creating partitions, extracting the same files etc.? ...
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How to fix error 0x8007025D when installing Windows 10?

I've looked at both this and this other question regarding this error. Both answers suggested that the installation medium has been corrupted. I've tried several different USB drives, as well as ...
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Can't boot past "press any key to boot USB" from windows 10 installation USB

The problem: My supposedly bootable win10 is visible in the boot menu. When I select it, it says press any key to boot USB... and that's as far as it goes. I'm left with an underscore blinking on the ...
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Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 via MDT: The system registry cointains invalid file paths

I try to upgrade Windows 7 machines to Windows 10 with MDT Microsoft Deployment Tool. The installation is getting stuck at 30% after a reboot. I tried several solutions but none of them worked. Delete ...
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clean install Windows 10 on Surface Laptop

I have a Surface Laptop (1st gen). I want to restore it to factory condition. I used "Surface Recovery Image Download" (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/surface-recovery-image) to create ...
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Windows installation fails, copying files is "too fast", seems related to SSD

I am helping someone install Windows on a new SSD, but so far it hasn't worked out. I think the following things are relevant: The SSD is brand new SMART data says it's in perfect health The SSD is ...
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Copy back previous user and program folders after Windows reinstallation?

Has anyone ever tried, after a fresh Windows installation, to simply restore the previous user (C:\Users) and programs folders (C:\Program Files (x86), C:\Program Files) from the previous installation,...
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Best way to do simple new employee laptop setup for Windows 10/11 without Windows Server or cloning

I ran a few Windows based labs over a decade ago, past few years I've mostly been managing Macs and systems in AWS and GCP. Right now the company is hiring a lot of finance folks who want to work on ...
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Can I buy a Windows 11 installation disc or usb with key?

As in go to a computer store, or online and buy a legal genuine physical copy of Windows 11 as DVD installation media or USB drive, with a key. Then use this to clean install on a computer and enter ...
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Install Windows from WinPE (Chinese)

I wiped the harddisk of my Jumper EZPad Mini 8 and wanted to install a clean Windows. Unfortunately there is no working Touchscreen driver available (tried 15). So a Chinese supplier sent me a zip ...
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No response to any input in basic procedures screen of windows 10 fresh install on a positivo DUO ZX3040

I succeeded in using the MediaCreationTool21H1.exe to create a boot-able pen drive with windows 10 32bits. After multiple attempts using other tools, because the tablet only boots up the windows ...
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When using Secure Boot can other drives still be MBR?

I recently read: If Secure Boot is enabled in BIOS, then your System will need your hard drive to be GPT … But what about the other drives? Can they still be MBR?
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Does the MBR option from Rufus delete your data when installing Windows?

I'm trying to install a Windows on an old computer and for that I'm using Rufus to create a bootable USB. I used the defaults properties from Rufus and clicked start. This action was successfully made,...
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Boot loader failed when installing windows on hyper-v vm

I try to install windows 10 Pro from ISO image, on a virtual machine just created by hyper-v. I'm running hyper-v on window 10 pro. The problem is that the vm won't boot from DVD controller. The ...
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Why is WinPE called an operating system?

WinPE is essentially the Wizard that installs Windows but it is classified as an Operating System. This is a good description. My question is why is it called an operating system? I can see that it ...
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How to make a bootable flash drive with Windows 10 from Cloudready?

I have a laptop with cloudready (latest version) installed on it. I just bought another laptop without a operating system on it. At the moment i don't have access to a device with windows 10 to make a ...
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How to partition new Windows 10 install without losing space to non-contiguous volumes

Every time I've installed Windows 10 via bootable USB I end up with a volume on the left side of my C: drive which I am able to delete, however, it remains as unallocated space which can't be merged ...
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Will i need the win10 activation key? [duplicate]

The situation is that there're some problems with booting any system on my laptop(cannot boot any system at all), it was preinstalled with win10 and now it's not booting, I want to format the whole ...
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What does "Copying Windows files" do during Windows 10 installation?

The first step is named "Copying Windows files" in Windows 10 installation (via DVD drive). However it always completes in the blink of an eye. What exactly is it, and why does it go so ...
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how to make a window 10 recovery disk + W10 license [duplicate]

I want to install ubuntu on a new W10 laptop. I have did this many times, but for the first time I need to make a copy of the W10 disk/license in case I have to reinstall W10 on this laptop in the ...
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Unable to install operating system on a new workstation build

I have recently completed a new workstation build. The motherboard is a supermicro M12SWA-TF that I purchased with a pre-installed AMD Threadripper Pro 3975WX processor. The computer powers on fine. ...
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Getting horizontal dotted screen when booting windows installer via USB

I'm trying to boot a Windows 10 installer on my laptop (Asus K53). The problem is when I boot I will get a weird colored dotted screen. I don't understand it! here is a picture of it: I tried two USBs,...
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How to do a clean windows 10 install after messing up bootloader with linux

So I have a new laptop with no important data. I installed windows and then I installed Linux mint in dual boot, but the laptop had no good drivers for linux mint and I tried removing Linux mint from ...
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DISM restore capability removed from WIM copy, using original

Suppose I was over-eager in pruning my Windows install image: FOR /f %I ('DISM /Image /Get-Capabilities /Format:Table') DO DISM /Image /Remove-Capability /CapabilityName:%I Can I restore individual ...
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Auto updating Windows 10 USB

Once in a while I need to do a fresh Windows install which I do from a usb. I always use the official Windows installation media tool which works perfectly. However I always need to spend some time ...
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First Windows installation black screen

I have a new destop PC. Nothing is installed on it. This would be the first setup. When I power up the PC, the monitor brightens a little, then I get only a black screen. The display port is connected ...
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Can I install winXP with an virtual disk image?

This is what I'm trying to accomplish: Install winXP onto a virtualbox machine. I will then obtain a copy of winXP virtual disk file, could be vdi or some other format. Map the vdi into a physical ...
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how to edit windows 10 iso to exclude other versions

I have been going through the process of slimming down my windows 10 ISO file, but have been unable to get it below the 3.5 gb mark; Removing the windows components is not something I am hoping to do. ...
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macbook pro with windows 10 partition-unable to start windows because too little disk space

macbook pro with windows 10 partition-unable to start windows because too little disk space--just hangs.. When I plug in the windows boot thumb drive, do a restart from the mac side, I see the ...
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Can't install windows 10 on GPT in UEFI mode. What am I missing?

It says We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one What am I missing really? I create a bootable usb with rufus with GPT/UEFI target. I boot my system in UEFI after selecting booting ...
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Windows Installation Media does not create all four partitions?

Installing Windows-10 system to new 500G SDD. Windows Installation Media does not create the four basic partitions, nor does it recognize manually created partition layout. For example, my Lenovo came ...
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After hard drive updated to SSD and memory upgrade Windows freezes and throw BSoD en less than 30 minutes, it works fine under Linux

I have an Asus Vivobook X505ZA that had 8G on board and a 1TB standard hard drive. I decided to upgrade the hard drive to a 420 GB SSD and add 16GB (1 slot) for a total of 24GB of RAM That memory is a ...
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Windows 10 USB installer: screen glitching

The HP TPN-C130 laptop of a friend of mine refuses to boot to Windows. He had already encountered some issues with the Windows 10 install on the laptop itself (mainly it being slow and crashing) and ...
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Can I install windows 10 having bios serialnumber

I bought HP prodesk 400 g7. It comes with preinstalled windows 10 and recovery partition. Preinstalled version of windows has lot of bloatware installed. I would like to install fresh windows 10. I ...
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