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Install Windows 10 1607 Anniversary Update with USB Drive

This guide will help you perform clean install Windows Anniversary Update or Windows 1607. You just need to download Windows 10 1607 ISO and create installation media, either on a DVD or a flash drive and install it from there. So let’s start with Windows 10 new installation with USB Stick.

Step 1 : Create Windows 10 Anniversary Update bootable USB Drive/DVD. Check out in our Guide here.

Windows 10 Bootable USB
Creating Windows 10 Anniversary Update bootable media

Step 2 : Enable ‘First Boot Device‘ in the motherboard to USB Stick/DVD. Now boot with Windows 1607 USB Drive.

Step 3 : Select ‘Install Now’” once the Windows installer starts.

Step 4 : Next, you’ll see the activation screen. If you have Windows 7/8 CD key enter here or click ‘I don’t have a product key.’ Windows installation will continue. You can enter CD Key after installation.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update CD Key Option
Windows 10 Anniversary Update CD Key Option

Step 5 : On ‘Which type of installation do you want?’ screen. Select the ‘Custom’” option to ensure you’re performing a clean install and not an upgrade installation.

Step 6 : Select Drive to Install Windows 10, then click next. Now windows will start installing. Windows 10 will reboot few times, do not press any key while rebooting.

Windows 10 new installation
Windows 10 Anniversary Update Installation drive selection

Step 7: As soon as you log in for the first time you’ll be prompted to accept the ‘Express Settings‘ or ‘Customize settings.’

Windows 10 New Installation
Windows 10 Anniversary Update installation window

Step 8 : The first screen is called “Personalization”. The privacy conscious will want to turn off everything in this menu.

Windows 10 1607 new installation
Windows 10 Anniversary Update customize settings

Step 9 : The second screen is browser protection, hotspots, and error reporting. SmartScreen is useful if you use the Microsoft Edge browser or the Windows Store.

Windows 10 New Installation
Windows 10 Anniversary Update customize settings

Step 10 : When you click “Next” this final time you’ll be sent, after a short wait, to the Windows 10 desktop.

After installation of Windows 10 1607 Anniversary Update, you can check on your apps and update them if necessary as well as to plug in your peripherals, check that all your hardware works and update the drivers if necessary.

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Windows 10 Upgrade guide

This is Windows 10 Upgrade guide, the following tutorial will help you install free Windows 10 upgrade on your PC. To upgrade from Windows 7/8 to Windows 10 you need an Activated Copy of Windows.

To check if your copy of Windows 8 is activated, press Windows Key + W to pull up the Setting search and type in “activated” to access the “See if Windows Is Activated” menu. Alternatively, you can look under Control Panel -> System to see the status of the machine.

To check if your copy of Windows 7 is activated you can click on Start Button, right click on “Computer”, and select properties. The resulting status menu will show if your copy of Windows is activated.

Now you need to download appropriate Windows 10 Update Tool. You can find the download tool here. Select the correct version, 32 or 64-bit, to match your current Windows installation. If you have 3GB of RAM go for 32-Bit. Install 64-Bit if you have more than 3GB RAM.

Running the Upgrade Installer
When you’re ready to upgrade run the installer tool, labeled MediaCreationTool, to get started.

Windows 10 Upgrade Guide

You’ll first be prompted to upgrade the PC or create installation media for another PC. Select “Upgrade this PC now” to begin the upgrade process and click “Next”. This begins the download process which is a long or short affair dependent entirely upon your Internet connection speed.

Windows 10 Upgrade Guide

Click “Accept” and the installer will do a final update check before kicking you over to the final confirmation page.

By default the installer will select the largest “what to keep” selection it can. If you want to make changes to what it is keeping click the small “Change what to keep” link as seen in the screenshot above. You’ll be prompted to select to select which kind of installation you want.

Windows 10 Upgrade Guide

Here in this section you’ll select to keep personal files and apps, personal files only, or nothing at all and your apps, files, and settings will be deleted. The little micro-summaries under the entries aren’t perfectly clear so feel free to click on the “Help me decide” link for more information.

What can I keep when I upgrade?
What you can keep depends on the version of Windows you’re running on your PC, so you’ll only see the options available to you. Here’s what you might see:

Windows settings
This keeps your settings like Ease of Access, your desktop background, or Internet favorites and history.

Personal files
This keeps any files that are saved in your User folder, like the Documents and Desktop folders.

