If you’ve recently bought a new PC, the first step to installing your new operating system is to access the BIOS of your PC. Once you have access to the BIOS, you can install Windows or Linux. The following are instructions for Windows. If you are running Linux, you may follow the steps described in this article instead.
How to install an operating system on a new PC
The first step to installing an operating system on a new PC build is to ensure it’s powered on. This can be done by pressing the power switch on the back of the PC or pressing the power button on the PC itself. When the PC is powered on, it should run a POST test. If the PC doesn’t have an operating system installed, it’ll display the message “missing boot drive or UEFI/BIOS.”
You’ll have to modify your BIOS settings to change the boot order and select a boot drive. You can choose to boot from your optical drive or USB drive. Some motherboards automatically recognize the first boot device when you insert it. If you have trouble booting, you can use the BIOS to change the boot order or RAM speed.
Another option is to use a portable USB stick. USB sticks can replace damaged or lost disks, and most computers are compatible. This makes USB sticks a convenient way to install an operating system. Just make sure to format the USB drive before you begin the installation. The formatting process is easy to follow. After formatting your USB stick, you can plug it into your computer and start installing your operating system.
Before installing the operating system, check the BIOS settings. The BIOS can help you learn a lot about the components installed on the PC. The BIOS can be accessed by pressing the DEL or F2 keys repeatedly. Depending on the hardware in your PC, you may have to modify your BIOS to get the correct settings.
Installing Windows 10 on a new PC build is relatively simple. You can follow simple instructions on the screen. The first step is to choose whether you want a 64-bit or 32-bit installation. The 64-bit version is the best choice. You may also choose to use an SSD as your primary system drive.
Besides installing the operating system, you should also download security software. This will protect your PC from various invisible threats. You’ll have to pay a license fee if you have a Windows license.
How to install Windows on a new PC
Windows will ask whether you want a custom or standard installation during the initial setup. If you are installing Windows on a new PC, you will want to select the Custom installation option. This will allow Windows to use the fastest hard drive. Once Windows has finished installing, you can reboot the PC and begin using it.
Before you install Windows, you’ll need to format the USB flash drive. You’ll need to ensure you have at least 5GB of free space in the industry. Once the campaign is formatted, you’ll need to connect it to a wired or wireless network. Once the computer detects the wired or wireless connection, Windows will begin the installation process.
Next, you’ll need to set the boot priority. This will determine which drives boot first, so SSDs should have the highest priority. If you have a SATA or NVMe SSD, you should select it. If you have a hard drive, you’ll need to partition it properly.
You can also install Windows from a USB flash drive. To do this, you’ll need to have an old Windows PC or a Linux PC with a USB port. Installing the operating system from the USB drive will be faster if you have a short storage drive.
To install Windows from a USB, insert the Windows 10 installation USB into your new PC. If the PC doesn’t boot to the USB, you may need to tweak the UEFI/ BIOS settings. For most PCs, you can do this by pressing the manufacturer key (typically Esc, Delete, or F1) if you want to get into the UEFI/ BIOS settings. If you’re unsure how to get into the UEFI/BIOS settings, refer to your motherboard’s documentation.
You can also use your OEM license for Windows 10 and install it on the new PC. It would help to authenticate the software with a valid product key to use the OEM license. If you don’t have one, you can still use the software without activating it, but it won’t receive updates. It’s also important to back up your existing files before installing a new version of Windows.
How to install Linux on a new PC
If you’re interested in trying out Linux on your new PC, there are several steps that you can take. First, download an ISO image of the Linux operating system. You can either install Linux alongside Windows or install it without Windows. In either case, you’ll need to select a hard disk partition. You can also delete a section, but be aware that this will delete any data on it. Afterward, you can revert the change.
Alternatively, you can burn the ISO image file to a DVD or USB flash drive. Rufus is an excellent tool for burning ISO disc images. Make sure the USB drive is at least 2GB, but a faster purpose is even better. Once the installation process is complete, you’ll be greeted by the Ubuntu desktop.
Before you begin installing the operating system, you need to check the BIOS settings on the new PC. This will let you know what components are installed on the PC. You can access the BIOS settings by pressing the F2 key repeatedly or by holding the DEL key down.
If you’re using a flash drive, you may need to set the boot order in the BIOS of the destination system. This step is often required if the destination system has a Secure Boot Mode. Fortunately, most Linux distributions have solutions for this problem. If your BIOS doesn’t allow you to boot from the disk, you can disable it temporarily or permanently.
While it’s not rocket science, installing an operating system on a new PC build is not difficult and shouldn’t be a problem. Several Linux distributions, such as Manjaro, MX Linux, and Linux Mint, are available. Choosing the right one depends on your needs, budget, and preferences. If your PC is brand-new, it’s best to select a version that has been approved by the manufacturer and will be compatible with it.