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Clean win7 install after clean win10 install?

Question: Clean win7 install after clean win10 install?

So hipacritly, if you accepted the win10 upgrade, did the "fresh install option", and decided you wanted to go back to win7 in the future, how would you do it? Can you use any normal win7 install media and grab the key from win10 before you blow it away? Do you have to call in and give the robot your win10 key?

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Answer: Clean win7 install after clean win10 install?

nightanole said:





So hipacritly, if you accepted the win10 upgrade, did the "fresh install option", and decided you wanted to go back to win7 in the future, how would you do it? Can you use any normal win7 install media and grab the key from win10 before you blow it away? Do you have to call in and give the robot your win10 key?Click to expand...

I recommend imaging the windows 7 system using acronis or some other imaging software. Then doing the upgrade activating then reverting back to the image.

Lets say you already wiped it out and did a clean install. there is no way that I no to go back to windows 7 without a windows 7 key. There are downgrade right but they still require a key (I know it's stupid).

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I have a brand new oem win7 that has never been installed (bought from newegg).

Can i install win10 from usb and use the win7 key without ever installing win7?

Or do I have to install win7, upgrade to 10 and then do a clean win10 install?
 

Answer:Can I install win10 clean using my win7 key?

Yes, you can install Windows 10 with your 7 key these days. Just create a Windows 10 USB using Microsoft's Media Creation Tool and you're good to go.
 

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So as I understood it, as of last fall, Windows 10 was supposed to accept Win 7/8 keys for clean installs.

I was upgrading a family member's laptop - put in a new SSD, did a new install with win10 USB media, but activation wouldn't validate the OEM 7 key. Called Microsoft, they said I had to run the in-place upgrade from 7 to validate the license with MS. Which I thought was the thing they said we don't need to do anymore...?

So I did the 10 update on the old drive, put the SSD back in, did a clean install, all validated fine.

Was this an OEM key issue, or can you still not actually do a "clean" Win10 install with a 7/8 key?
How exactly was the fall update supposed to change the process?
 

Answer:Win10 clean install with Win7 OEM key not working

You should be able to use a Windows 7/8.x key with a clean install using version 1511 or greater. I've done it and it's worked for me.
 

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Hi Guys
BACKGROUND: Im relatively experienced technical windows guy but I wanted some top tips please rebuilding my XPS17 (L702X tag D6F23S1) after my HDD started corrupting files & registry after 5 years use.
I swapped it for an SSD, now I have some challenges which I'd love some help / wise advice with.
I WOULD LIKE TO: Either recover the image from data (need help) or do a full format of the Windows partitiion (ensuring I have all the right drivers) and begin the painful task of a rebuild. 
CURRENTLY I HAVE DONE THE FOLLOWING:
1. Imaged the original HDD and applied the image to the SSD. 
2. I have tried a new install of windows which has installed to the original drive but leaving only 10% space free.
3. When I break out of the boot sequence I dont get the Dell Recovery option but i can see the Recovery partition in 'Disk Management'.
4. I cant find the recovery discs easily (think house move and everything in the attic situation) made originally but I do have the data on my network NAS and can copy over to a USB stick - I have tried to boot to the USB but I cant make that happen.
QUESTION:
A. Is there a good guide that allows me to download and boot to a recovery environment, format the C: drive and reinstall windows?
B. Is there anyway I can download software which can utilise existing data I have to recover the original windows state please?
I'd be grateful for any advice you can give!
Many thanks
Marcus

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Hi Folks,

I just did a clean install of Win7 and must have done something wrong. I found a file called Windows.old.

I would like to wipe my hard drive completely clean and then install a fresh copy of Windows 7 Home Premium.

How do I accomplish this task? It's a good time to start over because I'm just at the stage of adding the security software. Already did the drivers but don't mind doing those over again.

I have a Dell 5150, Pentium D820, Dual Core 2.8 GHz with 3 GBs memory.

Many thanks,

ms

Answer:Clean Install of Win7 - Wipe Hard Drive Clean

Do you a regular Windows 7 installation disk, with Product Key?

If so, boot from that disk by setting your DVD drive as the first boot device in the BIOS or by choosing the DVD drive from a menu. Do you know how to do that?

Midway in the installation process you will come to a screen that asks where you want to install Windows. Look for "drive options, advanced" or something very close to that. Take that choice.

At the next screen, all of your partitions will be shown. Delete them all.

That will leave you with nothing but "unallocated space".

When you install to the unallocated space, it will be automatically formatted by Windows and you should end up with a very small "System Reserved" partition and a large C partition covering the rest of the drive.

Back up your data before beginning.

Windows.old is your old installation. If you proceed as above, you won't get it.

With 3 GB of RAM, you should probably go with 32-bit.

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Dear all,I'm gonna add a Samsung EVO and make a clean Windows 10 64 install in this Envy 17. Apparently, this is my notebook: http://support.hp.com/us-en/product/HP-ENVY-17-n100-Notebook-PC/8499288/model/8949605 First question is how do I get a list with my product specification? Could not find on the site. I can easily find them for my previos HP notebooks. Second, in which order should I install the drivers I downloaded from HP site? Which of them need a reboot after install? HP Notebook System BIOS Update _Intel Processors_sp75152.exeHP Wireless Button Driver_sp74735.exeIntel Chipset Installation Utility and Driver_sp72105.exeIntel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework_sp72106.exeIntel High-Definition HD Graphics Driver_sp74569.exeIntel Management Engine Interface MEI_sp74364.exeIntel RealSense Depth Camera Manager DCM_sp74366.exeIntel Serial IO Driver_sp72681.exeIntel Software Guard Extensions Device SGX_sp72682.exeIntel Wireless LAN Drivers_sp74466.exeNVIDIA High-Definition HD Graphics Driver_sp73302.exeRealtek Card Reader Driver_sp72116.exeRealtek High-Definition-audio_sp74368.exeRealtek Local Area Network LAN Driver_sp72119.exeRealtek RTL8723BE-RTL8188EE 802.11bgn Wireless LAN Drivers_sp73310.exeSynaptics TouchPad Driver_sp74369.exeValidity Fingerprint Sensor Driver_sp74365.exe Thank you.

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Is it possible to do a clean install of Windows 10 on alaptop which came with Windows 10 preinstalled, andno installation disk? If so, what is required? -- Jeff, in Minneapolis

Answer:Clean install Win10 on HP laptop preinstalled with Win10

If the partitions have not been changed, the Recovery partition should still exist. How to get to that would depend on the Make/Model of the system.

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Recently i had a windows error that prevented me from logging into my profile, so i ended up doing a restore and that fixed the problem. But now like half of my programs are working, all failing to load. So i was thinking of just doing a clean install of windows and starting over. But the deal is that i dual boot my machine with linux mint, so i was wondering if it would be possible to do a clean install of windows 7 without having to delete the mint partition. thanks for the help in advance.

