Installing a download of Windows 10 on a brand new

  AjubaGomes 10:08 03 Oct 2019

I had to replace a failing hard drive in a friend's pc. Unfortunately they only had an oem install of Windows 10, which obviously the Microsoft download site won't accept the product code for. I've looked into it quite thoroughly and it seems they will just have to buy Windows 10. Now here's my dilemma... Rather than just buying it and getting a disk (which would make my job much easier lol) she wants to get it through her college since she can get it for free that way. But her college only offers it for download, no disk. And I'm not sure how to go about getting that download onto the new hard drive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  alanrwood 10:42 03 Oct 2019

Normally the download would be an iso file which you then use on another computer to create an installation DVD which you then use to install on the first machine.

  x13 19:07 03 Oct 2019

As alanarwood says. link here and follow instructions. No need for a key (say you have no key during installation) as it's tied to the motherboard and will verify automatically. No need to buy Windows 10 again.

  Brian Hamilton 19:14 03 Oct 2019

Normally the download would be an iso file which you then use on another computer to create an installation DVD which you then use to install on the first machine.

Maybe a decade and a half ago... You just chuck the thing on USB now.

  x13 19:20 03 Oct 2019

USB or DVD only matters if you don't have an optical drive :) If the PC has UEFI instead of the old BIOS then worth checking the new drive, connected via USB, to another PC to check if MBR or GPT. If you have UEFI and the new drive is MBR then use Windows to convert it. Windows will wipe the drive ready for a fresh install.

  Brian Hamilton 22:14 03 Oct 2019

I fail to see what the above gumph has to do with the problem. The corporate world got rid of CD Drives on devices years ago. Any idea why?

You see more laptops and PC's without CD Drives these days, however they always have some form of USB.

The OP needs to download Windows10, no need to wack it on a DVD, that's an extra process.

Suppose the next thing that's will come up, is all the USB Ports are broken.....

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