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  1. mattman Win User

    Custom Install Windows 10


    How to: Custom Install Windows 10

    How to Custom Install Windows 10


    When you perform a custom install of Windows 10, a clean install of Windows 10 is performed only on the same partition as the previous installation of Windows to replace it, and the previous installation is moved into the C:\Windows.old folder as a backup. Once the custom install has finished, you will be able to copy any files you want back from the C:\Windows.old folder.

    A custom install of Windows 10 can be useful if you are unable to start Windows for whatever reason, need to reinstall Windows, but do not want to lose any files in your current installation by doing a full clean install.

    This tutorial will show you step by step on how to do a custom install of Windows 10 with UEFI or Legacy BIOS on your PC.

    *note You will need to be connected to the Internet while performing a custom install.



    Here's How:

    1. Temporarily disconnect all non OS hard drives until Windows installation has finished. This is to avoid Windows Setup from installing files or partitions on other hard drives by mistake.

    2. Do the step below depending on how you want to do a custom install of Windows 10.
    • step 3: To Custom Install Windows 10 with bootable USB
    • step 4: To Custom Install Windows 10 with an ISO file
    3. To Custom Install Windows 10 with bootable USB
    *note This option is good to use if you are unable able to boot into Windows.
    A) If you haven't already, you will need to create a bootable Windows 10 installation USB.

    B) step 5 below.

    4. To Custom Install Windows 10 with an ISO file
    *note You must be signed in to Windows as an administrator to do this option.
    A) If you haven't already, you will need to download a Windows 10 ISO file.

    B) Mount the ISO file. (see screenshot below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    C) Open the drive (ex: "D") for the mounted ISO file, open the Sources folder, and run the setup file. (see screenshot below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    D) If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes to approve. (see screenshot below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    E) Click/tap on the Go online to install updates now option. (see screenshot below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    F) Windows Setup will now check for and install any available updates. Go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    5. Select your language, time and currency, and keyboard or input method preferences, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    6. Click/tap on the Install Now button to start the installation. (see screenshot below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    7. Enter the activated, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    *note If you do not have a product key available right now, then you can click/tap on the I don't have a product key link to be able to manually linked Microsoft account.

    You will not be asked to enter a product key in Windows 10 Enterprise. You will need to activate later after installation has finished.

    If you took advantage of the free Windows 10 offer, then you can enter the Windows 7 or Windows 8 product key that you upgraded to Windows 10 from.

    If this is an OEM PC that has a valid product key embedded in its UEFI firmware chip, then you will not be prompted to enter a product key. Windows 10 will automatically use the embedded product key if its valid for the edition being installed. If needed, you can change the product key after installation has finished.


    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    8. Check the I accept the license terms box, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    9. Click/tap on the Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) option. (see screenshot below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    10. Select the Primary partition that Windows is installed on, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    11. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    12. The installation of Windows 10 will now begin. (see screenshots below)

    *note During the installation, your screen may flash and computer will restart a few times.

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    13. During restarts, ignore the Choose an operating system or Windows Boot Manager screens. You do not need to do anything on them since the installation will automatically continue. (see screenshots below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    14. When installing Windows 10 has finished, you will now be greeted by Cortana (if supported) to assist in setting up Windows 10. (see screenshots below)

    *note You can click/tap on the microphone icon at the bottom at anytime to toggle voice mode on and off as needed or wanted.

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]


    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]


    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    15. Select your region (ex: "United States"), and click/tap on Yes. (see screenshot below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    16. Select your keyboard layout (ex: "US"), and click/tap on Yes. (see screenshot below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    17. Select Add layout or Skip depending on if you want to add a second keyboard layout. (see screenshots below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]


    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    18. Windows Setup will now check for an Internet connection. If an Internet connection is not detected, it will prompt you to select an Ethernet network or setup and connect to your wireless network, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)

    *note If you currently do not have an Internet connection available, then you can click/tap on the Skip for now link at the bottom left, and go to step 22C below.

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    19. Select How would you like to set up (Pro) or Choose how you'll connect (Enterprise or Education), and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)

    *note You will not see this if installing a Windows 10 Home edition.


