Install Windows 11 Education or Windows 10 Education Edition at IU

Before proceeding, refer to:


Following the installation instructions below, specifically step 9, will involve completely wiping any existing data on your hard drive. Make sure you've backed up important files and have the installation disks for your software before you proceed past that point.


Any computer purchased since 2016 should be capable of installing Windows 11 (as long as the computer has a TPM 2.0 chip) or Windows 10 (TPM not required). If you to run into issues, check if your computer meets the minimum requirements:

A TPM module is required to install Windows 11. A TPM module is compatible with but not required for Windows 10. For more about TPM, see Trusted Platform Module Technology Overview.

These instructions will guide you through installing the Education Editions of Windows 11 and Windows 10:

  1. To create a flash drive you can use for installation, follow the instructions in Create a bootable flash drive for installing Windows.
  2. Insert the Windows DVD/USB into your computer.
  3. Restart your computer. You should see a message that says, "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD... ". If you see this message, press any key. If Windows starts normally instead, refer to Boot from something other than the hard drive in Windows.
  4. After Windows has finished loading files, you will see the installer screen. Choose your language, time and currency format, and keyboard or input method.
  5. Select Next, and then Install now.
  6. Enter the product key for Windows if prompted, and select Next. For instructions on getting the product key, see You do not have sufficient permission to view this document..
    You are not required to enter the product key now, but if you don't, you'll have to select what version of Windows you are installing in a subsequent step. Make sure to choose Windows 11 Education or Windows 10 Education. You will still have to activate Windows after installation.
  7. Read the license agreement. To agree, check the box and select Next.
  8. Choose the Custom: Install Windows only (Advanced) installation option.
  9. You will see a list of the partitions defined on your hard drive(s). If your computer has more than one physical hard drive, the drives will be displayed as separate disks (for example, Disk 0, Disk 1).
    Follow these instructions only for the disk that contains your existing Windows installation, leaving any others alone. If you are unsure which disk contains your Windows installation, ask for assistance before continuing. Do not format all of the partitions in this menu, but only the partition for Windows.
    1. With the desired partition selected, choose Delete. This will prompt you to erase everything on the partition. Select Yes.
    2. After formatting, select the newly created Unallocated Space and select Next. The Windows installation will begin.
    3. At this point, the process will be automatic for some time. Ensure that the computer is plugged into a power source while you wait.

      Your computer will restart after installation and begin configuring devices and settings. It may restart several times.

  10. When prompted, confirm your previous region and keyboard layout selections. You can add additional keyboard layouts if you wish.
  11. If your computer does not have an active internet connection, you'll be presented with a page offering to connect you to a network. This is not required, but if you are able to connect to a network (either wired or wireless), do so.
  12. Select Next and let the installation process continue.
  13. On the "Choose how you'll connect" screen, choose Join a domain (or Continue with limited setup) and select Continue.
    Limited setup simply means you are not using a Microsoft account to log into a machine; no features are affected.
  14. Enter a name and a password for your local user account. Do not use your IU passphrase. When prompted, set up three security questions to assist with recovering your password should you forget it.
  15. On the next screens, you'll be able to customize various Windows functions. You can always enable/disable these features after installation, so the choices you make here are not final. You may be asked about:
    • Personal Assistant settings: Carefully read the description of the feature, and determine whether you are willing to share the information indicated with Microsoft in exchange for this feature. If so, select Accept; if not, select Decline.
    • Activity history: Select Learn More and read the description of the feature. Determine if you're willing to share that sort of information with Microsoft in exchange for this feature, and then select No or Yes, accordingly.
    • Privacy settings Read the description of each feature, and determine if you're willing to share the indicated information with Microsoft in exchange for the features. If you wish, select Learn More to get a more detailed description of each feature. Turn off any you don't want, and then select Accept.
  16. The process will continue automatically until you have booted into Windows and are viewing the desktop.
  17. Once you have booted into Windows, be sure to adjust the time zone by right-clicking the clock in the system tray. Select Adjust date/time, and change the time zone to your local time zone.

To increase security and performance, follow the steps in What you should do immediately after installing Windows.

For help, contact your campus Support Center.

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