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Guide To Reinstall Windows 10 On Desktops and Laptops

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  • Guide To Reinstall Windows 10 On Desktops and Laptops

    This post is a step-by-step guide on how to reinstall Windows 10, drivers and utilities. Feel free to bookmark this page in-case you ever need to reinstall the OS again.

    1. Creating Your Recovery Media
    Without a media device, you will not be able to reinstall Windows 10. This is a fundamental step and cannot be skipped. To begin, you will need ALL of the following requirements listed below.
    • USB storage device that can hold at least 8GB of data.
    • A working Microsoft computer (If your current system is in an unusable state, you can use a friend or family member's Windows PC)
    • A stable internet connection
    1-A. Once you have access to all of the listed items above, you'll then need to navigate to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10 and click on the "Download Tool Now" button.

    2-A. Once this file has been downloaded onto the computer, make sure that your 8GB+ USB drive is plugged into the PC.

    3-A. Once the USB drive is plugged in, right-click on the files you just downloaded "MediaCreationTool.exe" and select Run as Administrator. NOTE!: If there is currently any data on your USB storage device, the MediaCreationTool.exe program will completely delete any pre-existing files on the drive! If there are any important documents on the USB storage device, back them up or use a different USB device.


    4-A. Accept the terms and it will load some more. After a few seconds, you should be presented with an option to "Upgrade this PC now" or "Create installation media". You need to choose "Create installation media" then select "Next"

    5-A. You'll now be presented with "Select language, architecture, and edition" The vast majority of users just choose "Windows 10" as their Edition and "64-bit (x64)" as their Architecture. And of course, choose your preferred Language. Once finished, click "next".

    6-A. Select "USB flash drive" and click "next". There should now be an option to select the USB flash drive that is plugged into the PC.
    NOTE! : We highly recommend having only 1 USB flash drive plugged into the computer to avoid any confusion.

    7-A. Follow the remaining easy steps and this software will automatically prepare your USB flash drive.

    2. Extra Steps If You Have Windows PRO
    (Home Users SKIP This Step)

    1-B. Open up the "Note Pad" program on your PC, copy and paste the following text exactly as written below:



    Now save your Note Pad document as "Ei.cfg"(Make sure you add the quotations so when you save this it creates a CFG file and not a text file). Move this file directly to the "Sources" folder on your USB Flash Drive.


    3. Installing Windows
    NOTE! : Please make sure to back-up any data that you wish to keep onto another storage device, such as an external USB Hard Drive. Re-Installing Windows will result in the loss of ALL of your personal data!

    1-C. After using the Media Creation Tool provided by Microsoft, insert the USB flash drive into the computer that you intend to install Windows to.

    2-C. Turn on the PC. If it is already on before you inserted the USB flash drive, turn it off and then back on.
    Once it is on, enter the boot menu as soon as the computer begins to power on.
    (If your computer is a Sager, boot key is [F7]
    if it is MSI, boot key is [F11]
    if it is ASUS, boot key is [ESC]
    if it is GIGABYTE, boot key is [F12])

    3-C. Boot from your USB device

    4-C. Click "Install now" and click through the various options.

    5-C. Once you get to the option to "Upgrade" or "Custom", click on Custom.

    6-C. At the screen where it asks you to choose which drive to install Windows on, press Shift+F10 and a DOS window should open
    1. type the following: diskpart
    2. Press [ENTER] key
    3. type the following: list disk
    4. [ENTER]
    5. type the following: sel disk 0
      (disk 0 should be the drive your operating system is on, if not, please choose the respective disk number)
    6. [ENTER]
    7. type the following: clean
    8. [ENTER]
    9. close the DOS window

    7-C. Refresh your storage device list. Your drive should say "unallocated", select the unallocated drive and click next to reinstall Windows.

    4. Installing Manufacturer Drivers
    When installing drivers/utilities, it is highly recommended that you restart the computer each time a "restart your PC" message appears. DO NOT install even more drivers until you have restarted the PC.

    1-D. Now that you've successfully installed Windows 10, you'll need to get the drivers from your system manufacturer. Without these drivers, your system will not perform optimally. At the below links, you will need to search for your model.

    NOTE! : If you do not know your laptop model, please open the program "cmd.exe" as Administrator and paste-in the following command : wmic computersystem get model,name,manufacturer,systemtype
    NOTE 2! :
    If you have a custom Wifi/Bluetooth card from XOTIC PC, DO NOT download the wifi drivers from the manufacturer's website (because they're probably the wrong drivers).

    2-D. Many manufacturer websites have multiple Wifi/Bluetooth drivers. Please ensure that you download the drivers for your respective device. If you are not sure which wifi card you have, right-click on your Windows Icon at the bottom left and select Device Manager -> Network Adapters and it should tell you if you have a Killer card or an Intel card.

    3-D. Once all Drivers have been installed, restart the PC 1 final time.

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    Last edited by Jake.M@XOTICPC; 03-19-2018, 03:37 PM.
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