This is a short guide for the completely clueless on installing Windows. Now with pictures!
- Internet connectivity
- Access to a Windows (7+) install
- An USB drive of at least 8 GB in size
- An UEFI capable x64 machine (target machine)
- Windows 10 Education
- Office 365 (optional)
- Reasonable privacy settings
- Open https://tb.rg-adguard.net/
- Select Windows (Final)
- Select latest version (at the time of this guide 19042.631)
- Select "Windows 10" as edition
- Select language (I'll go with English here)
- Select the x64 ISO file.
- Click Download
- It should be from
- Save the file
- Open https://rufus.ie
- Download the latest portable version
- Connect your USB drive
- Start Rufus
- Select your device
- Click "SELECT" and select the downloaded ISO
- Click "START"
- Let it finish
- Open Notepad
- Paste this in:
- Save the file as
Sourcesfolder (should already exist) on your USB drive.
- Shut down your computer
It is recommended that you unplug any hard disks other than the one you plan to install Windows onto.
This is where I can't help you much. Your BIOS likely says something like
F10 Boot menu during boot. Try mashing whatever key it says and selecting the USB drive. You may need to disable Secure Boot to make it boot. For help regarding either of these things consult your motherboard's User Manual.
- Select your language, time and keyboard setting, then press next
- When asked product key select
I don't have a product key
Windows 10 Educationfor install, then click
- Accept the license terms
- If you don't intend to keep any data, delete all partitions. Otherwise delete partitions you don't need (old install, etc..)
Unallocated spaceand click next. Selecting empty space makes the installer automatically create partitions it needs.
- Wait until it finishes. It might reboot several times during the process.
- Select your region & keyboard
- When presented the Sign in with Microsoft screen, select
Domain join insteadto avoid logging in
- Set your username. If you want to avoid having to give recovery questions, don't set a password here, do that later.
- Disable all sliders on the privacy screen and click
- Reject Cortana when asked
- Now you should soon be looking at your desktop
This is an optional step. Feel free to skip this if you don't wish to use Office.
- Open https://tb.rg-adguard.net/
Microsoft Officeas type
Microsoft Office 365as version
Office 365 Professional Plusas edition
- Select your language (I'm selecting English here)
- Select the only file choice and click Download
- Save the file. it should be downloading from
- Open the downloaded file to mount it
- Let it finish, then close the window
- Open the Windows Security app and select Virus & threat protection
Manage settingsunder Virus & threat protection settings
- Disable Real-time protection, Cloud-delivered protection, Automatic sample submission. This is a temporary measure.
- Download and install 7-zip (I assume you can do this yourself)
- Open this: official KMS_VL_ALL paste
- Download and extract the AIO version
- Run the extracted cmd file as administrator
2and wait as it activates
- Now you can delete the downloaded files and reenable Defender
Your Windows and Office should be activated now:
- Download Privatezilla
- Extract and run
- I recommend only using the defaults plus ticking the
Cortanacategory to avoid breaking anything
You should now be done with a basic, activated and reasonably private Windows 10 install.