Seeing constantly a loading logo could be frustrated for most of the users while installing Windows 10 on your computer machine.

If you are trying to install Windows 10 on your PC and would want to know how long does it take to install Windows 10 then you have come to the right place.

I will briefly explain the factors which can play an important role in calculating the time for Windows 10 installation procedure.

However, there is no fixed time limit as you know it depends on the hard disk, processor and RAM etc., on your computer.

How long does it take to download Windows 10?

How long does it take to install Windows 10
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As you have already known that the time depends on your internet speed or server speed and many other components and configuration of your computer.

Most likely the speed of the Microsoft update server must be around 10 Mbps per connection.

But if you are trying to install Windows 10 manually, then you can download third-party software that not only downloads the file from a server but also can increase the speed of downloading.

IDM (Internet download manager.)
IDM (Internet download manager.)

IDM stands for Internet Download Manager, which is a third party software tool that manages and schedules downloads through the internet.

In case you are downloading Windows 10 manually with low internet connection speed, then you can try IDM to make the process faster.

What this software does that it connects with various servers at one time and downloads the files in packets, after downloading the files in packets, all the files will combine to make one file.

This software can be pretty significant in most cases regarding downloading files from the internet.

In this section, two variables could play an important role in downloading the files from the internet.

One is internet speed and the other one is the size of that particular file size that needs to be downloaded.

If you have no idea about your internet connection speed, then you can head over to to check your internet connection speed.

How to calculate the downloading time of a file?

You can calculate the file downloading time with this calculator.

File download time calculator
File download time calculator

However, you can also calculate the downloading speed by using the following formula;

Internet Download speed (in KB/S) = File size (in KB)

Note that 1MB = 1000 KB

And 1GB = 1,000,000 KB

Suppose you have a connection of 10 Mbps, which equates to 1000 Kb per second.

And you have a file size of 2GB to download, which equates to 2,000,000 KBs.

So, to calculate the time,

2,000,000 KB (File size converted in KBs) / 1000 KB (Internet Speed)  = 2000 Seconds.

Now convert the seconds into minutes by dividing the seconds by 60.

2000 Sec / 60 = 33 Minutes ~

Now our resulted time of downloading a file from the internet concerning our internet connection speed is 33 minutes approximately.

So, there are multiple reports online that the windows server takes a bit longer when you try to update your Windows from 7, 8 to Windows 10.

I would suggest you, do a clean install of Windows 10 if you are upgrading from Windows 7 rather than upgrading it with the help of the Windows media creation tool.

How long does it take to install Windows 10?

How long does it take to install Windows 10
How long does it take to install Windows 10

For a quick answer, the installation procedure won't take more than three hours, however, if you have SSD(Solid State Drive) hard drive installed in your PC, it can speed up the installation procedure ten times faster than the typical HDD (Hard disk drive).

If you have a high-end PC, then it will be going to take you roughly a half-hour but if you have an old computer like me, then it might take a couple of hours to install Windows 10 due to the corrupted hard disk drive in your computer.

If you are trying to upgrade your Windows version from 7,8 to Windows 10, then it might take a longer time than clean installing the Windows.

Because when the upgrade happens Windows takes time to save files, settings etc for backup of previous Windows, which makes it more time consuming than a clean install.

Once the new Windows is installed, you will see some setup screens on your display, which may take up to 2 to 3 minutes.

The setup speed may vary upon the installation media drive, for example, if you're installing from a CD/DVD then it will take more time than usual.

How Long Does It Take to Do a Clean Install of Windows 10?

Clean install with CD/DVD
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Once you have downloaded the Windows 10 operating system, your next procedure is to install it on your computer.

Now you have no idea that how it will going to take to install Windows 10.

According to several users online which claims that the clean install might take around 20-30 minutes on a computer, while many other users have also described the longer period of installing the Windows 10 on their PC such as an hour or so.

As you know that the speed of the Windows installation procedure depends on the hard drive, RAM and CPU.

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So, there is not an exact time to expect the completion of Windows 10 installation but you can keep some key factors (which plays an important part in the speed) in your mind.

Bottom line

If you ever thought of how long does it take to install Windows 10, then you can find this article pretty useful as it focuses on the main factors which are the reason for the time duration of installing Windows 10 on your computer.

I have also attached a link to a free file downloading time calculator inside this article, in case you have overlooked it you can open the calculator from this link.

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