Use Windows 10 instead of Zorin OS

In the case of laptops that we have equipped with Zorin OS, we could not conclusively determine whether a valid Windows licence is stored. However, the restrictions are minimal and the system can still be used well. In this case, we recommend purchasing an official Windows licence.

It may be that Zorin OS is not the right operating system for you because, for example, you need Windows 10 because of school. We have therefore put together a simple video explaining how you can install it.

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1. start the Windows 10 installation wizard

Search for "Windows 10" on your PC and start the application. If you do not have the programme, you can download the installation programme here: Windows 10 Installer


2. follow the instructions in the wizard

The installation wizard should guide you cleanly. Make absolutely sure that you have saved all data somewhere where you can use it again later. For example:

  • Another USB stick
  • Google Drive
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • External hard disk

ATTENTIONAs soon as you start the installation, all data on the laptop and the USB stick used will be lost. Make sure that you have saved all important files somewhere (see point 2 of these instructions).


3. installation of Windows 10

As soon as the laptop restarts, Windows 10 is installed on the USB stick. Your laptop should then restart and the installation should start automatically.

If this does not work, you may have to select that the laptop starts on the USB stick. This can be done on many laptops by pressing either the F9 key or ESC several times directly after the start.) Then you have to look for the so-called boot options and select the USB stick.

The Windows 10 installer should provide you with all the important information so that you can now continue on your own.


4. after the installation

Once Windows 10 has been installed, you will have to be patient for a few minutes. It is possible that your laptop still has to download a few important programmes. After the installation, check whether the following things work:

  • Camera
  • Speakers
  • Microphone

With more modern laptops, these things should work without any problems. If your laptop has a few years under its belt, Windows 10 may now need a few additional programmes. A driver is the programme that allows the laptop to use a camera, for example. If something doesn't work, you probably don't have the appropriate driver.

This is how you do it:

 1. find out which laptop you own

Your laptop may be labelled on the screen or below the keyboard (e.g. "HP EliteBook 840" or "Lenovo Yoga X1"). If you can't find a model there, look on the back of the laptop. If you are still stuck, click on the Windows symbol at the bottom left and search for "System information". As soon as you select this option, a window should open. Here you will find the exact model.

 2. search for the appropriate drivers

With the model name, you can now search the Internet for the appropriate drivers. If the camera does not work, you can search Google for "Dell Latitude E6540 camera driver", for example. You should then get some search results.

Make sure that you always download these drivers from the website that is also the manufacturer of the laptop. Unfortunately, there are many sites that will try to install harmful programmes for you. You can easily recognise this by the URL (website name). 

Some manufacturers (e.g. HP) also offer driver tools that can help you to find the right drivers. Here is the link: HP Driver Downloads 

3. install the driver

After you have downloaded the correct driver, you can install it in a few steps. Since a different procedure is required depending on the driver and the problem, we would like to link you to a video that shows the procedure: Install driver

 4. restart your laptop

Once everything has been installed, you will be asked in most cases if you want to restart the laptop. If this is not the case (and your device still does not work), restart the laptop again.

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