How To Perform a Clean Installation of Windows 10/11 on a Custom Partition

Discover how to create custom partitions before installing Windows 10/11 on your hard drive.

windows installation partition

A partition can be resized at any time in Windows 10 or 11. If you would like to develop a dual boot system or separate files from the installation, you can set up a custom partition for Windows and apps during the installation process. A custom install can be helpful if you cannot open Windows for some reason but don't want to lose any critical data in your current installation by performing a full clean install.

This guide will walk you through the methods to create a Windows installation partition on Windows 10 and 11.

How To Create a Custom Windows Installation Partition?

We'll detail how to conduct a complete Windows 10 installation partition from start to end.

Step 1. BIOS Configuration

  1. Begin by inserting your Windows 10 installation media into the PC. Restart the computer and enter the BIOS (you can click the F2, F9, F12, or Del keys). After pressing the correct key, use the right arrow key to navigate to the BIOS's Boot section.
navigate to the bios boot section

  1. If you are using a DVD, put CD-ROM Drive at the top. If you are using a USB drive, place the USB Device or Removable Devices at the top of the list.
arrange bios order

  1. Navigate to the BIOS Exit section. Select Exit Saving Changes, followed by a Yes. After that, your computer should restart directly into the Windows installer.
save configuration changes and exit now

Step 2. Install Windows 10 partition

  1. Choose your preferred language, time and currency format, and keyboard input. Then click Next.
enter language and other preferences

  1. Click Install now.
click install now

  1. Accept the Microsoft EULA. Check the box before clicking Next.
accept the license terms

  1. Press Custom: Install only Windows.
press custom: install only windows

  1. You must delete the primary partition as well as the system partition.
delete the primary and system partition

  1. After deleting both partitions, you should have some free space. To make a new partition, select it and click New.
make a new partition

  1. By default, Windows enters the partition's maximum available space. Click Apply.
enters the maximum available space

  1. After you've created the new partition(s), choose the primary one and press Next.
choose the primary one

  1. After clicking Finish, you will be notified that Windows will restart.
windows will restart

Step 3. Setting Up Windows

  1. Use Express Settings. Customize the settings if you insist on turning off certain features.
use express settings

  1. Fill in your new account information and click Next.
fill up the new account information

  1. Windows will complete the final setup steps and boot directly to the Desktop.
completed installation of the windows


Everything on the hard drive will be deleted during this process. As a result, it is strongly advised to back up data before proceeding.

Bonus Tips: How To Recover Data From a Deleted Partition on Windows 10/11

You must delete the primary and system partition during the clean installation of Windows. As a result, all data in this drive will be deleted. It is highly suggested to back up partition data in advance. However, many people still forgot to back up their formatted partition and encountered data loss.

But no worries, recovering data from a formatted partition is easy with partition recovery software like Wondershare Recoverit, which provides a simple and practical approach to restoring your data.


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Install the Recoverit partition recovery software on your computer and follow the steps below to get your data back right now.

Step 1. Run Wondershare Recoverit and select the Lost Partition under the Hard Drives and Locations tab.

select the lost partition recovery mode

Step 2. Recoverit will begin scanning and searching for lost data in the selected partition.

scan the formatted partition with recoverit

Step 3. The scanning results will include a list of all recovered data files. You can preview them to check if they are the ones you want to restore. Finally, click Recover to save them to a safe location.

recover the formatted partition with recoverit
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In this post, we've explained the entire procedure for creating custom partitions to conduct a clean Windows 10 installation. First, you must customize your BIOS settings, install the Windows partition, and set up your Windows to install it.

Make a backup before creating and installing a clean copy of Windows on a custom partition or recover data from deleted partitions with Wondershare Recoverit in case you find you lost some critical files.

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For Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10/11

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