Windows 10: Whats the best way to install WIn 10 on a new PC?

  1.    15 Feb 2018 #1

    Whats the best way to install WIn 10 on a new PC?


    I was looking around and it seems very confused. Because it's a new PC it needs the cheaper OEM software, but this seems to be only supplied on disc. Rather odd considering many builds don't even have a disc player now. I see I can just download the source to create an install USB, so is it better to do that while purchasing an install disc and just throwing the disc in the bin and using the key off the back of the envelope?
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  2. Posts : 5,050
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       15 Feb 2018 #2

    davefaz said: View Post
    I was looking around and it seems very confused. Because it's a new PC it needs the cheaper OEM software, but this seems to be only supplied on disc. Rather odd considering many builds don't even have a disc player now. I see I can just download the source to create an install USB, so is it better to do that while purchasing an install disc and just throwing the disc in the bin and using the key off the back of the envelope?
    My reply may not be satisfactory or even acceptable to you. I just want to share this with you.............

    An external CD/DVD player is dirt cheap.
    I have 2 tablets. When I bought the first tablet, I used my external DVD player/burner to install Microsoft Office Home & Student 2007 which I bought from Walmart.

    My external DVD player is Asus External Slim Optical Drive. I don't remember how much but I live on limited income. So it must be cheap.

    Of course, burning an iso file to an USB flash drive is perfectly good way to do what you want.
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  3.    15 Feb 2018 #3

    Well it would be handy to have an external player albeit rather silly to have to buy one just to install something that should be on a usb stick anyway! But you could be right here. I might just buy one and be done with it.
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  4.    15 Feb 2018 #4

    davefaz said: View Post
    I was looking around and it seems very confused. Because it's a new PC it needs the cheaper OEM software, but this seems to be only supplied on disc.
    Is this new PC one that you are going to keep for yourself, or sell to someone else? If it is a PC that you are going to keep for yourself, it violates the OEM Windows 10 EULA to use it for yourself. To comply with the EULA, you need to purchase a full retail version of Windows 10, which comes on USB flash drive in the retail package.
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    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       16 Feb 2018 #5

    What do you mean by "needs cheaper oem software" there is no difference between W10 OEM software and W10 Retail software. And no PC "needs" to have one or the other.

    The only difference is the key, the OEM key stays with 1 motherboard, (and that is what Navy means by the EULA) the Retail key can be used on any motherboard, as long as it`s only used on 1 PC at any given time.

    The W10 version that is on a disc is most likely an older version, so it`s better to download the latest version, W10 Fall Creators Update etc, if that is what you want to install.

    Download Windows 10

    And I would never throw away the Disc. You may need it someday

    But yes, a USB stick is the way to go, as eventually you will be formatting it anyway. Get a 8GB stick.
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  6. Posts : 3,242
    3-Win-7Prox64 2-Win10Prox64
       16 Feb 2018 #6

    Hi,
    If this machine came with win-10 all you'd have to do is reinstall 10 and it would reactivate without having to enter a key.
    All you'd need to know is which version it came with 10 Home or Pro and install it.
    No dvd drive well buy a flash drive then
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  7. Posts : 1,877
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       16 Feb 2018 #7

    Ya you really don`t need a dvd drive anymore, any software you need can be downloaded and run from a usb stick.

    I didn`t put one in my new build
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