Guide: Clean Install Win 10 Pro.

Step-by-Step guide on how to install Windows 10 Pro with a removable drive

Updated 15 June 2021

Copyright: European Union Public License, version 1.2 (EUPL-1.2).

Contents of this Article

  1. Introduction
  2. Changing the boot order
  3. Windows 10 Setup
  4. Personalization
  5. Account and PIN
  6. Finalizing Setup
  7. Entering Microsoft account after installation
  8. Entering in the Product key after installation
  9. Summary
  10. Sources

1 – Introduction

Within this guide are the steps needed to install Windows 10 Pro from a removable or disk drive. The steps presented throughout the article are done on a Dell computer but can be replicated on Lenovo, HP and any other computer manufacturer. The steps are meant to guide a user through a clean install of Windows 10 pro without any data migration from another windows operating system. If someone wanted to do a migration/upgrade from another Windows operating system, all a user would have to do is select upgrade at the beginning of the installation. Our goal is firstmost with security than productivity. A clean install is suggested because it prevents data from being shared thus keeping a user’s computer secure. Once a secure install is guaranteed then we make sure that the steps employed are as simple and straightforward as possible to ensure that the user or employee is productive. Due to the applications that are used at Ubinodes, we suggest using Windows 10 pro so that there are not any compatibility issues between the software and the operating system.

2 – Changing the boot order

Step 1. Changing the boot Order / Booting from Removable drive

To change the boot order you must first find the key set by your manufacturer to open up the bios settings. Depending on the manufacturer this could be F10, F2, F12, F1, or DEL. When first starting your computer you want to press one of the keys above to enter the Bios. Within the Bios, there will be a tab labeled boot, go to this tab and change the boot sequence to reflect your desired install method. Restart your computer with your flashed Windows 10 pro removable drive inserted.

3 – Windows setup

Step 2. Windows 10 Setup

Start by selecting the language, time / currency format and keyboard layout then click next.

After clicking install you will be presented with the “Enter the product key to activate Windows”. Here you will click skip, after the install is complete you will enter your product key .

After skipping the “Enter the product key to activate Window” users should be presented with the next window that asks them to select which type of installation they want. The first is “Upgrade: Install Windows and files,settings and applications”. This option will upgrade whatever copy of windows you currently have installed to the Windows 10 pro version. The second option is “Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)”. By selecting this option you are asking for a clean install and Windows will ask you to format and partition the disk that you want to re-image.

The option that I selected was the “Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)”. First delete any old drives that were previously install on machine. Once you have deleted all old drives you can select to format and partition the disk and continue the installation.

Once you have selected the drive that Windows will be installed on the installation process will begin.

4 – Personalization

Step 3. Personalization

The personalization step will occur after the initial install of Windows occurs, followed by a restart.

The First window that the user will be presented will ask them if they want to use the express settings. This includes setting up your speech, typing, contacts and calendar. A user can select customize to manually do this.

You can select “My work or school owns it” to connect to a network or “I own it” if you own the product key. For this install we just selected I own it.

Click skip this step, we will setup the account after installation.

5 – Set PIN

Step 4. Setting PIN

Set a PIN, this will be used to log on to your Windows 10 pro computer.

6 – Finalizing Setup

Step 5. Finalizing

Now that the install is complete, a user can login using the PIN they set in the previous steps.

Once logged in a user can confirm that Windows 10 Pro is installed on their machine by typing system in the search and going to the about section.

7 – Entering Microsoft account after installation

If you clicked skip for Microsoft account during installation, once the install is complete then you can enter it. First left click the start button and hover over the account icon and right click to display the account sub menu. After the sub menu is displayed click change account settings.

Once in the the account settings window, click sign in with a Microsoft account instead.

Enter your email address associated with your Microsoft account and click next.

Enter your account password and click sign in.

8 – Entering in the Product Key after Installation

In the start menu type Windows Update settings.

After opening up the update setting navigate to the activation tab. Here you can enter product key by going to the Microsoft store and purchasing a product key or by manually entering you own product key. For this demonstration we are gong to enter the product key manually, to do this click change product key.

A Window should then pop up asking the user to enter their product key. After the user has entered the product key click next to confirm.

Here you can see that Windows is activated with a valid product key.

9 – Summary of Pros and Cons to Windows 10


From Windows 10 service pack 1 to service pack 2 windows has added more mobile device management capabilities. With these added features IT companies can roll out Mobile Device Management solutions faster and over longer distances. This change has also prompted Microsoft to develop new security options for the operating system. This includes two-factor authentication and a flexible firewall. For example, the normal windows firewall can accept input from third party firewalls such as Comodo Dragon firewall. Windows 10 will be the primary Windows operating System for the foreseeable future and should be around longer than any previous Windows OS. This is due to a changing business model from Microsoft causing Windows to be more considered as a software as a service. Consequently, Windows 10 will be prescription based that will continue to add on features over its lifespan. With the innovation in laptops and tablets Windows 10 operating systems support new features which include touch screen capabilities, biometric scanners and near field communication. These advancements will keep changing as user needs grow.


There have been privacy concerns when discussing the Windows operating System. This is because Microsoft is replicating Google by collecting data to help create a personalized experience for its users. Microsoft collects data on their connected devices and applications that include Windows Phone, email services (Hotmail/Outlook), Bing, Edge and Cortana. Concerns over privacy started when developers and power-users discovered that Microsoft’s privacy settings were set so that they would allow Microsoft to track your Windows use and behavior. Microsoft has said that the settings in Cortana and other windows applications are there to collect relevant data/information which users can turn off at any time. Unfortunately, the debate continues with many saying that these setting are turned on by default and very hard to find during the installation and upgrade process.

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