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Windows 10 install: How long does it take to install Windows 10?

Support for Windows 7 ended in January 2020, meaning developer Microsoft is urging users to upgrade to Windows 10 in order to keep computers running securely and smoothly. Windows 10 Home costs £119.99, while the more powerful Professional suite costs £219.99.

How long does it take to install Windows 10?

There is no definitive answer to the time it takes to install Windows 10 as installation time depends on several factors.

Firstly there’s the download time as the full version of this operating system weighs in at around 5GB in size.

With the UK’s average broadband speed this will take around 15 minutes to beam to your PC.

You then need to install this large file and different factors such as how old your computer is could affect how quickly things are back up and running.

As a rough guide, Express.co.uk would recommend giving yourself a couple of hours to make sure everything is working correctly. So, if you think you’ll need your PC then don’t begin the installation until you have a clear few hours ahead.

Before you begin installation Microsoft says users must have an internet connection, sufficient available data storage for the download, on a computer, USB or external drive.

Plus a blank USB flash drive with at least 5 GB of space or blank DVD (and DVD burner) if you want to create media.

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Windows 10 install: There is no definitive answer to the time it takes to install Windows 10 (Image: Getty)

Windows 10 minimum requirements:

The release you are intending to install is likely to be compatible with your hardware configuration if you already running any of the versions of Windows 10.

However, if you are about to upgrade an older computer running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you should ensure the device meets the minimum hardware requirements:

Processor: 1GHz or System on a Chip (SoC)

Memory: 1GB for 32-bit or 2GB for 64-bit

Storage: 32GB for 64-bit or 32-bit

Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver

Display: 800×600

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Windows 10 install: Installation time depends on a several factors (Image: Getty)

How to do a clean installation of Windows 10:

A clean installation is the best option to erase the hard drive to start from scratch when your device is having problems.

This method can help to resolve performance, startup, shut down, memory and issues relating to apps.

This approach is also an effective method to delete viruses and most malware.

And this, in addition, can also improve battery life on laptops and tablets.

Developer Microsoft also recommends this installation method you should use to start fresh with a copy of Windows 10 on a hard drive replacement or clean up a computer before giving it away.

How to prepare a computer for Windows 10 clean install:

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Experts recommended taking the following steps before installing a clean copy of Windows 10, in order to minimise the chances of problems and data loss.

Backing up files: The clean installation process erases everything on the main drive, so it is consequently advised to create a backup of your files as well as a temporary full backup of the entire system.

Upload files to OneDrive: This creates a backup of key files in many ways.

The OneDrive backup option also automatically uploads your profile folders, including Documents, Pictures and Desktop.

Copying files to external drive: Those with a large amount of data should consider making a copy of the files to an external hard drive.

In addition to making a copy of files, it is a good idea to make a list of your install apps and their product keys to know the apps later requiring re-installation.

Backing up entire device: It is also good practice to create a full backup of your current installation, in case something unexpected occurs, and you need to rollback or to recover files that were not backed up with the previous steps.

Downloading device drivers: Windows 10 is very effective at detecting and installing most device drivers automatically.

Users should, however, always download at least the essential drivers ahead of time in case the setup fails to add these drivers correctly.

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