Answer:clean install of win7 and keeping install of mint

Welcome to Seven Forums.
Shouldn't be a problem. You should be able to delete the partition that windows resides on, create a new partition, then load Windows 7 in the newly partitioned space.

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 I have just bought a Prodesk 600 G2 Mini with Win7 pre-installed.The PC came with a Win10 DVD, but the mini version does not have an optical drive. I would like to try to upgrade to Win10 via USB, but I expect that WIndows would the want a product code for activation purposes. Which I obviously don't have. How should I proceed? Thanks, 

Answer:Clean install Win10

Hi, Please check the DVD cover/sleeve to see; or the key may already be embedded. Please try run the following tool first to see              https://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/ Regards.

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I was one that was able to upgrade for free from Windows 7. Everything had worked just fine, yet my computer never ran nearly as good after the 1607 update, despite fixes.

With my upgrade, am I able to Clean Install without having to install Windows 7 first then upgrade to Windows 10? If so, do I need any information PRIOR TO starting this process?

Answer:Can I Clean Install Win10 If I Upgraded from 7?

Yes. You have a Digital Licence for Windows 10 tied to your PC's hardware and stored on Microsoft's activation servers. If asked for a key, click 'I don't have one'. You don't need it - after a clean install the licence will be checked and automatically activate the new install.

NB: you must install the same edition, Home or Pro as you had before.

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I was one that was able to upgrade for free from Windows 7. Everything had worked just fine, yet my computer never ran nearly as good after the 1607 update, despite fixes.

With my upgrade, am I able to Clean Install without having to install Windows 7 first then upgrade to Windows 10? If so, do I need any information PRIOR TO starting this process?

Answer:Can I Clean Install Win10 If I Upgraded from 7?

Yes. You have a Digital Licence for Windows 10 tied to your PC's hardware and stored on Microsoft's activation servers. If asked for a key, click 'I don't have one'. You don't need it - after a clean install the licence will be checked and automatically activate the new install.

NB: you must install the same edition, Home or Pro as you had before.

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Hi guys. I have just clean installed windows 10. (also deleted windows.old files, basically I did a full erase). so now after I installed windows 10 pro it asks me for a product key. and now I cant rollback to win 8.1 so I can upgrade

Answer:Clean install of win10 but it asks me for act key

When you do the clean install, to a PC that previously had the Win10 Upgrade installed and activated, you need to choose the option to Skip the product key when installing. After Win10 is up and running, it will automatically reactivate.

If you did the clean install before the Upgrade got activated, most likely, you are stuck now and your only recourse would be to do the whole Upgrade all over again.

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I'm one of those people who generally does a clean install with every new major Windows release. The reason for this is general housekeeping: removing old software no longer needed, clearing out drivers and other files no longer used, etc. I'm curious how this sort of install will work with Windows 10 since they will be utilizing the Windows Update system. Will we be able to do a clean install using the update? Will we have to install the update, and then do a restore (wasting time)? Or will we be forced to pay for a new copy to do a clean install?

Answer:Clean install Win10 with Update?

Welcome to TenForums thunderclap. Yes it has been promised that clean install will be allowed with trading in a legal window key . Hang with this Forum and you will be in the know when it happens.

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The reason I'm asking is because clicking the update and security in the windows settings brings up a page with different options where there is one for recovery. Clicking that recovery option opens another page with 3 options on the right - reset this pc; advanced start-up; and more recovery options.

The first option Reset this PC has 2 options where you can choose to keep your files and settings or remove everything.

The third option More recovery options where you can start afresh with a clean install of windows (this takes you to a Microsoft page where you download a tool to do the clean install.

I'm wondering what is the difference between the reset this pc with removing everything and the Microsoft tool which does a clean install of Windows.

This is for Windows 10.

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After installing windows 10, I am unable to get past the option select screen for timezone/keyboard languages and such without a critical process failure/bsod. Often times I will not even get that far, and it will simply crash the moment it boots. I have already attempted uninstalling and reinstalling, but this has had no effect, and the problem persists.

Answer:BSOD off clean install of Win10

Of the 4 PCs I updated to Windows 10, one started experiencing the BSOD, even though it was stable on Windows 7. After swapping out the power supply and RAM, to no effect, I finally put some silicone oil on the CPU pins; has been rock solid ever since...

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I have duly upgraded my Windows 7 desktop to Windows 10 and it is shown as 'Activated': I have also downloaded the Windows 10 ISO file and saved that to a DVD: I now want to change my boot HDD to an SSD. Would the following method make sense?
1. Install the SSD and clone my existing boot HDD (C to it
2. Make the SSD the boot drive C: and my HDD the D: drive
3. Use the above mentioned DVD to perform a Clean Install on the SSD (to get rid of all the Win 7 crud built up on it)
4. Just reinstall Office, Lightroom, Photoshop etc as required, on the SSD

My questions are:
Would Microsoft allow Activation on the new system (and how do I contact them to find out)?
Will the Windows.old folder created last week still be deleteable if it is now on the D: drive?
Doing (3) above won't create another windows.old will it?

Apologies for so many questions on my first Post!

Nortonian

Answer:Upgrade to Win10 followed by clean install to a new SSD?

if you clone the drive - anything on the drive will be copied over

I would just try to clean install to SSD (with HDD unplugged) and see if you get activation..

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I am trying to install a clean version of Windows 10 on an Elitedesk 800 G2 mini, booting from a USB connected optical drive.  The installer is asking for a driver, and I cannot figure out which one it is needing.  I have tried both Chipset and USB3 with no luck.  What driver do I need to continue with this installation?

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The reason I'm asking is because clicking the update and security in the windows settings brings up a page with different options where there is one for recovery. Clicking that recovery option opens another page with 3 options on the right - reset this pc; advanced start-up; and more recovery options.

The first option Reset this PC has 2 options where you can choose to keep your files and settings or remove everything.

The third option More recovery options where you can start afresh with a clean install of windows (this takes you to a Microsoft page where you download a tool to do the clean install.

I'm wondering what is the difference between the reset this pc with removing everything and the Microsoft tool which does a clean install of Windows.

This is for Windows 10.

Answer:reset pc vs clean install win10

Reset PC: Will reinstall windows using the same Recovery image which was created when windows 10 was installed first time of computer. fixes most of the common OS issue and doesn't require internet connection to work

Clean Install :- Here you are downloading latest windows installation files from Microsoft, Burning them on a USB and using them to reinstall windows.

In Both scenarios you will loss all the programs installed on computer.

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Hi All,

I successfully upgraded from Win 8.1 to Win 10 (both Pro 64-bit) in PC's old HDD. Now I want do a clean install on a brand new SSD. I have a few questions before I buy the SSD.

1. First off, is it possible to do a clean install of Win 10 in the new SSD especially after I upgraded from Win 8.1 to Win 10 in the old HDD?

2. If 1 is possible, then at any point do I need to enter the Win 10 license key? I have used a Win 10 license key viewing tool to find out what it is.

