Windows 10 – new PC, so first time from scratch.


I am finally breaking down and upgrading the hardware at home (will hopefully be the first of 2 new machines). Machine currently on the way comes with Win10 Home and my plan is to upgrade to Pro. Any recommendations on the order to do things once I get it out of the box such as

(1) Set configurations/setup on Home

(2) Update Home to current

(3) Create a recovery image to be safe

(4) Upgrade in place to Pro

I have used 10 at work but that is pretty locked down, so I don’t really have experience with getting it up and running in my home environment. Anything I am doing that I shouldn’t, missing, doing out of sequence, etc.?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Comments (6)

6 responses to “Windows 10 – new PC, so first time from scratch.”

  1. wright_is

    We buy Pro machines at work and just blow them away and install a new Pro image from scratch - no manufacturer gunk.

    We use a Windows staging server, but doing it direct from ISO is the way I would do it at home.

  2. jean

    personally I'd start with evaluating the need to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro:

    and then likely skip that

    • Alastair Cooper

      I will only touch Pro or above because of the group policy settings that allow me to properly turn off the stuff I don't need.

  3. navarac

    If you are a Thurrott Premium Member, I recommend Paul's article. here: