Window 10 Quick Install Guide

lenovo110s-11ibrThis 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 ).

The basic installation applies to most laptops/PCs where you want to install Windows 10.



You will need the following –

  • Your device!
  • A Laptop or PC where you can install the Windows image creator.
  • 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.

You will need to do the first few steps on a laptop/PC with an internet connection.

Step 1.

Go to – and download the tool to create the Windows 10 installation media.

Step 2.

Once installed, run the tool.

Follow the basic prompts and default settings until the page ‘What do you want to do’ select ‘Create Installation for another PC’.

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.

Step 3.

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.

Step 4.

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.  For other devices, please scroll down to ‘Generic Instructions’

  1. Shut down the laptop.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. Windows 10 installation will now start.
  5. Select Language, Time/Currency and Input method and select Next
  6. 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)
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. 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).
  10. 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.

Generic Instructions.

The following instructions are more generic for installation of Windows 10 onto other hardware.

  1. Shut down the device.
  2. Boot with the USB Drive connected – You may need to select a boot option applicable to your device, this varies on the device but can include pressing one of the following F2, F10, Escape or F12 – If you miss it, hold the power button until the system turns off – then go back to number 1 and try again with a different key.
  3. Windows 10 installation will now start.
  4. Select Language, Time/Currency and Input method and select Next
  5. 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)
  6. On the next screen you will see a selection of drives and a question of where you’d like to install – If  this is a new drive then you should see just one option and can skip to the next section.  If you are doing a fresh install on an existing drive then this is the point of no return, select each partition in turn and then select the delete option. This will delete any data on the existing drive.
  7. Select the drive and then select next – Windows may ask about creating needed system drives click OK – Windows should then install on the new drive.
  8. 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).
  9. Congratulations, you’ve installed Windows 10.
  10. You may find it necessary to download additional device drivers from the manufacturers site.  If you have an Intel based chipset you can download their driver installation app which will then download and install the relevant drivers for your system.

38 thoughts on “Window 10 Quick Install Guide

  1. Tony January 12, 2018 / 5:18 pm

    Thanks very much for this. Having installed a 128Gb M.2 SATA drive in my son’s Lenovo 110s Ideapad, I used this guide to perform a clean install of Windows 10 on the new drive. It’s all now fine, though I had two issues.

    The first was that I couldn’t initially create the installation drive, as I kept getting error 0x80042405-0xA001A. After I bit of research, I downloaded the Media Creation Tool to the USB drive and ran it from there, which worked perfectly.

    The second issue was that the install put the Efi Service Partition and the Recovery Partition on the original (32GB eMMC) drive and for some reason I couldn’t format the rest of the drive and use it. I managed to recreate the ESP on the larger drive in front of the Windows Partition using Diskpart and Bcdboot on the command line. I think I’ve managed to recreate the Recovery Partition behind Windows and have now produced a system image and recovery drive (though I’m aware I could probably have used the install drive as a recovery drive).

    Anyway, I couldn’t have done it without this guide, Thanks so much.


    • GFR2 January 13, 2018 / 10:02 am

      No worries, I’m glad the guide could help!


  2. Anita Guerra January 26, 2018 / 4:59 pm

    This old grandma needs some more guidance. I, too, had the issue with Windows updates on my Ideapad 110s/11IBR and found your prior post and have elected to do the fresh install since there is little on the Ideapad currently.

    I am not particularly computer savvy, though I follow directions quite well.
    I installed the new SSD and when I rebooted Windows did not say “Hey, you have new stuff”, though it does show up in Disk Management. I assume I have to format the SSD and assign a drive letter before I follow this guide. I am guessing I use the “New Simple Volume Wizard”, but I don’t know what settings to select.
    Help please?

    I have backed up my files externally.

    When I reinstall Windows on the SSD will it make the SSD the C drive, does it matter?

    This is the SSD I installed: Silicon Power 120GB M55 M.2 2280 SSD With R/W Up To 560/530MB/s (SLC Cache for Speed Boost) SATA III Internal Solid State Drive for Ultrabooks and Tablets (SP120GBSS3M55M28)


    • GFR2 January 26, 2018 / 5:40 pm

      As you are going to install fresh you won’t need to worry about assigning a drive letter – But the fact that you can see the drive in Disk Management means you are ready for the installation.
      So providing you are happy with your backup and have created the bootable installation media as per steps 1-3 then you are ready for step 4.
      Step 4 will guide you through installing onto the SSD, and as part of this installation it will create the C drive on the SSD.
      Just make sure you follow the guide for doing a custom install so you can wipe the onboard drive – this is part 7 of Step 4 in the guide.
      If you get stuck, drop me a message on twitter (@gfr2reviews) or here.
      The good thing about doing a fresh install is if at any stage you do something wrong you can just reboot from the USB drive and start again at step 4.
      Good Luck!


      • Anita Guerra January 26, 2018 / 9:09 pm

        Just to clarify… I do not need to format it either? It does not show up in “My Computer”, just disk management as Disk 0, 111.79 GB, Unallocated.
        So, off to step 4?