3. Should I use the Win 10 Media Creation tool to create the ISO or just download an untouched Win 10 Pro 64 bit ISO, burn it to a DVD and do a straightforward install?

3. What happens to the Win 10 in the old HDD? Does it get deactivated on its own?

Thanks!

Answer:Upgraded to Win10 in old HDD - Now want to do clean install in new SSD

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Yes, create ISO
3. (S/B 4.) Nothing. You can probably boot either and it will work but legally you should only use theone on teh SSD when ready.

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Hi there, I have bought a tm2 with win7 home x64, my IT guys at the office have installed win7 ultimate x64 and obviously all the HP software was missing when I got it back. Luckily they saved the old files and I was able to locate the SwSetup folder and managed to install the essential drivers. However, I miss all the HP software, meaning I can either not find it in the SwSetup folder or it wont install. I found the HP Touch Smart "something" Center (folderHPTSLC) but I get the "hp\bin\hpbi" error and I have found the win7 Recovery Manager on the HP homepage but I get the "hardDisk.dll" error. I am really a bit upset that I have to spend so much time to solve such a simple problem, I have an untouched Recovery partition, an untouched HP Tools partition as well as all the files in the SwSetup folder, how hard can it be?I want the software I paid for and so far I spent several hours searching for a solution to an apparently so simple problem (just provide the software on your hp, or at least one that reinstalls the Sw from the hdd on the HP Computer if you are afraid that your software might get used on other than HP computers...). Can someone please provide me with either the solution to the above mentioned problems, a working link to the HP Touch Center applikation (altough I have the files, it just wont install) or tell me how I can reinitiate the HP Software and driver install that happens just after you configure your win7?Thanks,Geen

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Answer:Not able to install HP Software after clean install of win7,...

I agree, our IT guys screwed this one up, they didnt even know the upgrade thing... :-/ Anyhow, I found a way to install the software I was looking for, just unzip to a folder and run the .msi in the src folder.Although not all the apps had such a folder, most of em had.After playing around with the sw a bit, I realized that I didn't like it anyway, boy am I glad I did not go back to home! and btw, we bought a HP Mini and this one had a nice little software called AppInstl in its swsetup folder, actually just the sw I was looking for. Obviously the same happened with the Mini ("clean" install) but with this app I managed to re-install all the sw I wanted without any problem, except QuickWeb of course, but that seems to be a general problem.Seems to me that HP also saw the need for a "easy install your software after clean install" app. :-) Thanks for all your input, my problem has been solved!Rgds,Geen

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Hi. XP dies in April so I need to upgrade my desktop. I'm going Win 7. I have used the machine heavily for 2 - 3 years (Outlook, Ms Office, video editing, sound editing, web support etc) so registry etc. will be messy. It still runs reliably and quickly enough although I have funnies with USB ports going AWOL from time to time.
My question is: Am I better to have a clean start by formatting the system drive and installing Win7 from scratch, or would it be fine to install Win 7 over XP? It seems that the last option would be much easier in terms of not having to re-install everything and not losing Favourites, cookies etc. However, it may just add to the whatever messiness XP leaves behind.
Are there ways to clean up the machine before doing option 2?
Max

Answer:Should I install Win7 over XP or reformat and do a clean install?

You most definitely want to format and clean install.

Backup your favorites and all your data first. Get your network drivers on a flash drive or something before you start so you can install them and get out to internet from windows 7.

You will have to re install all your programs.

Maybe you should just buy another hard drive, install it, then install Windows 7 on that Strongly consider a Solid State Drive.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...ows-7#T1=tab01

Clean Install Windows 7

And XP doesn`t die, it just won`t be supported by Microsoft anymore, and that`s no reason not to keep using an Operating System you like

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hi what is the best way to go about this? should i disable ie8 first, then launch off clean install of ie11 x64? i don't want to patch up from default installed ie8.

also, i noticed the directory still exists in program files x86 should i/can i remove those.

Answer:clean install of IE11 x64 after Win7 x64 Install

Stand alone installer !
No, I would not remove anything else.
It will not harm anything to leave it there.

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I'll install Win7 home edition once its out. This guide here is pretty clear on how to do a clean install, but i still have a question. http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1649-clean-install-windows-7-a.html

What drivers will i need to install after Win7 is installed ???? Obviously my GPU driver, but what other drivers will i need ?

Thx.
 

Answer:After a clean install of Win7, what drivers ill need to install ?

Depends on your hardware.
I do latest versions of...
*Motherboard/Chipset .infs...to build a good foundatoin
*Graphics
*SATA controller/RAID controller
*Sound/NIC, including wireless NIC

If it's a laptop, add some system drivers for those function keys, power management for proper hiber/standby, hard drive shock protection.

Yeah some people will say "But Windows 7 has most of those, just use Microsoft Update"

Well, it's been the same for all prior versions of Windows, yes the latest OS will usually include built in drivers for existing hardware out there. Vista had more drivers for existing hardware than XP when Vista first came out. And XP had more drivers for existing hardware than 2K when it first came out. And 98Se had more drivers for existing hardware than 95 when it first came out...blah blah blah blah blah, same ol same ol if you've been in the game for a few years.

But for optimal performance and stability, the latest drivers from the manufacturer are usually the best option.

Now to toss a monkey wrench in the mix, since Win7 isn't officially released to the pub yet, many manufacturers haven't released their latest drivers for 7 yet. The Vista ones may work fine, the ones Win7 has built in may work fine, or you just may have to wait.
 

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I'm a new Win7 user and a new Seven Forums user. Quick questiion for you guys... Can I do a clean install of Win7 w/ the same upgrade disc I used for an upgrade install on the same computer? I did an upgrade from Vista install and activated the key.

Windows is working fine btw, but I want to do a clean install. Is it possible or will I need to buy a Windows 7 Disc?

Thx!

Answer:Clean install of Win7 after an upgrade install?

Hello STC, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, you can do a clean install with a Windows 7 Upgrade copy.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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A little over a month ago, I posted this:  Continued issues with Yoga 2 Pro auto screen rotation after Windows 10 UpgradeOptions ?04-26-2016 11:40 PMFollowing the Windows 10 upgrade and subsequent updates,  my Yoga 2 Pro no longer switches between modes. I can fold the laptop back into tent or tablet mode, but I then have to manually rotate the screen by using the CTRL-ALT-Arrow Keys. The keyboard functionality does not change automatically either.  I have tried several solutions suggested across multiple forums - and to no avail. At this point I have done the following:  1. Updated all related drivers and BIOS. 2. Confirmed that all sensor services are running and are set to automatic. 3. Uninstalled Transitions and stopped, started, restarted, and ultimately disabled YMC. 4. Run some sort of registry script that was supposedly helping others. 5. And, it should go without saying (but I'll say it anyway), I have confirmed that the auto-rotate lock is NOT turned on; either in the side Action Center menu on the right or through display settings. I do have access to this "button" though. I know for others it was greyed out and not functioning.  The notebook does nothing when I rotate it around. Frustrating, to say the least, as this is the entire point of the Yoga 2 Pro - to seamlessly switch modes.  I can see from other posts that this is a universal problems with 2-in-1 devices and other tab... Read more

Answer:Clean Install of Win10 did not help auto rotate/mo...

