How To Install Windows 10 On New PC Without Operating System? (Easy)

Your computer is designed to work with an operating system, usually Windows 10, to function effectively. However, some manufacturers don’t just slap their choice of operating system onto your computer; they sell you the hardware and leave you to find the best operating system to install.

While shipping a computer offers more freedom, there are some disadvantages to going for a computer without an out-of-the-box operating system. One of these downsides is how difficult it is to interact with the computer before and when installing your OS.

This article will teach you how to install Windows 10 on a new PC without an operating system, and I’ll also answer some of the most pressing questions you might have about the process to fast-track things.

How To Install Windows 10 On New PC Without Operating System? (Step-By-Step)

If you have a new PC that didn’t ship with an operating system, your options for installing Windows are limited. Since you can’t run the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant, you can only install it via a USB stick or a CD-ROM.

Before installation, you will need a USB flash drive, a CD-ROM, and a Windows 10 image. To start this process, you must load the Windows 10 installation file to your PC using any above storage mediums.

How to Create A Windows 10 Installation Media

  • Head over to the Microsoft official website to download the official tool.
  • You’ll have to run the tool to prepare Windows 10 for installation. Choose “Create installation media for another PC” from the options provided.
  • You’ll need to select the language, edition, and architecture of Windows 10 you want to install on your computer.
  • The tool will ask if you want to install the windows using a USB flash drive or ISO file; select the USB flash drive option.
  • The tool will automatically copy the Windows 10 installation files, which may take some time. Consider connecting to a Wi-Fi network with sufficient speed to make the process faster.
  • The tool will notify you when the installation is complete. You are ready to install Windows 10 on your computer.

How To Install Windows 10 (Step-By-Step)

Now that you’ve finished preparing the Windows 10 installation media, you only have to install Windows 10. The following section will carefully illustrate how you can install Windows 10 on your computer.

  1. Power on your computer and go to the UEFI/BIOS setup; you can do this by holding the DEL or F2 keys. The BIOS key may vary depending on your computer model.
  2. Enter the boot section at the UEFI/BIOS settings and change the boot order to take your installation USB drive to the top. This action will make the computer restart using the new boot order triggering the beginning of the Windows 10 setup.
  3. Select your language, time currency format, and keyboard details from the Windows setup page and hit next.
  4. Select “Install now” to begin the installation process.
  5. The setup will require a product key to activate your windows. Enter the product key if you have one. Skip the process if you don’t. You can activate Windows 10 after installing the operating system.

If you don’t have a product key, the setup will ask you to select the version of Windows you would like to install. Select the version plan to purchase later because you can’t change your Windows version after the fact; you’ll have to do a complete reinstall.

1. The following section will ask you to choose your desired installation type. If this is your first time installing the operating system on the computer, choose Custom.

2. Select the hard drive you want to install the operating system. This step is straightforward if you have only one hard drive. Multiple hard drives will confuse the process since you must select the primary one. It would help select the faster of your hard drives to make the installation faster.

3. Windows 10 will now attempt to install. It’s completely okay if your computer reboots itself multiple times during installation, and the system may ask you to customize some settings between the installation.

That’s all you need to do to get Windows 10 functioning perfectly on your computer. If you didn’t activate your Windows during installation, you could do that after installing it by going to the Windows 10 activation settings.

To activate Windows, you need to purchase a product key from Microsoft. Then go to the activation settings and click the change product key; paste your purchased product key. Windows 10 will activate successfully, and you can enjoy it!

How To Install Windows 10 On New PC Without Operating System Without A CD Drive?

You’ll need to make a bootable Windows 10 USB drive. This installation drive will let you install Windows 10 on your new operating system without needing a CD drive. You must plug your USB into the new PC and follow the necessary steps to install the OS.

How To Install Windows 10 On A New Hard Drive Without Operating System?

Before you begin, it would be advisable to unplug any other drives to your PC to reduce the chances of accidentally wiping out sensitive data. When you’ve done that, simply install your new hard drive and follow the installation process in this article to install Windows 10.

How To Install Windows 10 From Another PC?

Installing Windows 10 on a PC without an operating system usually requires another PC. You’ll typically use the other computer to download the Windows installation media into a USB flash drive. You will then use this USB flash drive to install Windows 10 properly on your new computer.

How To Install Windows 10 On A New PC For Free?

You’ll need a USB flash drive with a minimum of 8GB of free storage and an image of the Windows 10 operating system. Load up the flash drive with the Windows installation media and use the USB drive to install Windows 10 on the sister PC, and you should be good to go.

Can You Use A Computer Without An Operating System Installed?

An operating system acts as the medium in which the computer hardware can communicate effectively with its software. Almost all computers need an operating system to function effectively. Since a computer needs an OS to function effectively, there isn’t much you can do with a computer that doesn’t have an operating system installed.

How Do I Install Windows 10 Without A Product Key?

Microsoft allows you to install and run Windows 10 on your computers without needing a product key. However, you’ll get a watermark on your display showing that you need to activate Windows. Besides, you don’t get much missing functionality, except that personalization is locked away.

How Do I Install Windows 10 On A New Computer Without USB?

If you are not using a USB for installation, you will need a DVD loaded with the Windows 10 installation file. If you can’t get one, make a DVD drive with a Windows 10 installation disk. With the installation disk available, the installation process is very similar to using a hard drive, so there shouldn’t be any problems.

Can I Use Windows 10 Without Activation?

A product key is the most common form of activating Windows 10, although you can also start the OS using a digital license usually connected to your Microsoft account. First, purchase a product key from the official Microsoft store. Go to your settings and search activate, change the product key, and input the product key you just bought.

How Much Is A Windows 10 License?

Windows 10 comes in the home and pro variants. The home version of Windows 10 costs $120, while its pro counterpart costs $200. For much less, you can get a product key on random sites, but sticking to official stores is recommended.

How Many GB Is A Windows 10 Install?

The Windows 10 installation file is around 5GB with all the latest cumulative and security updates embedded. However, you should ensure that you have a stable internet connection that offers a lot more than 5GB. The updates that install during and after the installation usually make the quoted figure look babyish. 


Installing Windows 10 on a computer without an operating system is not much different than doing the same on a computer with one.

The steps in this article have been dumbed down to be easily understandable by everyone, even those without tech experience.

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