To know to install a Windows operating system on a new or old PC

Install a Windows operating system

Installing a Windows operating system is not complicated. Regardless of the version of Windows, the steps to follow are almost the same, depending on the type of installation chosen. These days, almost anyone can install Windows on a new or old computer.

Windows installation modes

On an old or new PC, there are two main ways to install Windows.

The first mode of installation is considered an update. The installation is done by executing, from an installation medium, the files of the operating system to be installed. This installation mode is done through an operational operating system.

The second mode of installation is done by turning the computer off and on again, or simply restarting it. Many use it in the event of a problem with the operation of the operating system installed on the computer. This allows you to force the installation of Windows.

The first installation mode presented is rather considered an upgrade of Windows. You can use it if you want to upgrade to a newer version of Windows without losing your data. This article will guide you if you want switch from Windows 7, 8 to Windows 10 or 11.

Choose the system to install, Check the minimum configuration

Before installing a Windows operating system, be sure to choose the version to install. The right choice of the system also depends on knowing the minimum configuration. This is simply the configuration required by the new system, and which your computer must meet.

Most operating systems require 16-20 GB of free disk space and 1 GB of RAM, but they tend to get more and more demanding. Check whether your computer hardware meets the requirements for the operating system you want to install.

Speaking of hardware, there are two major families of operating systems, following the two major families of processors. There are 32- and 64-bit operating systems and 32- and 64-bit processors. You will choose the system according to the processor of your computer.

Some operating system vendors offer many editions for each version of their systems. Microsoft, for example, offers several editions for each version of Windows. You will find some editions like; Starter, Family, Integral, Education, Professional, etc.

Each time, before installing a Windows operating system, check the minimum requirements. Do it according to the system to be installed and not according to the model or the age of the computer. Some PCs, for example, were designed for Windows 7, but run Windows 10 well.

Back up data before installing a Windows operating system

Remember to make a backup before any manipulation that may affect your computer or the operation of your system. This will prevent you from losing the data in the event of a malfunction. If you feel that you don't have important data, then you have nothing to lose.

Create Windows installation media

In the past, to install a Windows operating system it was essential to have a CD-ROM with Windows engraved on it. Those days are now over, especially as laptops with CD players are becoming increasingly rare.

You can now, like many, install Windows a Windows operating system through a USB key. This is to make it bootable and copy the system files to it to install. You can do it with Windows Command Prompt (CMD), or using appropriate tools, such as Rufus.

Before starting the maneuver, make sure your USB key is able to accommodate Windows files. Currently the minimum required capacity is 8 GB, but you can do better (16, 32 GB). Before proceeding, do not forget to back up the data contained on the USB stick.

Install a Windows operating system

The last step is the actual installation of Windows. If you want to update your current system to a newer version, create the installation media. In case of a USB key, plug in and open it, then run the Windows files, like in this article.

If you want to install Windows by restarting your computer, follow the steps in this article. This will give you the possibility to repartition your disk before installation and to choose the partition which will have to host Windows.

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