Following the Windows 10 upgrade and subsequent updates,  my Yoga 2 Pro no longer switches between modes. I can fold the laptop back into tent or tablet mode, but I then have to manually rotate the screen by using the CTRL-ALT-Arrow Keys. The keyboard functionality does not change automatically either.  I have tried several solutions suggested across multiple forums - and to no avail. At this point I have done the following:  1. Updated all related drivers and BIOS. 2. Confirmed that all sensor services are running and are set to automatic. 3. Uninstalled Transitions and stopped, started, restarted, and ultimately disabled YMC. 4. Run some sort of registry script that was supposedly helping others. 5. And, it should go without saying (but I'll say it anyway), I have confirmed that the auto-rotate lock is NOT turned on; either in the side Action Center menu on the right or through display settings. I do have access to this "button" though. I know for others it was greyed out and not functioning.  The notebook does nothing when I rotate it around. Frustrating, to say the least, as this is the entire point of the Yoga 2 Pro - to seamlessly switch modes.  I can see from other posts that this is a universal problems with 2-in-1 devices and other tablets following the switch to Win10, and posts go back almost a year. Has there been ANY resolution? I would love to get my functioning machine back!  Thanks... Read more

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Hi all,
Operator skill level- medium - its been 4.5 years since my last build, zero experience installing Win8 or Win10

Brand new Clean install from full WIndows 10 USB3.0 retail package


Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P motherboard
AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera
16 Gig G*Skill DDR3 1600 RAM
240 gig SSD Ultra L5 Team Drive SATA III

While installing W10, I get the error message that windows cannot install on GPT partition. This was a brand new unformatted Drive. Windows 10 itself created the GPT partition if there is one there! Tried several times to delete partition and reformat, but it wont let me reformat to NTFS at that point.

I took the SSD out and attached it via USB external SATA drive adapter onto a Win8.1 machine. It shows up on this machine as a NTFS partition! I delete the partition, but it wont let me delete the reserved or system partitions- and I created the partition again and formated it to NTFS.

When I take the SSD back to the new machine to try the install again, I get the same exact error messages all over again.

This SSD drive is going to be the primary OS HD for the system- Once installed there will be a 1Tb disk for files and archive but that is not even attached at the moment.

Any advice on how to properly format this SSD SATAIII drive to allow Win10 to install?

Answer:Clean Win10 install on New SSD- formatting errors

GPT is not about the individual partition itself. It is a new replacement for the Master Boot Record. Easiest thing for you to do is convert the SSD to MBR:

Convert GPT drive into MBR using Command Prompt (cmd).

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Hi to all
I have my Acer laptop around 2 months , and now i want to fresh install win 10
What I've done ,I created USB image via Rufus with Win10 home (which I had on my new laptop preinstalled) I writed down my licence key.
Ive booted and cleaned SSD completely with new installation.
All worked great but my Windows is not activated I and I cant enter licence key now

Ive searched forum for some answers but i don't find similar one .
I appreciate any help ,coz I'm quite desperate right now
Thank you

Answer:Clean win10 install with completely formatted SSD

Go to Settings/Activation/Change Product Key

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I've been struggling with my desktop ACER since it was still on Windows 8. I should have either returned it before the warranty ran out in January of last year or maybe have kept it on Windows 8.1 until it was fixed so that the set of 4 discs that came with it could be used if needed.Now I'm ready to do a Clean Install to start fresh. I've got all of my data backed up on a flash drive. I have a list of all of the Store APPs and other programs such as MS Office and Paint Shop Pro that I have on it along with a few PrintScreens ofd my destop and my Start Menu pop up so I can arrange it the same way after I go thru this mess.So my real Question is this .... I have a real copy of Windows 10 on a DVD that I could use to do this with. But then can I just use ACER's Discs # 2-4 to install all of the ACER stuff and if so, how?I stuck Disc 2 in just to see what it would do. It didn't AutoPlay anything. Instead it popped up File Explorer showing me 4 things on it: Maybe Disc 1 has something on it to make it ask for Disc 2 but if I don't run Disc 1, is there a way to use my Windows 10 disc and then ACER Discs 2 thru 4 to do finish my Clean Install and bring it back into ACER Land?

Answer:Can I use generic Win10 disc to Clean Install my A...

short answer: no. Acer disks must be used in the correct order and can't be mixed with another OS version or non Acer installation media.  be aware that your model will not be supported by Acer with windows 10 drivers, by the way normally windows 10 will find all the  drivers needed during installation if connected to the web or you can find it at hardware manufacterers support websites. don't mix windows 8.x drivers or softwares on windows 10 OS.....at least use them as last resource.

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I have a laptop with windows 10. The factory gave it me with windows 8.1 and i wanna reset this (delete files and start from the beggining)
after the reset it will bring me back to windows 8.1 .
after this can i upgrade for free to windows 10? is this still possible?
and something else.
what is better? clean install or reset by windows 10 settings.

Answer:Reset pc, clean install and upgrade to win10..?!

Hi, as long as you have activated Windows 10 on your laptop previously, you can reinstall Win10 from scratch for free.
I would probably download the latest ISO, delete the partitions on your hard drive and do a clean install of Windows 10.
If you need additional help or have more questions or details to share, please join the site so you can reply in this thread. See this link for instructions on how to join Windows Central.

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That's basically my question. I'm planning to upgrade my Win7 laptop to Win10 next week and I'd like to know if there is an option for clean install (Delete all files, fresh windows settings, old windows moved to "windows.old" folder) from Windows Update or do I have to download Windows 10 Media Creation tool?
Thanks!

Answer:Does Upgrading to Win10 from WU have clean install option?

There is a special procedure for doing a clean install without having to go through the upgrade process. Is this what you are looking for?

Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First

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I've been struggling with my desktop ACER since it was still on Windows 8. I should have either returned it before the warranty ran out in January of last year or maybe have kept it on Windows 8.1 until it was fixed so that the set of 4 discs that came with it could be used if needed.Now I'm ready to do a Clean Install to start fresh. I've got all of my data backed up on a flash drive. I have a list of all of the Store APPs and other programs such as MS Office and Paint Shop Pro that I have on it along with a few PrintScreens ofd my destop and my Start Menu pop up so I can arrange it the same way after I go thru this mess.So my real Question is this .... I have a real copy of Windows 10 on a DVD that I could use to do this with. But then can I just use ACER's Discs # 2-4 to install all of the ACER stuff and if so, how?I stuck Disc 2 in just to see what it would do. It didn't AutoPlay anything. Instead it popped up File Explorer showing me 4 things on it: Maybe Disc 1 has something on it to make it ask for Disc 2 but if I don't run Disc 1, is there a way to use my Windows 10 disc and then ACER Discs 2 thru 4 to do finish my Clean Install and bring it back into ACER Land?

