Set Up Your Software
From BIOS to boot, follow our guide to installing your operating system, device drivers, and a selection of essential apps, one simple step at a time
YOU’VE MADE IT. You’ve got a brand new rig, and you’re ready to kick some serious ass in those 1080p games. But how do you get there? How do you install an operating system on your new machine? You haven’t installed an optical disc drive in your chassis, and you don’t seem to have one laying around either, so where do you go from here? No need to worry—we’ve got your back. The last time we used one of those DVD readers was way back in 2016, and even then that was only to see whether the cover disc of our friends over on the Linux titles would read properly. Spoiler: It did, then they trashed our DVD drive. Typical, right?
But enough waffle. You’re here to install your OS of choice. For us, that’s Windows 10. You could game on Linux, if you want, but because this is Maximum PC, not Game Releases Two Years Later PC, unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view), we’re stuck with Microsoft.