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).
- Make sure you’ve bought a Windows 10 licence key before you do anything!
- You will need to wipe your hard disk completely – this is because the partitions needed by Windows are in a different format.
- 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
- 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
- Make a Windows 10 install USB at https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10
- Boot the new PC with that
- After putting in your licence key, choose ‘Custom Install’ and pick the Windows drive
- Oh, and it takes ages