Answer:Can I use generic Win10 disc to Clean Install my A...

short answer: no. Acer disks must be used in the correct order and can't be mixed with another OS version or non Acer installation media.  be aware that your model will not be supported by Acer with windows 10 drivers, by the way normally windows 10 will find all the  drivers needed during installation if connected to the web or you can find it at hardware manufacterers support websites. don't mix windows 8.x drivers or softwares on windows 10 OS.....at least use them as last resource.

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Hi to all
I have my Acer laptop around 2 months , and now i want to fresh install win 10
What I've done ,I created USB image via Rufus with Win10 home (which I had on my new laptop preinstalled) I writed down my licence key.
Ive booted and cleaned SSD completely with new installation.
All worked great but my Windows is not activated I and I cant enter licence key now

Ive searched forum for some answers but i don't find similar one .
I appreciate any help ,coz I'm quite desperate right now
Thank you

Answer:Clean win10 install with completely formatted SSD

Go to Settings/Activation/Change Product Key

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A year ago I bought a Lenovo Yoga 2 that came with Windows 8.

Unfortunately, I upgraded to Windows 10 several months ago. It has been such a nightmare I want Windows 8 back.
Can I just buy a new copy of Windows 8.1 and clean install it on my laptop? Someone told me once its been upgraded to Windows 10 that I can't do that, but that just doesn't seem right.

I'm not very savvy when it comes to doing a reinstall. I'm not sure what to buy and I want to make sure trying this won't brick my computer. OEM, Full, etc seems like there is so many things to consider when trying to buy just a regular old version of Windows 8.1.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Can I do a clean install of Win8.1 after upgrading to Win10?

Check whether you have a recovery partition. You could reset to 8.1 from there without any problems with the key, etc. You have a legal 8.1 system. No need to buy an 8.1 key.

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Greetings.
After some troubble with a few games and settings, I installed windows 10 pro on a SSD. I then got this list, which I was told to use as my PC is mainly a gamer-PC.
Can you recommend me to use this list complete, or is it "too much"?
I really can't see why I should get a local account instead of my Microsoft account on my PC because of problems with a game?? I would really like to get some feedback to this, as I think it is a bit overwhelming to do so much.

The list:

I hear a lot of people experiencing all kinds of issues after each Windows 10 Creator update.
I never had any problems with any of the updates. And I came to conclusion that perhaps
there are a few things that might be causing this issue.
Nr.1: Windows Fast Startup. Disabling it resolves a lot of issues. You can disable it by
navigating to Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options\System Settings and
removing check-mark from "Turn on fast startup (recommended)".
Nr.2: Power Options - set to High Performance to let the CPU run on full capacity at all times
rather than let it throttle. Helps with performance in games and prevents CPU from throttling.
Nr.3: General things to do after you install a fresh copy of Windows (in essence remove all the
Telemetry Garbage that Microsoft forces by default):
First, do not login to your computer with Microsoft Account. If you already did then disable
Microsoft Account and create a Local Account.
Type "Privacy" in Search Windows.
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A year ago I bought a Lenovo Yoga 2 that came with Windows 8.

Unfortunately, I upgraded to Windows 10 several months ago. It has been such a nightmare I want Windows 8 back.

Can I just buy a new copy of Windows 8.1 and clean install it on my laptop? Someone told me once its been upgraded to Windows 10 that I can't do that, but that just doesn't seem right.

I'm not very savvy when it comes to doing a reinstall. I'm not sure what to buy and I want to make sure trying this won't brick my computer. OEM, Full, etc seems like there is so many things to consider when trying to buy just a regular old version of Windows 8.1

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Hi all,
Operator skill level- medium - its been 4.5 years since my last build, zero experience installing Win8 or Win10

Brand new Clean install from full WIndows 10 USB3.0 retail package


Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P motherboard
AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera
16 Gig G*Skill DDR3 1600 RAM
240 gig SSD Ultra L5 Team Drive SATA III

While installing W10, I get the error message that windows cannot install on GPT partition. This was a brand new unformatted Drive. Windows 10 itself created the GPT partition if there is one there! Tried several times to delete partition and reformat, but it wont let me reformat to NTFS at that point.

I took the SSD out and attached it via USB external SATA drive adapter onto a Win8.1 machine. It shows up on this machine as a NTFS partition! I delete the partition, but it wont let me delete the reserved or system partitions- and I created the partition again and formated it to NTFS.

When I take the SSD back to the new machine to try the install again, I get the same exact error messages all over again.

This SSD drive is going to be the primary OS HD for the system- Once installed there will be a 1Tb disk for files and archive but that is not even attached at the moment.

Any advice on how to properly format this SSD SATAIII drive to allow Win10 to install?

Answer:Clean Win10 install on New SSD- formatting errors

GPT is not about the individual partition itself. It is a new replacement for the Master Boot Record. Easiest thing for you to do is convert the SSD to MBR:

Convert GPT drive into MBR using Command Prompt (cmd).

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That's basically my question. I'm planning to upgrade my Win7 laptop to Win10 next week and I'd like to know if there is an option for clean install (Delete all files, fresh windows settings, old windows moved to "windows.old" folder) from Windows Update or do I have to download Windows 10 Media Creation tool?
Thanks!

Answer:Does Upgrading to Win10 from WU have clean install option?

There is a special procedure for doing a clean install without having to go through the upgrade process. Is this what you are looking for?

Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First

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My Y500 will not run many games in Window 10. A few have worked but most will not run. Tried installing with Admin privileges, setting compatibility as suggested but only steam games and Crysis will run. Odd because my desktop comuter running Win 10 seems to run them fine. Most of my games are FPS and are older, COD series and the like. COD2 MW runs in steam but now steam has trouble starting. UT3 works but thats a steam game. 

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A year ago I bought a Lenovo Yoga 2 that came with Windows 8.

Unfortunately, I upgraded to Windows 10 several months ago. It has been such a nightmare I want Windows 8 back.
Can I just buy a new copy of Windows 8.1 and clean install it on my laptop? Someone told me once its been upgraded to Windows 10 that I can't do that, but that just doesn't seem right.

I'm not very savvy when it comes to doing a reinstall. I'm not sure what to buy and I want to make sure trying this won't brick my computer. OEM, Full, etc seems like there is so many things to consider when trying to buy just a regular old version of Windows 8.1.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Can I do a clean install of Win8.1 after upgrading to Win10?

Check whether you have a recovery partition. You could reset to 8.1 from there without any problems with the key, etc. You have a legal 8.1 system. No need to buy an 8.1 key.

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I remember an older PC Gamer that had these steps to optimize Win7 when installed on a SSD, such as delete the hibernation, etc that not only increased performance but freed up some space.
Is there something similar for Win10?
 

Answer:Is there a Guide to optimizing Win10 on a SSD after clean install?