        • GFR2 January 26, 2018 / 9:16 pm

          Thats right, during the install it’ll do all this for you. It’ll show as an unpartitioned volume and you’ll also see either 3 or 4 partitions on the smaller drive.
          If for your piece of mind you want to see it available before taking the plunge then in Disk Management you need to create a simple volume – take all the default prompts and it’ll assign a drive letter and do a quick format at the end.
          If you don’t see the option to create a new volume and it shows as offline, right click where it says offline and select initialise, again select all the default settings.


          • Anita Guerra January 26, 2018 / 9:19 pm

            Many thanks. I will do this tonight/tomorrow morning and report back.


  3. Anita Guerra January 27, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    Victory! Of note: I could not create the Installation Media on the Ideapad, it never gave me the option of installing it on the USB drive, only the original, smaller drive! This was true even when I installed and ran the Media Creation Tool from the USB drive as Tony did. So, I created it on my desktop and everything else was a piece of cake! Rapid-fire pressing of F12 opened the boot menu for me.
    Thank you so much for your generous help. Happy 2018 to you!


    • GFR2 January 27, 2018 / 9:56 pm

      Excellent news, glad to hear you got it all sorted with minimal issues. Just out of curiosity were you using a USB 2.0 or 3.0 drive and was it plugged into the left or right side of the Ideapad? Might just be how Windows did/didn’t see the USB drive.


  4. Anita Guerra January 27, 2018 / 10:47 pm

    I used a 3.0 and plugged it into the left side, the one with a blue, rather than black, spacer.
    (That’s a technical term i just made up – “spacer”! Hah!)


  5. Anita Guerra January 27, 2018 / 10:51 pm

    Wait, that’s not true. When doing the media creation, I may have had it (still a 3.0) in the right side with the black spacer. But when I did the clean install I used the left side.


    • GFR2 January 28, 2018 / 9:20 am

      The black slot represents USB 2.0 and the blue represents USB 3.0. Is your desktop USB 3.0?


      • Anita Guerra January 28, 2018 / 2:44 pm

        It is not. I guess that was the problem. But, all’s well that ends well. Thank you again for your kind assistance.


        • GFR2 January 28, 2018 / 3:14 pm

          It’s interesting to know and may help some others if they have an issue and stumble upon these comments. I’m glad I could help. 🙂


  6. Michele March 4, 2018 / 10:08 am

    Please help! I installed an ADATA SU800 M2 2280 SATA 128 SSD, with no issues and I am now trying to do the fresh install of windows. I followed your instructions to make the USB media (no problems) then I changed the boot order to the SSD and installed from the USB. Now, after I get all the way to step 9 the computer restarts and goes back to the “Windows Setup” screen again. I have redone the steps numerous times, all with the same result. If I take the USB out then it goes to a screen that says “Boot Menu” and shows:
    1. Windows Boot Manager
    2. ATA HDD: ADATA SU800NS38
    3. eMMC: Hynix 32GB

    None of which work if selected. Then when I put the USB back in and restart I am back to doing the installation and the process starts again.

    I have installed/reinstalled windows before on other laptops and have never had this issue before. PLEASE HELP!


    • GFR2 March 4, 2018 / 10:13 am

      When you installed from USB, did you remove all the existing drives so that you only had 2 options to install Windows on? (One large drive and one small drive).


  7. Ida April 3, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    I have got as far as Windows Setup and where to install Windows. I deleted the other partitions but now can’t install on the new drive and get a message that says; ‘Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table on EFI, Windows can only be installed to GPT disk’
    Please help! What do I do now?


    • GFR2 April 3, 2018 / 7:51 pm

      This sounds as though you didn’t delete all the partitions on the drive, basically your drive should show as 1 large ‘unallocated space’, when you select this to install Windows it will automatically create any additional system drives. Also check your BIOS and see if the HDD/SSD is in legacy mode, if it is then change the setting so its not. (This varies from BIOS to BIOS).


      • Ida April 3, 2018 / 9:30 pm

        Thanks you are right, I thought I only had to delete partitions on the drives I didn’t need. Once I deleted all the partitions, including on the new one, it worked straight away and Windows installed.
        Thanks for your help, I would never have attempted the upgrade without your easy to follow instructions and photos.


  8. Romain April 10, 2018 / 10:22 pm


    Thanks for the great step by step guidelines but I come across an issue.

    After launching the media creation tool and selecting the language etc I don’t have the option to select the hard drive. It says I don’t have enough space on C.

    Any ideas what I could do to be able to select the external hard drive that is plugged in?



    • GFR2 April 10, 2018 / 10:32 pm

      Are you using a USB flash drive 8GB or larger as the target for the creation tool to use?


      • Romain April 11, 2018 / 6:49 pm

        Yes I do, it’s a Toshiba external hard drive 500gb.

        I tried to reset the laptop to start fresh but even right after the installation was completed I had only 4gb free.


        • Romain April 19, 2018 / 8:41 am

          I eventually got it sorted!

