Where should i install windows and videogames?

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  • If you don’t enter a Windows 10 activation key when prompted to do so, you’ll receive a free trial of Windows 10. After the trial ends, you’ll be prompted to purchase and enter an activation key.

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Do you need a hard drive to run BIOS?

You do not need a Hard Drive for this. You do, however, need a processor and memory, otherwise, you will get error beep codes instead. Older computers normally don’t have the ability to boot from a USB drive. The boot order preference will be set in one of the BIOS settings.

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Which computer operating system is best?

What OS Is Best for a Home Server and Personal Use?

  1. Ubuntu. We will start this list with maybe the most well known Linux operating system there is—Ubuntu.
  2. Debian.
  3. Fedora.
  4. Microsoft Windows Server.
  5. Ubuntu Server.
  6. CentOS Server.
  7. Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server.
  8. Unix Server.

Should I install games on HDD or SSD

Answered By: Tyler Russell Date: created: Jun 01 2021

Games that are installed on your SSD will load quicker than they will if they were installed on your HDD. And, so, there is an advantage to installing your games on your SSD instead of on your HDD. So, as long as you have enough storage space available, it definitely makes sense to install your games on an SSD.

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Should I install programs on C or D drive

Answered By: Connor Adams Date: created: Jan 12 2022

D is just your second hard drive (or a CD-ROM/DVD if you have one in, or a flash drive, etc.). If you are installing software, it is generally good practice to put it in your computer’s program folder, which in the case of Windows is always either C:\Program Files or C:\Program Files x86.

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Updates

You will be asked to configure your updates. You can choose either setting you like. However, I recommend you configure this choice later, after Windows 7 is installed and running properly.

We will discuss this separately in the Windows 7 security tutorial. Therefore, I will choose Ask me later, but you may want to go for either the first or the second option, as you see fit.

Begin installation

If you’re comfortable with your setup, highlight the created partition and click Next. Windows 7 will be installed to this partition. Depending on your hardware, this can take some time. My testing shows approx. 30-40 minutes.

  				During the installation, your computer may r

During the installation, your computer may restart several times. Let it be.

Install Windows 7

Install Windows 7.

Windows 7 is one of the easiest-to-install Windows operating systems. You’re only asked a few important questions during the installation—most of the setup process is completely automatic.

Like with other versions of Windows, the "clean" or "custom" method of installing Windows 7 is the smartest way to go, compared to an "upgrade" install or the less common "parallel" install.

This 34-step tutorial will walk you through every individual step of the process.

How to create USB for clean install of Windows 10

You will need a USB bootable media to perform a clean installation of Windows 10. You can easily create one using many tools, including the Microsoft Media Creation Tool and Rufus.

Create Windows 10 USB with Media Creation Tool

To create an installation media using the Media Creation Tool, connect a USB flash drive of at least 8GB of space, and use these steps:

  1. Open the Windows 10 download page.
  2. Under the “Create Windows 10 installation media” section, click the Download tool now button to save the file on the computer.
  3. Double-click the MediaCreationToolxxxx.exe file to launch the tool.
  4. Click the Accept button to agree to the Microsoft terms.
  5. Select the Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC option.

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  6. Click the Next button.
  7. (Optional) Clear the Use the recommended options for this PC option.
  8. Select the correct language, architecture, and edition of Windows 10.

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  9. Click the Next button.

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  10. Click the Next button.

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  11. Select the USB flash drive (or click the “Refresh drive list” option to make it available).

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  12. Click the Next button.
  13. Click the Finish button.

Once you complete the steps, the tool will download the files and create an installer with the latest installation files, which you can then use to start the device and configure a fresh copy of Windows 10.

Create Windows 10 USB with Rufus

Alternatively, the Rufus tool can help you create an installation media for computers with UEFI or BIOS firmware.

Rufus is a free tool with many options to help you create a bootable media of Windows 10 faster. However, it’s important to remember that it’s a third-party option, which Microsoft does not support. As a result, use it at your own risk.

To create a Windows 10 USB installer with Rufus, connect a USB flash drive of at least 8GB of space, and then use these steps:

  1. Open the Rufus download page.
  2. Under the “Download” section, click the link to save the latest release on the computer.

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  3. Double-click the Rufus-x.xx.exe file to launch the tool.
  4. Click the Settings button (third button from the left) at the bottom of the page.

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  5. Under the “Settings” section, use the Check for updates drop-down menu and select the Daily option.

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    Quick tip: These steps are necessary to enable the option to use the tool to download the ISO file of Windows 10.

