Installing Windows 10 over Linux (Ubuntu)


I have an Intel NUC that I’d installed Ubuntu on, and now I have decided to install Windows 10 over the top of it so the kids can use it.

I have just spent a merry two hours trying to work this out – so here are some top tips for anyone else trying to sort this. You’ll need another PC to work alongside the one you’re reformatting, and a couple of USB sticks (ideally 3).

  1. Make sure you’ve bought a Windows 10 licence key before you do anything!
  2. You will need to wipe your hard disk completely – this is because the partitions needed by Windows are in a different format.
  3. Follow the instructions at https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/hardware/commercialize/manufacture/desktop/winpe-create-usb-bootable-drive to make a bootable USB drive. Stick this USB into the machine you want to repurpose, and boot from that USB
  4. Follow the instructions at https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/hardware/commercialize/manufacture/desktop/configure-uefigpt-based-hard-drive-partitions#relatedsamplefiles – I found a separate USB stick was good to install this. I also had to use guesswork to find out what drive letter it was on. Also, unplug your Windows PE USB before running the DiskPart script
  5. Make a Windows 10 install USB at https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10
  6. Boot the new PC with that
  7. After putting in your licence key, choose ‘Custom Install’ and pick the Windows drive
  8. Oh, and it takes ages
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About saasmd

I am an experienced software-as-a-service entrepreneur, based in London, UK. I love building interesting software businesses. My current venture is StorIQ, a platform to help bricks-and-mortar retailers manage their operations more effectively. This blog is a space to share low-level techie stuff that I think other people will find useful.
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