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How to install Windows 10

Preparation

You need a USB-Drive with a minimum 3GB free space.

Installation Files

Microsoft has released a download tool for Windows 10.

  1. Download the tool from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
  2. Attach the USB-Stick to your computer
  3. Start the tool and select your USB-Drive
  4. The tool will download and copy the files and make the USB-Stick boot-able.

Install Windows 10

Start your computer and boot from the USB-Drive. When the installation starts select “customize settings” and take a close look at the different options.

During the installation you can skip entering the Product Key and do it later when Windows is running properly. If your computer was already activated (previous Windows 10, or Windows 7 installation) you will never have to enter a Product Key.

Quick Install Applications

You should use a package manager to quickly install applications on windows. I will be using chocolatey

Install Chocolatey

  1. Open a cmd with Administrator Privileges (Windows Key > type “cmd” > Shift + Ctrl + Enter)
  2. Copy and Paste following script:
@powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command "iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString('https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1'))" && SET PATH=%PATH%;%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\\chocolatey\\bin

Install your programs

  1. Visit the chocolatey site to find packages (http://www.chocolatey.org)
  2. Open a cmd with Administrator Privileges
  3. Create your own script that looks something like this:
  4. choco install -y googlechrome vlc skype 7zip

Optimizations

Remove Preinstalled Apps

You may not need many of the preinstalled Applications. Some Apps you can remove using the control panel. However, Microsoft apps like “Mail” cannot be removed using the control panel. To remove them you need to using an elevated Powershell (Windows Key > “Powershell” > Ctrl-Shift-Enter)

To remove a package

Step 1

First List all available packages Get-AppxPackage

Step 2

Use the name of the package, only one package should be selected Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Photos

Step 3

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Photos | Remove-AppxPackage Note: It is not recommended to remove the Windows Store. It is rumored that you then cannot install anymore Windows updates after that.

Remove all Packages

As alternative run following command to remove all Apps (excluding the Windows Store). Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | where-object {$_.name –notlike “\*store\*”} | Remove-AppxPackage

Note: This command may also remove components you actually would like to keep It is better to create a controlled powershell script to remove only the apps you do not want.

Disable UAC (User Account Control)

Assuming you are a power user and you know what you are doing with Windows. You can disable the User Account Control using the elevated Powershell console. With this oneliner, you can disable UAC on your computer.

Set-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\policies\\system -Name EnableLUA -Value 0

(Restart required)