    For Windows 10 Pro:

    Set up for an organization = Domain

    Set up for personal use = Local home PC


    For Windows 10 Education and Enterprise:

    Join Azure Active Directory = Choose this option if your organization uses Office 365 or other business services from Microsoft. Your organization might collect info about you, install or remove apps, change settings or disable features, delete content, or reset your device. Talk to your support staff to learn more. This will let you setup Windows with a work or school account now.

    Join a local Active Directory domain = This will let you setup Windows with a local account now. When setup is finished, you can join a domain, or step 23C below after selecting this option.


    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    20. Do the step below depending on if your would like to set up Windows 10 to sign you in with a local account or Microsoft account.
    • step 21: Set up Windows 10 with a Microsoft account
    • step 22: Set up Windows 10 with a local account
    21. To Set Up Windows 10 with a Microsoft Account
    A) Type in the email address, phone number, or Skype name you have registered for your Microsoft account, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    *note If you do not have a Microsoft account and would like to use one, then click/tap on the Create account link to create a new Microsoft account.

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    B) Enter the password for your Microsoft account, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    C) If you have two-step verification turned on for your Microsoft account, then select how you would like to get your code, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]


    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]


    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    D) Enter the code you received from Microsoft, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    E) If your PC has a camera that supports Windows Hello, then you can click/tap on Set up to use your face to sign in to Windows 10. If you do not want to, then click/tap on Skip for now. (see screenshot below)

    *note You will always be able to add a face later if you like in Windows 10.

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    F) If you want to use a PIN with your Microsoft account in Windows 10, then click/tap on the Set a PIN button. If you do not want to use a PIN, then click/tap on Cancel or the Do this later link instead. (see screenshot below)

    *note You will always be able to remove your PIN later if you like in Windows 10.

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    G) If you wanted to link your iPhone or Android and this PC, then you could enter your phone number and click/tap on Send to have an app link sent to your phone to do so. Otherwise, just click/tap on Next to skip this. (see screenshot below)

    *note You will always be able to add a phone at anytime from within Settings > Phone.

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    H) You will now be prompted if you would like step 23 below. (see screenshot below)

    *note You will always be able to turn on or off folder protection with OneDrive at anytime in Windows 10.

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]


    22. To Set Up Windows 10 with a Local Account
    A) Click/tap on the Offline account link. (see screenshots below)

    *note If this is for Windows 10 Enterprise, then you would click/tap on the Set up Windows with a local account instead link, and go to step 22C below.

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    B) Click/tap on No. (see screenshot below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    C) Enter a user name you want for the local account, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    D) Enter a password you want for the local account, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    *note If you do not want this local account to have a password, then leave this field empty instead, click/tap on Next, and go to step 23 below.

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    E) Enter the password again to confirm, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    F) Select a security question (1 of 3) you want from the drop menu, type your answer, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    G) Select a security question (2 of 3) you want from the drop menu, type your answer, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    H) Select a security question (3 of 3) you want from the drop menu, type your answer, press Enter, and go to step 23 below. (see screenshot below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    23. Click/tap on Decline or Accept depending on if you want to use Cortana with your account in Windows 10. (see screenshot below)

    *note You will be able to turn Cortana on or off at anytime in Windows 10.

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    24. Click/tap on No or Yes depending on if you want to turn on Activity History for your account in Windows 10. (see screenshot below)

    *note You will be able to turn Activity History on or off at anytime in Windows 10.

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    25. Turn on or off the privacy settings you want, and click/tap on Accept when finished. (see screenshots below)

    *note You will be able to change all of these privacy settings at anytime in Windows 10.

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    26. Windows Setup will now start getting things ready you.

    27. If prompted, click/tap on Yes (on) or No (off) for network discovery. (see screenshot below)

    *note You will always be able to turn on or off network discovery at anytime in Windows 10.

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    28. When the custom install has finished, you will be on your desktop in Windows 10. (see screenshot below)

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    29. Make sure that you have the correct time set.

    30. Install any needed drivers for your devices.

    31. If you like, you can now open the C:\Windows.old folder to copy back any files you may want from your previous installation. (see screenshots below)

    *note If you already had a Windows.old folder when you performed a custom install, then it will be renamed to say Windows.old.000, Windows.old.001, etc... (older previous installations). The most recent previous installation will always be in the C:\Windows.old folder.

    *Warning The previous installation contents in the Windows.old folder will be automatically deleted in 10 days by default.

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]

    Custom Install Windows 10 [​IMG]


    That's it,
    Shawn


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