Hello, I have a few questions about Windows 10 installation. So, I bought a PC, but the HDD seems to not be working (it makes all sorts of squeaky back and forth noises, and the pc says that there is no hard drive, so it might be corrupt, I checked all the cables though), so I swapped it to other HDD that is working and is empty (formatted). What file do I need to download to a USB drive to install Windows 10? Is it the Windows 10 .iso file or is it the Media Creation tool. I am confused between the two. Also do I need to have internet connection when in the process of installation? I am doing a clean install, and I don’t have a product key, so will I be able to install it without a key? Thank you.
This topic was modified 2 weeks, 3 days ago by jaisonpink.
If an activated copy of Windows 10 has previously been on the PC, and the hardware signature has not changed too much (normally 3 component changes), then it may automatically activate online – I have done this with various laptops.