Apps
This keeps apps that will work after you upgrade. To get a report of apps that you currently have on your PC that will work, and those that won’t, run the Upgrade Assistant, available online at here before you upgrade (you’ll need to close Setup to run the Upgrade Assistant). Some apps might work after you upgrade but you’ll need to reinstall them. You’ll see a list of these in the report. You’ll need your original installation media to reinstall them.

Nothing
This deletes everything, including all of your apps, and replaces your current version of Windows with Windows 10. Your personal files will be moved to the windows.old folder. You can find more info online at here

The most obvious and smooth transition is offered by “Keep personal files and apps”. If you’re upgrading from Windows 7, however, be prepared to reinstall applications as significant changes between the Windows 7 architecture and the Windows 8/10 architecture necessitate it.

When you’re ready click “Next” to proceed and it will return you to the final screen. Confirm that on the “Ready to install” screen it shows what you want (e.g. you selected “Keep personal files and apps” and that’s what it says). After confirming the installation click “Install”. Your PC will reboot a few times as the installer works and when it’s done you’ll be returned to the Windows login screen.

Configuring Windows After The Upgrade

Windows 10 Upgrade Guide

As soon as you log in for the first time you’ll be prompted to accept the “Express Settings” or click the tiny link to “Customize settings”. You should definitely click “Customize settings” to see what Microsoft has set as the defaults and confirm whether you want them set as they are.

Windows 10 Upgrade Guide

The first screen is called “Personalization”. The privacy conscious will want to turn off everything in this menu. (If you later discover you just can’t live without a personalized Cortana experience you can always turn it on again).

Windows 10 Upgrade Guide

The second screen is focused on browser protection, hotspots, and error reporting. SmartScreen is useful if you use the Microsoft Edge browser or the Windows Store.

Windows 10 Upgrade Guide

The final screen shows you the four new default Windows apps for photos, web browsing, music, and movies/TV. If you click “Let me choose my own default apps” it doesn’t actually let you choose the apps at this moment but merely allows you to uncheck one or all of the four default app selections (you’ll be prompted to make your default choices later when you open your preferred web browser for the first time and so on). When you click “Next” this final time you’ll be sent, after a short wait, to the Windows 10 desktop.

Windows 10 Upgrade Guide

Now is the time to check on your apps and update them if necessary as well as to plug in your peripherals, check that all your hardware works and update the drivers if necessary.

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Enabling Windows 10 ‘Fast Startup’

If your computer is booting slow, then you may not have “Fast Startup” configured in Windows 10. Here are the steps to make your PC boot up quickly. Fast Startup is one of the features that combines techniques in hibernation and in the shutdown process to enable the operating system to reduce the boot time significantly.

The feature comes enabled by default on new installations. However, if you have been wondering why you’re experiencing slow boot times in your Windows 10 PC. The reason could be that you have upgraded from Windows 8.1, and Fast Startup was previously turned off, or the operating system just didn’t enable it during installation.

Enabling Fast Startup in Windows 10

  1. Right-click the Start button and select Power Options.
  2. From the left pane, click the Require a password on wakeup to access the System Settings of Power Options.
  3. Click the Change settings that are currently unavailable link to modify the Shutdown settings.Note: If you see the Turn on fast startup (recommended) option is unchecked underShutdown settings, then the feature is not enabled in your computer.
  4. To enable Fast Startup, check the Turn on fast startup (recommended) option, and click the Save changes button to commit the changes.

Making available the Fast Startup feature

As you can see in the screenshot below, there is a chance that after following the above steps, you will find out that the Fast Startup option is not available to you, which also indicates that the feature is not enabled on your computer.

 

The reason is likely to be that hibernation is disabled in your Windows 10 computer, but you can enable this feature using the steps below:

  1. Right-click the Start button and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Type the following command: powercfg /hibernate on and press Enter. This command will enable the hibernate feature in your computer, which is an important component of fast startup.
  3. Now you should be able to see the Turn on fast startup (recommended) option in the Shutdown settings.

Although, Fast Startup is a great feature to make Windows 10 boot significantly faster than Windows 7, but Fast Startup could be the root of boot issues. It’s also not recommended to enable the feature on systems with very limited hard drive space, as it may not work correctly. And if you create a data partition on a dual-boot setup running Windows 10 or Windows 8, data that you try to save using another version of Windows or from another platform won’t save to the partition. This setup could cause data loss as Fast Startup will try to protect the file structure of your primary system from being changed.