Any guide for 8 or 8.1 would work on 10 as they are essentially the same OS. Much of what has changed has nothing to do with the things that the guides talk about.
 

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Hi, I've just bought a new PC and want to sell my old laptop (Dell XPS12 convertible - last generation)
Though it's 3 years old, it's still a really powerful device, especially since it was the top-spec version. So I think I should be able to get a decent few ?$?? for it.
Of course though, I want to do a clean install before I sell it to anyone, and I mean a proper clean install. no data leftno "Windows.old" folderno recovery partitions (for Windows 8, which it originally delivered with)
Can anyone point me to a tutorial, guide or instructions on how to do something like this?
Thanks in advance!

Answer:Win10 Clean Install (also delete partitions)

Moved to appropriate area...
Windows 10 How-To Guides is for write ups of prepackaged solutions... Not for leading questions on issues not yet resolved. Download SystemRescueCD (this is a "live" Linux distro that boots from media and requires no install): SystemRescueCdBurn the SytemRescueCD ISO to disc or prepare a USB stick. I prefer a disc. YMMV (See: Burn an ISO natively in Windows 10)If you have not already, use the media creation tool to create an installable Windows 10 image. Again, I prefer disc. (http://forums.windowscentral.com/e?l...token=XgjSA_By)Enter UEFI or BIOS and make sure your boot priority will use the media type you have prepped for SystemRescueCD and Windows 10 as a first priority. (See your OEM support pages if you need help for this)I assume you have a cloud based authorization for 10 already in place for this machine? Good. If not install 10 and for these purposes just sign in locally as Admin during setup.Put SystemRescueCD into the drive (disc) or port (USB) and reboot your laptop. Follow the prompts to boot into SystemRescueCD. Use the GParted Utility to format and merge all your existing partitions. NTFS is the recommended format.Remove the SystemRescueCD media and insert the Windows 10 Install media. Reboot from within SystemRescueCD by opening a Terminal window and typing (no quotes) "reboot" and pressing enter.This will reboot and you simply follow the prompts to install 10 from your prepared media. Leave it at the first... Read more

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While preparing standard system image Build 1511 of Windows 10 Enterprise 64bit (workgroup, non-domain, stand-alone PC) I am experiencing an issue with IE11. This is a clean install, no software loaded, no IE add-ons other than defaults, no user accounts save the Admin account, no tweaks other than logging turned on, Windows updates not even run yet.

While logged in under the built-in Administrator account if I leave the Local Security Policy/Security Options setting of "User Account Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Built-In Administrator account" DISABLED then IE11 works fine. If I ENABLE this setting then reboot, IE11 then fails to load some pages (page not responding, long hang followed by the error report and IE must be re-launched). Specific pages consistently cause this (so they have been my test pages). Kelley Blue Book - New and Used Car Price Values, Expert Car Reviews generates the issue consistently as does Online data backup software - Download SyncBackPro | 2BrightSparks If I install Firefox or Chrome it works fine in those browsers and also on Edge.

I have reloaded several times from clean install, reformat and this continues to happen. I could just dismiss it however I am conerned other pages may also fail and many things withing our company, sadly, require IE for one reason or another. I have tried this on a clean laptop and desktop and the issue happens on both. If I try it on a Hyper-V install from the same build the error message appears b... Read more

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I already did a clean install of Win10 on my Dell laptop which does seem to support UEFI mode when I went through the BIOS setup screen. My current BIOS setup is using the Legacy BIOS mode.
My question is, if I do decide to enable UEFI with Secure Boot, will I need to reinstall Win10 again?
If that's the case, then will I need to enable this UEFI before installing or after installing Win10?

I installed Win10 using the Media Creation Tool.

So does this mean that I have to start right from scratch again in order to use the UEFI with Secure Boot?
In in other words, do I need to create another Media Creation Tool for my bootable USB flash drive and reinstall Win10 all over again?

Or, can I just go into my BIOS setup and select UEFI with Secure Boot without reinstalling Windows again?

Please explain this.

Answer:Enabling UEFI Mode AFTER clean install of Win10?

win10freak said:

I already did a clean install of Win10 on my Dell laptop which does seem to support UEFI mode when I went through the BIOS setup screen. My current BIOS setup is using the Legacy BIOS mode.
My question is, if I do decide to enable UEFI with Secure Boot, will I need to reinstall Win10 again?
If that's the case, then will I need to enable this UEFI before installing or after installing Win10?

I installed Win10 using the Media Creation Tool.

So does this mean that I have to start right from scratch again in order to use the UEFI with Secure Boot?
In in other words, do I need to create another Media Creation Tool for my bootable USB flash drive and reinstall Win10 all over again?

Or, can I just go into my BIOS setup and select UEFI with Secure Boot without reinstalling Windows again?

Please explain this.



See if this tutorial helps you.
https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...tallation.html

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I already did a clean install of Win10 on my Dell laptop which does seem to support UEFI mode when I went through the BIOS setup screen. My current BIOS setup is using the Legacy BIOS mode.
My question is, if I do decide to enable UEFI with Secure Boot, will I need to reinstall Win10 again?
If that's the case, then will I need to enable this UEFI before installing or after installing Win10?

I installed Win10 using the Media Creation Tool.

So does this mean that I have to start right from scratch again in order to use the UEFI with Secure Boot?
In in other words, do I need to create another Media Creation Tool for my bootable USB flash drive and reinstall Win10 all over again?

Or, can I just go into my BIOS setup and select UEFI with Secure Boot without reinstalling Windows again?

Please explain this.

Answer:Enabling UEFI Mode AFTER clean install of Win10?

Originally Posted by win10freak


I already did a clean install of Win10 on my Dell laptop which does seem to support UEFI mode when I went through the BIOS setup screen. My current BIOS setup is using the Legacy BIOS mode.
My question is, if I do decide to enable UEFI with Secure Boot, will I need to reinstall Win10 again?
If that's the case, then will I need to enable this UEFI before installing or after installing Win10?

I installed Win10 using the Media Creation Tool.

So does this mean that I have to start right from scratch again in order to use the UEFI with Secure Boot?
In in other words, do I need to create another Media Creation Tool for my bootable USB flash drive and reinstall Win10 all over again?

Or, can I just go into my BIOS setup and select UEFI with Secure Boot without reinstalling Windows again?

Please explain this.



See if this tutorial helps you.
AHCI - Enable in Windows 8 and Windows 10 after Installation

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Granted...this may be a dumb question...but

I botched the upgrade to Win10 by selecting 32-bit instead of 64-bit.
I'm planning to do a clean install, from a bootable flash using the Media Creator tool (that includes the Ann. update)
I know I'll lose all my apps and data, and have made two sets of backups on two different media.

Now the questions. Does doing a clean install wipe out all the garbage that has been accumulating, like old registry entries and such? Do I need to do a format of the drive before I do the clean install to make it really "clean" or does the bootable USB use clean and tidy my hard-drive when I use it?