  6. Click the Close button.
  7. Close the Rufus tool.
  8. Relaunch the Rufus tool.
  9. Under the “Device” section, use the drop-down menu to select the USB flash drive.
  10. Under the “Boot selection” section, click the down arrow button on the right and select the Download option.

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    Quick tip: If you already have an ISO file, click the Select button, choose the Windows 10 ISO file, and continue with step 24.

  11. Click the Download button.
  12. Use the “Version” drop-down menu and select the Windows 10 option.
  13. Click the Continue button.
  14. Select the 21H2 (Build 19044.xxx – xxxx.xx) option to download the Windows 10 November 2021 Update.

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  15. Click the Continue button.
  16. Use the “Edition” drop-down menu and select the Windows 10 Home/Pro option.
  17. Click the Continue button.
  18. Use the “Language” drop-down menu and select the installation language.

    Quick tip: In the United States, choose the “English” option, not “English International.”

  19. Click the Continue button.
  20. Use the “Architecture” drop-down menu and select the 32-bit or 64-bit (recommended).
  21. Click the Download button.
  22. Select the location to download the ISO file.
  23. Click the Save button.
  24. Use the “Image option” drop-down menu to select the Standard Windows installation option.
  25. Use the “Partition scheme” drop-down menu to select the GPT option.
  26. Use the “Target system” drop-down menu to select the UEFI (non CSM) option.

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    Quick note: If the computer includes a legacy BIOS, select the MBR option for partition scheme and BIOS (or UEFI-CSM) option target system.

  27. Under the “Show Advanced drive properties” section, don’t change the default settings.
  28. (Optional) Under the “Volume label” field, enter a descriptive name for the drive — for example, “win10_usb.”
  29. Under the “File system” and “Cluster size” sections, don’t change the default settings.
  30. Click the Show advanced format options button.
  31. Select the Quick format and Create extended label and icon files options.
  32. Click the Start button.
  33. Click the OK button to confirm.
  34. Click the Close button.

After you complete the steps, Rufus will download the ISO file from the Microsoft servers, and it’ll create the bootable media to perform a clean install of Windows 10.

How to complete setup after installation of Windows 10

Once the installation is complete, it’s also good to check that Windows 10 isn’t missing any critical updates or drivers and is properly activated.

Install updates

To download and install the latest updates, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Windows Update.
  4. Click the Check for updates button.

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Once you complete the steps, any available updates will automatically download and install. Also, a restart may be required to complete the update process.

Check missing drivers

To determine whether drivers are missing on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Device Manager and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Confirm that none of the devices has a yellow or red mark, and make sure nothing is listed as unknown.

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If some hardware has problems, you may need to manually install the latest drivers from your computer manufacturer’s support website. You can use this guide to install device drivers on Windows 10.

Install missing drivers

On Windows 10, drivers can also be part of the optional updates. If the computer doesn’t have all the required drivers, you may be able to download them from Windows Update.

To download missing drivers on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Windows Update.
  4. Click the View optional updates option. If the option isn’t available, it means that Windows Update doesn’t have any driver updates for the computer.

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  5. Click the Driver updates section.
  6. Select the missing driver.

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  7. Click the Download and install button.

After you complete the steps, Windows Update will download and install the missing drivers automatically.

Confirm activation

To confirm Windows 10 was activated correctly, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Activation.
  4. If Windows 10 is activated successfully, you will see one of these messages:

    • Windows is activated with a digital license: The installation has been activated, but it isn’t linked to your Microsoft account.
    • Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account: The installation has been activated, and the license is linked to your Microsoft account.

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In case Windows 10 didn’t activate, the device will try to reactivate at a later time. If you’re still having issues after a couple of days, you can use the Activation Troubleshooter to activate.

Restore files from backup

The last thing left to do is to restore your documents from backup. If you previously configured file backup with OneDrive, the data should already be available inside the OneDrive folder, but if the app didn’t configure automatically, you can use this guide.

If you have a backup of your files on an external drive, reconnect the storage to restore the data into the default folders (Documents, Downloads, Pictures, etc.).

To restore files from backup on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Under the This PC section in the left pane, select the external drive with the file backup.
  3. Select the folders with the file to restore.
  4. Click the Copy to menu from the “Home” tab.

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  5. Select the Choose location option.
  6. Select the destination to restore the files — for example, the Documents folder.
  7. Click the Copy button.

After you complete the steps, the files will restore to the new location.

Although you can start a clean installation using the Media Creation Tool without a USB media and even the “Reset this PC” option from the recovery settings, these methods have their limitations and do not always work as expected. The bootable media is the alternative if you want the best possible clean installation method.

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