          I had to download Windows 10 update from Microsoft website using another laptop, then installing the latest version of Windows onto the lenovo from the USB stick.
          After the latest version was installed I finally had those free 8gb! That was the hardest part for me. Then followed your instructions above and all done 🙂

          Thanks again for the guidelines and time coming back to us.


    • Ryan April 13, 2018 / 11:39 pm

      I’m having the same issue. USB is 16GB and I have tried all USB ports on the Ideapad and never get the option to choose where to save the media – only that I don’t have enough space on the C:/ drive.

      This is my kids’ laptop and I’m being quickly reminded why I stopped getting Windows machines about 10 years ago.


      • GFR2 April 14, 2018 / 9:13 am

        There are a couple of things to try to maybe free up some more space to enable the media to download (assuming you don’t have access to another Windows PC/Laptop) – 1/ Uninstall any apps you don’t need. 2/ Do an advanced disk clean-up and remove any system files/ updates in the list. 3/ As a last resort, turn on disk compression on the drive, it may take a while to run but could return some good results, there will be a performance hit but as you will be rebuilding it’ll only be a temporary thing.


  9. Leo April 15, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    I entered into the same issue with the USB drive (US flash drive) as other users (message: free up storage space on C, without even giving me an option to choose the USB). At first I thought that this might be an issue with the ports. There are a couple of online forms with discussions concerning this problem, and the possible incompatibility of for example a SanDisk USB stick with Microsoft. However, the problem here is rather simple. In order to install the “Installation tool” on the USB Microsoft needs some space on the C-drive. My solution: I went to a different computer, actually my desk top PC and created the USB drive there. Worked like a charm, although I didn’t dare to use a SanDisk. I then plugged the USB drive into the Lenovo, and followed the instructions. It worked out pretty nice. Only one thing I had to do afterwords: allocate a letter to the old 32GB drive, otherwise it wouldn’t show in the explorer. (Here is how: click right on “This PC”, click on “Manage”, click on “Disk Management” (under “Storage”), right click on the old disk and create a new volume (just accept all proposed options).


  10. Peter Jankowski July 29, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    Excellent, thanks my ideapad 110s now works like a dream


    • GFR2 July 29, 2018 / 9:32 pm

      No worries, I’m glad you found it useful.


  11. Craig August 11, 2018 / 8:39 am

    Hi, I installed the 64bit version of windows 10 and everything installed fine. I grabbed all the drivers for the 110S-11IBR off of the lenovo site, but my touchpad is not working now. I found a “PS/2 Port Compatible Pointing Device” that shows up in the device manager under “Mouse and other pointing devices” with a yellow exclamation point. Did you have to do anything special to get your touchpad working after the install?




    • GFR2 August 11, 2018 / 9:35 am

      I didn’t need any additional drivers after install, everything worked using default Windows drivers. But as I am me, I did use OEM drivers where possible.

      There are 2 things to try –

      1/ Uninstall the device and reboot, then on restart let Windows do its thing and see what it installs.

      2/ Did you manually grab the drivers or did you use the Lenovo update utility? I installed the update utility to grab all my drivers, if you’ve ever had the pleasure of working on Toshiba or HP devices you’ll know they both have multiple versions of drivers for the same laptop and it can be a bit of guesswork!


      • Craig August 11, 2018 / 6:12 pm

        Do you happen to remember what version of windows 10 that you installed at the time? Mine is Windows 10 Home, Version 1803, OS build 17134.191.


        • GFR2 August 11, 2018 / 6:20 pm

          Mine was Windows 10 Home Creators Edition, so version 1703.


          • Craig August 11, 2018 / 8:54 pm

            Hmmm…I wonder if there is a difference somehow. I downloaded the lenovo update utility and it didn’t install anything that made the touch pad work. And of course the actual touch pad drivers didnt make it work either. Could I bother you to tell me what you touch pad comes up as in the device manager? Is it synaptic or Elan? Sorry to be a bother but I’m just trying to get as much info as I can to somehow figure this out.


          • Craig August 12, 2018 / 6:57 pm

            I tried installing that version but it said that it was not for my device so I tried installing it manually which came up as a ELAN pointing device but had the exclamation and not working. I think I’m going to reinstall the 1703 version again, but this time leave it off-line until I can install that driver on it. I wish I could find a recovery image from a working device. The one I ordered and downloaded from Lenovo did not install properly ever. I know my device is fine because it worked fine before I did the clean install. Lenovo support wants 70 bucks for physical media which they say comes with the drivers. That is outrageous and probably just a money making scheme. Thanks again for all your help!


  12. Mitchell August 14, 2018 / 5:59 am

    I successfully followed your blog and was able to install the SSD and Windows 10 onto my Lenovo, however I can’t see the original 32 GB drive as you mentioned. In the last part of the instruction you said that it is easy to recover; can you explain?


    • GFR2 August 14, 2018 / 7:51 am

      If you go into Windows Disk Management are you able to see the 32GB SSD there? It might show as an empty uninitialised disk, if it does you need to initialise it, format it and assign a drive letter.


      • Mitchell August 14, 2018 / 8:47 pm

        Thank you. I was able to find it and reinitialize it.


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