How To Download Install and use Windows 10

If you’re a PC expert or an IT pro, come on a journey with us and be part of creating the best Windows 10 yet.

Be a part of every step

Join the Windows 10 Insider Program so you can be part of every key moment along the way as we create Windows 10 10. You’ll get Windows 10  , all the builds as soon as they’re available, and an easy-to-use feedback app.

With the Windows 10, you’ll get all the latest Windows 10 preview builds as soon as they’re available. This means you’ll be one of the first to experience the new ideas and concepts we’re building.

In return, we want to know what you think. You’ll get an easy-to-use app to give us your feedback, which will help guide us along the way.

This program is designed exclusively for people who want be involved in the process. So if you want to help us build the best Windows 10 yet, we want you to join us.


A Windows 10 preview for PC experts

Windows 10 Preview is here today, but it’s a long way from done. We’re going to make it faster, better, more fun at get the idea. Join the Windows 10 Insider Program to make sure you get all the new features that are on the way. If you’re okay with a moving target and don’t want to miss out on the latest stuff, keep reading. Windows 10could be just your thing.

Download and install the preview only if you

  • Want to try out software that’s still in development and like sharing your opinion about it.

  • Don’t mind lots of updates or a UI design that might change significantly over time.

  • Really know your way around a PC and feel comfortable troubleshooting problems, backing up data, formatting a hard drive, installing an operating system from scratch, or restoring your old one if necessary.

  • Know what an ISO file is and how to use it.

  • Aren't installing it on your everyday computer.

We're not kidding about the expert thing. So if you think BIOS is a new plant-based fuel, Tech Preview may not be right for you.

Things to keep in mind

Unexpected PC crashes could damage or even delete your files, so you should back up everything. Some printers and other hardware might not work, and some software might not install or work correctly, including antivirus or security programs. You might also have trouble connecting to home or corporate networks.

Also, if your PC runs into problems, Microsoft will likely examine your system files. If the privacy of your system files is a concern, consider using a different PC. For more info, read our privacy statement.

What does it work with?

Windows 10 should work with the same devices and programs that work with Windows  8.1, but you might need to update or reinstall some of them.

Drivers for basic functions like storage, networking, input, and display come with Windows 10. These drivers allow you to complete the Windows 10 installation and connect to the Internet. You might be able to get more drivers from Windows 10 Update.

For compatibility info, see the Windows 10 8.1 Compatibility Center.

If you use a mouse and keyboard

Your apps and devices should work as expected, though of course there will be exceptions. We’d love to know what you think about how the new Windows 10 works with mouse and keyboard and whether it provides the best of new and familiar functionality for Windows 10 and apps.

If you have a touch PC

Windows 10 works with touch, but some things will be rough and unfinished. More touch-friendly improvements are on the way. In the meantime, let us know what it’s like to interact with Windows 10 and apps in the preview.

If you want to go back to your previous operating system

You'll need to reinstall your version of Windows 10 from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC (typically DVD media). If you don't have recovery media:

  • For Windows 10 7 or Windows 10 Vista: Before you update, you might be able to create recovery media from a recovery partition on your PC using software provided by your PC manufacturer. Check the support section of your PC manufacturer's website for more info.

  • For Windows  8.1 or Windows  8: You might be able to create a USB recovery drive. For more info, see Create a USB recovery drive. If you didn’t create a USB recovery drive before you installed the preview, you can create installation media for Windows 10 8.1.


How to use Windows 10

Start here

 Check out this video for a few tips and tricks on using Windows 10 

What’s on the menu?


The Start menu is back—and it’s more personal, more organized, and more fun than before. The full-sized Start screen is here too, and it's easy to switch between them. Your choice.

To get to the Start menu, click the Start button Windows Start button (or press the Start key on your keyboard). Then arrange it however you’d like. Pin folders, contacts, and go-to apps. Move and resize tiles or even resize the Start menu itself.
How To Download Install and use Windows 10

Love it? Pin it.

Pin apps to Start to show live updates on what’s happening in your world, like new email, your next appointment, or the weekend weather.

Click the Start button Windows Start button, click All Apps, right-click or press and hold the app you want to pin, and then click Pin to Start.

To pin a folder, right-click or press and hold it, and then click Pin to Start.

Looking for more apps? Learn how to get more from the Store.

Search for anything, anywhere

Search your PC and the web all at once. Simply open the Start menu and type your search—Windows 10 search will do the rest.

You can also open search from the taskbar. Click the Search button Search button on the taskbar and start typing.

You have the power

The power button is back—right at the top of the Start menu.

Power button in the Start menu

Switch to the Start screen

For a roomier view, try using the touch-friendly Start screen in place of the Start menu.

Start screen

To switch between the Start menu and the Start screen

Be sure to save your work first. You’ll need to sign out of Windows 10 to make this change.

  • Click the Start button Windows Start button, type navigation properties, and then click Navigation properties.
  • Click the Start menu tab, click Use the Start menu instead of the Start screen, and then click OK.

Get apps

Windows 10 Technical Preview comes with great built-in apps for photos, music, movies, and email. The Windows 10 Store has thousands more—from marquee games to apps that help you stay in touch and be more productive.

Explore the Windows 10 Store

Click Store from Start or your taskbar (you'll need an Internet connection and a Microsoft account). Search for the apps you want or check out top apps, categories, and collections, and our latest featured apps and games.

When you’re ready to get an app, click Buy or Try if it’s a paid app, or Install if it’s free.

The Windows Store

Pin your favorites

Pin apps to Start to keep them front and center and see updates like new email, appointment reminders, and the weather. You can also pin apps to your desktop taskbar.

