How to Reinstall Windows 10 After Hard Drive Replacement?

Follow these simple steps to reinstall Windows

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  • Replacing an old hard drive is an excellent way to boost your PC performance.
  • However, always back up your data before making significant changes to your computer.
  • This guide will walk you through different ways to reinstall Windows 10.
How to Reinstall Windows 10 After Hard Drive Replacement

If your computer has undergone hard drive replacement and you are wondering how to reinstall Windows 10, then you are at the right place. 

This guide will discuss step-by-step processes to reinstall Windows using a USB flash drive. Let’s begin! 

What can I do to reinstall Windows 10 after a hard drive replacement?

Before diving into the detailed steps, make sure you check these things: 

Once you have checked these things, follow all the steps to get Windows 10 installed.

1. Create a bootable drive

  1.  Go to the Windows website. Select Windows 10 from the list.
  2. Under Create Windows 10 installation media, click Download Now.Download now
  3. Double-click on the MediaCreationTool22H2.exe file to run the setup. Then, click Yes on UAC prompt.
  4. On the setup wizard, click Accept to proceed.Windows 10 setup - How to Reinstall Windows 10 After Hard Drive Replacement
  5. Select Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC. Click Next.Setup 3
  6. Select Language, Edition and Architecture on the next page and click Next.Setup 4
  7. Now select USB flash drive, and click Next. USB flash drive
  8. It will list your USB drive; if it is the one you want, click Next. If not, click Refresh drive list, select the drive, and click Next. USB flash drive
  9. The setup will download Windows; it might take a while.
  10. Once completed, you will get Your USB flash drive ready prompt. Click Finish.USB drive ready

2. Install Windows on the new hard drive

Tip icon Tip
If your computer doesn’t boot from the flash drive, you need to enter BIOS and change the settings to allow the computer to boot from USB.
  1. Insert the flash drive into your computer with the new hard drive and turn it on.
  2. Select the language to install and other details on the setup window, then click Next.Install page
  3. Click Install Now to start.
  4. The following window will ask you to enter the product key. Enter the product key, or click the I don’t have a product key option if you have a digital license.I don’t have a product key
  5. On the next page, click Accept. Click Next.
  6. Now choose Custom: Install Windows only(advanced) for a clean install.Custom install
  7. Choose the unallocated space and click Next.unallocated space
  8. The setup tool will install Windows OS. This might take several minutes; you must wait for the process to finish. 

So, these are steps to reinstall Windows 10 after hard drive replacement. Follow these steps closely to install Windows successfully.

Please let us know if these steps worked for you or if you have any other actions that deserve to be on the list in the comments section below.