Install windows at iu

Installing Windows via any of these methods, with the exception of refreshing, will permanently delete all data and desktop programs (including Microsoft Office and all others) from your computer. Before proceeding, back up/copy all data files (such as documents, pictures, music, and videos) to a flash drive, external hard drive, or cloud storage. Additionally, you should locate the installation media for your software and your subscription information for third-party software. Why reinstall Windows

• Virus or malware infection: If your computer has been infected with a virus, malware or other type of malicious infection, the only way to fully clean it is to back up your files and reinstall Windows.


Reinstalling Windows is not the same as the Windows System Restore utility, which does not help in the case of a virus or malware infection. If your IU network access has been blocked by the University Information Security Office (UISO) due to a virus infection, you are required to reinstall.

• Slow to the point of being unusable: Over time (especially after a few years), any operating system can become sluggish due to changes that have occurred (e.g., installing/uninstalling programs). If your computer has become slow to the point of being unusable, reinstalling Windows may be the best and quickest solution. Extreme slowness may also be a symptom of infection.

• Recycling, selling, or giving your PC away: If your personal device will no longer be in your possession, you should reinstall Windows to remove your personal information. This does not guarantee that your personal files would not be recoverable, however. Thus, if you have sensitive data on your personal computer, UITS recommends that you securely wipe the disk drive. Be aware that this removes the Windows operating system and license from the device. For departmental computers, see Departmental disposal of old computer equipment at IU.

• Network access blocked due to rootkit: If your network access has been blocked due to a virus infection called a rootkit, nothing mentioned here will fix the problem; UISO will email you with specific instructions for getting rid of the infection.

• For security reasons, you should install Windows or rebuild your Windows computer offline (i.e., unplug your network cable), and then take certain measures to assure its security before putting it back on the network; see Safely rebuild your Windows computer.

• Make sure that upgrading Windows will not result in a voided warranty, loss of service and support, or lack of drivers (software that tells Windows how to manage the hardware components, such as the sound card, video card, touchpad, and others).

• Make sure that your computer is compatible with the version of Windows you wish to install; see methods below for a guide to the various options. This is especially critical if you’re doing a clean install and upgrade, e.g., Windows 7 to Windows 10.

• During the installation process, you will be prompted to enter information such as a name for your computer and an account name and password. This is for the computer’s administrator account, and for security purposes should not be the account you will generally use (you can set up that account later). Keep this in mind as you choose a username and password you’ll be able to remember.

• Warning about potential loss of drivers: A clean installation of Windows includes Microsoft-supplied drivers, which may not be as up-to-date as those supplied by the manufacturer. As a result, some devices may not be detected, and you will need to get drivers from the manufacturer’s site. If you are upgrading to a newer version of Windows (e.g., from Vista to Windows 7 or later), your computer manufacturer may not supply drivers for the new version of Windows, especially if your computer is several years old. Keep in mind that determining the correct drivers for your computer can be a tedious process of trial and error, even for the technically savvy. If you are reinstalling due to an infection, doing so by resetting or via a factory recovery process is both quicker and easier.

• Windows 7 or 8.x to Windows 10: Download the Academic Media Creation Tool, and follow the instructions at Using the tool to upgrade this PC to Windows 10, being sure to run the Academic Media Creation tool, and not the tool on the instructions page.