Each time you purchase a new Shadow subscription or initiate a reset, Shadow installs Windows 10 for you, with the option of choosing Ready to Play or Manual Configuration. Ready to Play lets Shadow configure Windows for you. If you'd like to configure your privacy settings, OneDrive, and other setup options, choose Manual Configuration. You can always modify these settings after Windows is installed.
💡 Tip: Already have Shadow and want to reinstall Windows? See how to reset Shadow.
Ready to Play
By choosing Ready to Play, you'll still have the ability to choose your language and keyboard layout and you will not be required to configure any other Windows settings or sign in to a Microsoft account.
Manual Configuration does not preconfigure Windows 10 for you, and instead, Shadow lets Windows guide you through installation. To learn more about Windows 10 installation, click one of the settings below, or read through the remaining sections in this article.
- Select Your Language
- Choose Your Region
- Select the Keyboard Layout
- Second Keyboard Layout
- License Agreement
- Sign In with Microsoft
- Link Your Phone to Windows
- Set Up OneDrive
- Cortana: Your Personal Assistant
- Activity History
- Privacy Settings
- Getting Everything Ready
💬 Info: Windows 10 requires you to sign in to a Microsoft account if you choose Manual Configuration. Ready to Play does not require you to sign in.
Select Your Language
Choose the language you'd like to continue using. Applications, websites, and other content may use your Shadow's IP address to determine your language.
Choose Your Region
You can choose a region of your preference if you'd like Windows or Cortana to show you relevant content from time to time. Applications, websites, and other content will use your Shadow's IP address to determine your region.
Select the Keyboard Layout
Windows needs to know how to interpret the keystrokes from your keyboard. For best results, choose the country most relevant to your spoken language and country from the options provided. You will have the option of choosing a second keyboard layout.
Many keyboards have different letters, symbols, and other unique keys based on the country they are manufactured. If, for example, you select the United States as your language, you may find it difficult to use some symbols and letters (i.e. €, £, À).
Second Keyboard Layout
If you typically switch between two or more keyboard layouts, click Add Layout. to choose your country/language. Click Skip if you do not want to add another keyboard layout.
To use Windows 10, Microsoft requires you to accept their Software License Terms, confirming you will abide by their terms when using this operating system. Click Accept to continue.
Sign In with Microsoft
Sign in to your Microsoft account using the email, phone number, or Skype username you registered with Microsoft. If you don't have a Microsoft account, click Create account. Click Next to continue.
Link Your Phone to Windows
Enter your phone number (a) to link Windows to your phone and PC using the Your Phone app from Microsoft. To skip this option, click Do it later (b).
Set Up OneDrive
To use Microsoft's cloud storage service OneDrive, click Next (a). If you prefer not to use OneDrive, click Only save files to this PC (b). Shadow recommends storing your content in a second location and OneDrive is compatible with Shadow.
Let Microsoft keep track of the apps, services, files, and other activities you perform on this device to personalize your experience and make relevant suggestions to you. This adds features like Timeline and increases the functionality of other features like Cortana. To learn more, see Microsoft's article Windows 10 activity history and your privacy.
Cortana: Your Personal Assistant
Cortana is Microsoft's own personal assistant, similar to the assistant available on your smart device. To let Cortana give you personalized experience on Windows, click Accept (a), or click Decline (b) to disable Cortana. For more information about Cortana, see Microsoft's article Getting started with Cortana.
Next, choose your privacy settings. You may enable or disable any of the options shown here. To turn a setting off, click the toggle icon next to it. To continue, click Accept.
Getting Everything Ready
Let Windows finish applying your preferences. This process typically takes 3 to 10 minutes. Windows will display a login screen when it's ready. Log in to Windows, then install your favorite software and games, or start browsing and streaming on the web.
If Shadow is not ready after 30 minutes or you need assistance with the setup process, contact a Support Hero.