This is a quick guide for installing Windows 10 onto an existing system after hardware changes (Such as after installing an SSD in a Lenovo IdeaPad 110S – Storage Upgrade ).
You will need the following –
- Your device!
- USB Key of at least 8GB in size
- Internet Connection
This is a quick guide, not a hard and fast set of instructions – You are responsible for ensuring you have made backups of your data and applications as I won’t be held responsible for any data loss that could happen.
I will assume you are doing this on the device you are wishing to re-install, but it’s also possible to do the initial part on another machine.
Go to – https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10 and download the tool to create the Windows 10 installation media.
Run the tool and on the page ‘What do you want to do’ select ‘Create Installation for another PC’ – This can be done on the device you want to upgrade or another device you plan to upgrade.
You then select the language, edition (Select Windows 10) and architecture (32/64 bit) – A note on this, 32 Bit architecture can only support 4GB or less of RAM, so if you have more than 4GB and select this it will install, but you’ll only ever use 4GB of RAM and no more.
Personally I always install the 64 Bit version, even on the Lenovo IdeaPad 110S-11IBR – works like a dream.
Select the destination media – In this case USB Flash Drive, this will WIPE the drive, so make sure it’s empty to begin with!
And now wait, the amount of time waiting will be dependant on the speed of your internet connection – This stage is downloading the ISO image ready to deploy to the USB drive.
Once the tool has successfully download and created the installation media, you’ll be able to install Windows.
This is now assuming you are going to install Window 10 on the new SSD in the Lenovo, first of all, plug it into the mains – this is to prevent it running out of battery during installation.
- Shut down the laptop.
- Boot into BIOS (Fn + F2) and check you have set the new SSD is the main boot device, if not edit and save the settings.
- Boot with the USB Drive connected – You may need to press Fn + F12 to get to the boot menu (Other combinations may be Fn + F10)
- Windows 10 installation will now start.
- Select Language, Time/Currency and Input method and select Next
- On the next screen, select Custom : Install Windows Only (Note – this will wipe all the drives in your device, only proceed if you are sure this is what you want to do)
- On the next screen you will see a selection of drives and a question of where you’d like to install – This is the point of no return, select each partition in turn and then select the delete option. When complete you should have only 2 options remaining, a smaller 30GB(ish) drive and a larger drive roughly matching the size of the M.2 SSD you have installed (Drive size rounding will always mean it’ll show as a smaller drive than stated).
- Select the Larger drive and then select next – Windows may ask about creating needed system drives click OK – Windows should then install on the new drive.
- Follow the prompts and the laptop will reboot a couple of times and then take you through the final stages of setup (account creation etc).
- Congratulations, you’ve installed Windows 10 and your new M.2 SSD – You should also find a second drive listed in My Computer which is the 32GB drive, if not, it’s a quick 2 minute task to make it available to Windows.
You should find all drives etc have been loaded and everything is running correctly – If like me you want the latest drivers, then head over to the Lenovo site to obtain these.