Does the Win10 install automatically populate a "recovery drive" like what came with my machine, or is that something I do separately? (Although I'm not sure I would ever need it, probably opting to go with a USB recovery instead)

This is the first time I've attempted something like this, and I know there are some really good tutorials which I will and have been using to do the install. I'm just not sure about what happens in this kind-of-in-between-what-I-have-and-what-I'll-get part.

As always, thank you so much for your help. I don't know what I'd do without all the help I've been given over the years.

Answer:Does clean install of Win10 format hard drive?

Hello way2ob2se,

A true clean install would involve deleting all partitions on the hard disk you want to install Windows on. If you like, the tutorial below is the method I prefer to use for doing a clean install.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...n-install.html

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I originally upgraded my Win 7 64b to win 10. Had issues, so downloaded the Media Creation Tool and installed a clean Win 10. I messed up the password question and enabled the password and couldn't get it resolved so decided to reinstall again. I thought I'd reformat the usb media stick just in case it had issues. To reformat, I put the disc in the drive and right clicked and hit format.
I then put the usb memory stick in the drive and tried to reboot. I won't boot the the memory stick. I tried changing the boot sequence in the bios to boot to removable device but it still goes straight to Win 10.
Do you think I did something to the memory stick so it doesn't work? Any ideas?

Answer:Memory Stik Question/Clean install Win10

You erased it when you formatted it.

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While preparing standard system image Build 1511 of Windows 10 Enterprise 64bit (workgroup, non-domain, stand-alone PC) I am experiencing an issue with IE11. This is a clean install, no software loaded, no IE add-ons other than defaults, no user accounts save the Admin account, no tweaks other than logging turned on, Windows updates not even run yet.

While logged in under the built-in Administrator account if I leave the Local Security Policy/Security Options setting of "User Account Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Built-In Administrator account" DISABLED then IE11 works fine. If I ENABLE this setting then reboot, IE11 then fails to load some pages (page not responding, long hang followed by the error report and IE must be re-launched). Specific pages consistently cause this (so they have been my test pages). Kelley Blue Book - New and Used Car Price Values, Expert Car Reviews generates the issue consistently as does Online data backup software - Download SyncBackPro | 2BrightSparks If I install Firefox or Chrome it works fine in those browsers and also on Edge.

I have reloaded several times from clean install, reformat and this continues to happen. I could just dismiss it however I am conerned other pages may also fail and many things withing our company, sadly, require IE for one reason or another. I have tried this on a clean laptop and desktop and the issue happens on both. If I try it on a Hyper-V install from the same build the error message appears b... Read more

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Another thread on stuck at boot, but my exact issue is slightly different..... i get stuck as per attached file, just as the Dell logo pops up and the progress bar sits at 15%, but....

if I hit F2 or F12 and go into and straight out of these setup/boot options menus, by EXIT WITHOUT SAVING CHANGES the boot recovers and off we go as normal....

Wheres my gremlin - any ideas welcomed ?

Thanks, Simon.

OS: WIN10 Pro 64 - Build 1511
Hardware: Dell VOSTRO 3650
BIOS: {"DELL -1", "InsydeH20 Version 03.72.24A13", "InsydeH20 Version 03.72.24A13" }
 

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Granted...this may be a dumb question...but

I botched the upgrade to Win10 by selecting 32-bit instead of 64-bit.
I'm planning to do a clean install, from a bootable flash using the Media Creator tool (that includes the Ann. update)
I know I'll lose all my apps and data, and have made two sets of backups on two different media.

Now the questions. Does doing a clean install wipe out all the garbage that has been accumulating, like old registry entries and such? Do I need to do a format of the drive before I do the clean install to make it really "clean" or does the bootable USB use clean and tidy my hard-drive when I use it?

Does the Win10 install automatically populate a "recovery drive" like what came with my machine, or is that something I do separately? (Although I'm not sure I would ever need it, probably opting to go with a USB recovery instead)

This is the first time I've attempted something like this, and I know there are some really good tutorials which I will and have been using to do the install. I'm just not sure about what happens in this kind-of-in-between-what-I-have-and-what-I'll-get part.

As always, thank you so much for your help. I don't know what I'd do without all the help I've been given over the years.

Answer:Does clean install of Win10 format hard drive?

Hello way2ob2se,

A true clean install would involve deleting all partitions on the hard disk you want to install Windows on. If you like, the tutorial below is the method I prefer to use for doing a clean install.

Windows 10 - Clean Install

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Hi All,

Sorry about the crazy title, I always have issues with coming up with a good headline for these threads.

I want to do a clean install on my desktop with the latest Win10 Dev Preview, but I don't want to do this if I'm not going to get the final version when it comes out. Will testers get the new version for free and automagically?

LMK

Thanks

Seth

Answer:Clean install of Win10 Tech Preview - Are There Downsides

No, not unless you originally upgraded from a genuine Windows 7 or 8.1. http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwin...review-builds/

If you decide to opt-out of the program and upgrade to the 7/29 build you will be subject to exactly the same terms and conditions that govern the offer* that was extended to all Genuine Windows 7 and 8.1 customers. This is not a path to attain a license for Windows XP or Windows Vista systems. If your system upgraded from a Genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 license it will remain activated, but if not, you will be required to roll back to your previous OS version or acquire a new Windows 10 license. If you do not roll back or acquire a new license the build will eventually expire.

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Is it okay to replace the original HDD with another drive (Dell Inspiron 3656 Desktop) and clean install the same version of Windows 10 to the new drive - will there be any issues regarding Win10 authentication?
I would prefer a clean install (an updated ISO from Microsoft with Fall Creators Update) if possible - or the only way to go is to use the Dell factory image?

Thanks!

Answer:Upgrade to SDD from HDD in Dell Desktop PC and clean install Win10

There should be no issues especially if you login with a Microsoft account to authenticate.

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Preface- this is a laptop of a computer illiterate friend. Knowing win10 had a built in tool to do a clean install, I offered to run it for her. Alas, I am apparently not as literate as I'd like to think.

The computer in question is an Acer Cloudbook AO1-431-C8G8. It came with Windows 10 installed on it. 2GB DDR3 L memory, and eMMC 32GB hard drive space. (I am prepared to use it as a frisbee at this point.)

She had been locked out(someone else had put a password on it and did God knows what else to this thing), so I shift+restarted and opted to do a fresh install, delete all extraneous data, etc etc(as per her request- she didn't want to deal with whatever might have happened to it). The computer began jumping through the process, the display reads "Installing Windows, Your PC will restart several times. Sit back and relax." then it reads a percentage and below that is the configuration percentage.

It has gotten to 64-66%, hangs out there for awhile, then jumps to 86%, then 89%, then abruptly restarts, and goes right back to somewhere between 64 and 66%, and the cycle repeated. I'm not sure how to break the loop. Attempting to restart by holding down the power button turns off the display(it seems to actually turn off), then upon turning back on, continues this cycle.

