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Posted on Dec 21, 2015 in PC Maintenance, Troubleshoot Windows | 0 comments

Reinstall Windows 8 or 10 with the Media Creation tool

With Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows, if you lost your Windows installation DVD and needed to reinstall your computer, your options were pretty limited. You could have tried contacting your computer manufacturer for a replacement, but this was often expensive. You could have tried a friends disc, but this may not have worked unless they had the same model of PC as you.

Fortunately, this situation gets a lot better in Windows 8 and Windows 10. With the newest versions of Windows you can use the Media Creation tool. This tool will download Windows for you and copy it to either a DVD recordable disc or a USB stick. You can then take this media to your faulty PC and completely reinstall Windows.

In this video tutorial we’ll walk you through the process of downloading the Media Creation Tool and then creating installation media. The video was recorded using Windows 10, but the process is virtually identical in Windows 8 too.

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Additional notes

Downloading the tool – You can download the Windows 8 version of the Media Creation Tool here or the Windows 10 version here.

Product keys – You may need a product key in order to reinstall Windows 8 or 10. If you purchased a PC with Windows pre-installed, your product key will either be on a sticker on your PC or embedded in the PC itself. In the latter case Windows should detect this and manually entering a product key should not be necessary.

If you upgraded from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10, you should be able to use your Windows 7/8 product key. If this fails, you may need to reinstall the previous version of Windows first and then re-upgrade to Windows 10.

If you purchased a copy of Windows 8 or 10 from a store, either a physical store or online directly from Microsoft, you should have received a product key when you made the purchase.

Booting from USB – The term “booting” means to start the computers operating system. Normally of course, you do this using the hard disk where Windows is installed. To use your USB (or DVD) installation media however, you need to tell the computer to read and boot from the USB stick instead. Usually you can do this by pressing a key to access a boot menu when you first turn your computer on. Often this key is F11 or F12. Many computers will tell you the correct key to press when you first power them on. We take a more in-depth look at booting from USB in the next tutorial.

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