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What Are The Basics of Replacing Windows 

What Are The Basics of Replacing Windows

Every version of Microsoft Windows is replaced on a computer by using some similar steps as we are going to discuss in this article. While there are steps are some steps to return the process and guidelines that will help you replace the windows on your computer.

Note:-If you replace the hard drive in your computer, you need to reinstall your computer’s windows again. 

If you are replacing your computer’s motherboard, You may need a new licensed copy of your windows to replace it. Microsoft has designed the current version of windows to be attached to the motherboard of the computers when Windows will be installed. So if you change the Motherboard, the existing license will be damaged, or the product key may not be valid for a long time. 

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If you wish to replace your windows and upgrade to the newest version of windows on your computer, the steps on the page will help you with the up-gradation process.

The Windows replacement process should recognize if you already have the older version of your windows installed on your computer and ask if you want to upgrade to the New and fresh install. The replacement and up-gradation of the newer Windows operating system files over the old ones preserve your files.

The steps mentioned below will help replace the windows for all the recent versions of Windows, including Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. The steps will also apply to earlier versions (e.g., Windows 95) as long as you use the Disc Version. The replacement and installation of the Floppy Diskette Version are Similar, But it indeed requires some of the additional steps.


The guidelines for installing the windows for the server include different and additional steps based on the type of server and the window’s Version. Check Hardware Compatibility 

Before replacing or Upgrading Windows on your Desktop or laptop, You have to check whether the Hardware in your computer is compatible with the latest version of Windows running in the market. Microsoft gives a Windows Compatible Products List to check if your computer’s hardware is compatible with the chosen version of windows or not. 

Suppose you find out that the pieces of your hardware in your computer are not easily complying with the chosen Windows version. In that case, We, as an expert, recommend you replace your computer’s hardware with compatible hardware. Operating on compatible Hardware in your computer will ensure that the Windows install or Upgrade process is successful or not.

Genuine Windows CD, DVD, or USB Thumb Drive.

Firstly, You need to have an original copy of the Microsoft Windows Operating system replacement/installation CD, DVD, or USB thumb drive. A genuine Windows product key comes with the installation disc, which will be required to activate the Windows after the replacement/installation. In case you have an OEM computer, the product key of the windows will be on the back or side of the computer. 

If you are operating on an OEM computer like (Acer, Dell, HP, etc.) The computer will not be running on the genuine Windows CD, DVD, or USB thumb drive. Instead, you have to reinstall Windows and all the software using a hidden partition or a set of restore discs. The steps mentioned in this article will still work, but you need a copy of genuine windows with you if You can Borrow a friend’s Windows Disc, as long as it’s the same version of Windows that came with the computer and have the same product key. 


With the early versions of windows, You should not download a copy of Windows to install on your computer. You have to purchase a physical copy of the newer version of Windows to replace the older one. Suppose you are replacing windows 8 and planning to move to upgraded windows 10. Windows 10 Creation tool can be downloaded to create a USB thumb Drive or Bootable disc. 

Steps to Replace or install Windows

To start the Windows replacement or Upgradation Process, you need to connect your computer to your boot from a CD or DVD before booting it to the hard drive. 

By changing the boot process forces the computer to look on the windows installation disc before you try to boot from the hard drive. 

Open the setup Of CMOS. 

By Changing the computer’s boot order.  If you are trying to boot from the disc, set the first boot device as the CD, DVD, or Disc drive. If you are trying to boot from a USB thumb drive, you have to set the first boot device to your USB drive. If, in some cases, the drive is not shown, Keep the disc inserted and try to reboot the computer.  BIOS should recognize and include it in the list with the disc in the drive. 

Save it in the settings and Change and Exit BIOS. After upgrading your boot order, You can start with the Windows up-gradation process. Place the Windows Disc in the CD/ DVD or USB thumb drive into the back of the computer 

 Turn on or try restarting the computer. As the computer turns on, It should detect the disc installation or drive installation and display a message similar to Press any key to boot from CD. Press any key on your keyboard to have the computer boot from the Windows disc or drive. 

After the installation of windows begins, There are several questions that you may need to answer. Select either Yes or the appropriate option to install Windows.

Install note

Make sure that you click on the full install option and not the Repair or Upgraded option. When asked on the screen of your computer which partition of the windows you want to install on your computer, select the main partition, which is usually the C: Drive or one labeled “Unallocated partition. “ If Upgrading Windows, select the existing installation of Windows on the Hard drive. 

 You may get asked for that if you want to erase all the content on the Hard drive, then install the windows. We suggest you choose this option, as it also clears the memory of the Hard drive to allow the Windows operating system to be installed.


You may use all the erase content options to effectively Uninstall the existing version of Windows on the hard drive, Then reinstall the windows on your computer.  The computer may get the need to restart several times during the installation process of windows.

 When the installation process is near completion, The windows configuration option screens are displayed on your computer screen. On these screens, You may get asked to select the time zone you are living in, Your preferable language, and the name of the account you are using to access Windows. Select the appropriate options and enter the correct information on each configuration screen.

The Windows installation process is completed When the computer prompts you to log in or when it loads into windows. 

Final Windows and Computer Configuration 

After the windows are installed on your computer, You need to install the drivers and related software for Hardware on your computer. The installation discs that came with the hardware can be used, or you can also download the drivers from the hardware manufacturer’s Website. It is highly recommended that the latest drivers for each piece of hardware should be installed.

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So Finally, download and install any available Windows Updates. Replacing the current Windows of your Computer will improve the performance of your computer and will also enhance the memory of your Computer.

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