  • In the Start menu, click All Apps. (If you're using the Start screen, click the arrow The arrow button near the lower-left corner or slide up from the middle.)
  • Right-click or press and hold an app, then click Pin to Start or Pin to taskbar.

Pin apps to Start or the taskbar

Using apps

Click the app's options button The more button to do things like search, print, or change settings. The options you see will vary by app.
App options

Take your apps with you

Your apps are yours to install for free on any other PC running Windows 10 Technical Preview or Windows 10 8.1. Sign in to the Store using your Microsoft account, click Account, and then click My apps. Right-click or swipe down on the apps you want to install, and then click Install.

Do more with apps

Work smarter—use the new Task view button The task view button on the taskbar to stay on track.

Switch between apps

Click the Task view button The task view button to quickly switch between open apps. To see several apps at the same time, drag them to the side or corner of the screen. You'll see where the app will snap, along with other apps that can automatically snap next to it.
Switch between apps

Group your apps

Create custom desktops to group apps for productivity, entertainment, or whatever you choose. Click the Task view button The task view button, and then click Add a desktop. Open the apps you want to use on that desktop. Click the Task view button again to switch between desktops.
Create additional desktops

Move apps between monitors

When you’re working with multiple monitors, move the active app between monitors with an easy keyboard shortcut: Windows 10 logo key Windows Start button +Shift+Left Arrow or Right Arrow. The app will jump in the direction of the arrow and land on the next monitor.

Find your files

The new File Explorer Home puts your favorites, recent docs, and the files and folders you use most often all in one place. To get to it, click the File Explorer button on the taskbar.

To find your Documents folder, go to File Explorer, and then open This PC.

Home in File Explorer

Get to your stuff from anywhere

Save your files to OneDrive, the cloud storage that comes with a Microsoft account, to get to them from any PC, tablet, or smartphone.

Simply drag files into the OneDrive folder in File Explorer. When you save a file in Word, Excel, or another app, pick OneDrive as the save location.

To make OneDrive the default save location for all your docs, photos, and videos, go to OneDrive in PC settings.

OneDrive in File Explorer

Share in more ways

Send files using the Share tab. Share via email, over a network, or with other PCs—or share them with another app by using the Share button.

Share tab in File Explorer

Personalize and change settings for windows 10

Change your computer and app settings to make your PC look and act just the way you want.

PC settings

To find the most common settings, click the Start button Windows Start button, type PC settings, and then click PC settings. Browse or search to find the one you want.
PC settings
For more advanced settings, use Control Panel. Click the Start button Windows Start button, type control panel, and then click Control Panel.

App settings

To find app settings, click the options button The more button in the upper-left corner of the app, then click Settings.
App settings

Make it yours

Make your PC feel like home—personalize your account picture and your lock screen.

To add an account picture

  • Click the Start button Windows Start button, type picture, and then click Change your account picture.
  • Click Browse, click the picture you want, and then click Choose Image.

    You’ll see your account picture on the Start menu and other places on your PC.

To change the picture on your lock screen

  • Click the Start button Windows Start button, type picture, and then click Change the picture on your lock screen.
  • Click a picture or click Browse to find a different one.

Action center

The new action center puts important notifications—from your apps and from Windows 10—right on the taskbar. Select the action center icon Action center icon to see what’s new or what you missed—emails, messages, calendar appointments, updates, and more. Select a notification to open the app and see more details.
Notifications in the action center

Remove old notifications

To clear a notification without opening it, point to the notification area and then click the Close button on the right side, or drag the notification to the right. To clear all the notifications for an app, drag the app name to the right.

Closing notifications

Turn off notifications

If you want to take a break from all notifications, right-click (or press and hold) the action center icon Action center icon, select Hide notifications for, and then choose a time period.


  • Looking for the previous Action Center? It’s still there too. Find it in Control Panel or by searching for action center.

Updates and feedback

Join the Windows 10 Program to get more frequent preview builds and send your feedback straight to the people building Windows 10.

Once you’re an Insider, choose how often you'll get new builds. With more frequent updates, you'll see the latest features sooner, but you're more likely to run into bugs.

Then, use the Windows 10 Feedback app to tell us which features you love, which features you could do without, or when something could be better.

And check out the forum. This is a vibrant community where you can interact with Microsoft engineers and fellow Insiders. Get answers from experts, see what issues are trending, and be an active member of a community that will make Windows 10 the best it can be.

To set when and how often you get new builds

  • Click the Start button Windows Start button, type update settings, and then click Windows 10 Update settings.
  • Click Preview builds, click the top list, and then select Fast or Slow.

  • Click Change the time my PC installs preview builds, and then select what time you want builds to be installed.

To use the Feedback app

  • Click the Start button Windows Start button, type Windows 10 Feedback, and then click Windows 10 Feedback.
  • Pick the category that most closely matches your feedback (so it gets to the right people quickly). For example, if you want to give feedback about the Music app, click Apps, and then click Music.

    Image of feedback app with a category selected
  • Type a few keywords to see if someone else has given similar feedback. If you find similar feedback, click it, add more details if you want, and then click Me too! If you don't see similar feedback, click New feedback.

    Image of feedback app with customer feedback
  • Enter your feedback (the more details the better!), add a screenshot if you can, and you're done.

We’ll ask for feedback too

We want to get your feedback in real time, so we’ll occasionally ask you questions while you’re using Windows 10. For example, if you open up the new Start menu and rearrange the tiles, we’ll ask what you thought about it.

Image of feedback request

Click the prompt and we’ll ask a few questions about what you think of the feature or scenario. And don’t worry about hurting our feelings—be honest!

How To Download Install and use Windows 10

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