I can get to the CMD prompt, but as I'm booting using the operating system on the computer itself, I'm not sure where to go from here. All the guides I have found seem to involve being able to get ... Read more

Answer:Clean install of Win10, stuck in boot loop

Hi, it can be tricky sorting out someone else's PC.





Knowing win10 had a built in tool to do a clean install



- I guess you mean a refresh or a reset. That's not the same thing as a clean install, which from the simplest point of view means taking a Win 10 bootable medium (DVD, flash drive), booting the PC from that, wiping system disk or partition, and installing Windows fresh from the external disk.

Now, I suggest you have two basic possible ways to proceed.

1. As this laptop came with Win 10, I assume it has a manufacturer's recovery partition on it. You can check with Acer's site as to how to use that. If you do, the laptop will be set up exactly as bought.

2. Download Win 10 and create a bootable USB drive or DVD.
Boot the PC from it, make sure you delete any existing Win 10 partitions, and install Windows anew.

Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
Clean Install Windows 10 - Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

Now, before all that, you might like to check the disk on the laptop - if it's faulty in any way, the above would be a waste of time. To do that you can download Kyhi's boot DVD/flash drive from the top of the Software and Apps section, and download and run Crystal Diskinfo (free) to check the disk. It gives a simple good/caution/bad indication.

Turning to data issues:
- at this point it would still be possible to retrieve data from the disk if necessary. If not, carry on.
- hopefull... Read more

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Trying to clean install win10 from usb flash drive, but it won't inslall. Getting this:" Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. The partition was reserved by the computer's Original Equipment Manufacturer(OEM)". and it's the only disk i can install into(I updated from win 8.1 to win 10 already. ) Any help?

Answer:Iconia W700 win10 clean install OEM disk

Hi, I think that deleting all the partitions from the drive could solve the issue. Then windows would create all needed partitions (EFI, system reserved and of course OS partition). HOWEVER, if you plan to try it like this, I highly recommend to create a complete image of the drive before doing it. If anything will go wrong you can always restore the image. Don't underestimate this, there are a few stories on the forum where on some systems people did not made the backup, and then the method did not work well for them, and they spend countless days to restore the system. Also why you don't try a refresh of the pc Settings ---> Update and Security ---> Recovery--->Refresh this PC. You can select to wipe all the data, and thus this would be almost like a clean w10 install.  

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Hi, Just finished a chat session with HP via the HP support assistant utility on an HP laptop.  They said my laptop was not covered by warranty because I was using a clean install of win10 instead of the OEM factory image of win10 that came with the laptop.  They said I would have to revert to the OEM factory image to get them to support me on the issue I was having. I then told them that the reason I was a clean install of windows is because I was using an SSD drive instead of the HDD drive that came with the laptop.   And I couldn't get the OEM factory image to work on the SSD drive; I needed to use a clean install of Win10 to get the SSD drive to work.   They said that that was a known issue, but that using the SSD drive further voided the warranty.  That I would have to re-install the HDD drive and then put the OEM factory image back on top of that to get them to support me on the issue I was having. Have other people encountered this?  Or am I just getting the gold level of service? Edit: I was provided with a link to this warranty description as justification for the warranty not covering an SSD upgrade or a clean Win10 install. Thanks! In case it is of any interest, this is for the following laptop: HP 15t Touch (Pavilion 15-ab283nr / T0D97UA#ABA) And in case it is of any interest, the issue I'm having is a boot issue.  Can't get past the HP splash screen - stuck on the spinn... Read more

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Trying to clean install win10 from usb flash drive, but it won't inslall. Getting this:" Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. The partition was reserved by the computer's Original Equipment Manufacturer(OEM)". and it's the only disk i can install into(I updated from win 8.1 to win 10 already. ) Any help?

Answer:Iconia W700 win10 clean install OEM disk

Hi, I think that deleting all the partitions from the drive could solve the issue. Then windows would create all needed partitions (EFI, system reserved and of course OS partition). HOWEVER, if you plan to try it like this, I highly recommend to create a complete image of the drive before doing it. If anything will go wrong you can always restore the image. Don't underestimate this, there are a few stories on the forum where on some systems people did not made the backup, and then the method did not work well for them, and they spend countless days to restore the system. Also why you don't try a refresh of the pc Settings ---> Update and Security ---> Recovery--->Refresh this PC. You can select to wipe all the data, and thus this would be almost like a clean w10 install.  

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I have my main pc that is fairly heavily setup. All my programs and games.

Is there any evidence outside of anecdotal that the clean installation is faster? Many of these types of ideas have been hanging around since win98 days when it did matter but just trying to see if it really is worth the effort to clean install or just upgrade
 

Answer:Any evidence a clean install is faster than upgrade? (Win10)

I'll make it short and sweet: it sure as hell can't hurt.

I've done three upgrades in 30+ years of using Windows operating systems: Windows 98SE on top of Windows 98, and two machines I just upgraded to Windows 10 Pro over Windows 7 Pro, and immediately did clean installs for both instances (and didn't have to worry about a Product Key either).

My recommendation to people is always do a clean install, but I know that some people are in situations where it's just not a feasible solution because of having a ton of applications installed, not knowing where the serial/registration keys might be in case they had to reinstall, or any of another dozen reasons.

Is a clean install faster than an upgrade? Well, one thinking logically would say yes since there's absolutely nothing remaining of the previous install so there shouldn't be anything that could cause issues because of an upgrade which does basically work in-place, so the Registry gets transferred over (it's still got to be loaded with all the info for all the stuff that's installed when the upgrade takes place, etc).

I just recommend a clean install, period, and I never recommend upgrades but this time out Microsoft didn't give me or others much choice since this Windows 10 thing is an upgrade-only offer to get it free of charge presently. You can clean install whenever you want afterward but the first time has to be an upgrade.

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I installed Build 10240 on a brand new SSD drive with no problems. However, Windows rejects the the activation code I found on another post in this forum:

How to activate the latest Windows 10 build - Microsoft Community

That post says activation really isn't necessary, but in fact it is. So is there a way to activate a clean install of Build 10240?

I tried entering the code from my Win7 DVD, but (of course) that was rejected also.
Edit:

Well DARN!!! Windows says it is the 32-bit version -- so of course it is going to reject the 64-bit version activation codes. I don't know if I clicked on the wrong download or if it was just mis-labelled. Looks like I have to start over.

Oh well.

Answer:How to activate WIn10 Build 10240 CLean Install

From here: Windows 10 Build 10240 for PC is now available

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Hey all, I found this site on Google and was impressed with answers so figured I would make an account. I've tried fixing these issues myself since 2016 and I'm about to check myself into an insane asylum because issues keep reappearing after completely reinstalling windows. Note: performance seems....fine? But I get an egregious amount of ADS while surfing with EDGE or Chrome, even with UBlock Origin installed. There also weird processes running (including a CMD prompt flash on startup).
Someone did hack my amazon account a few months ago and ordered some stuff so that prompted me to go nuclear and audit all of my online account passwords and update two-factor authentication, etc etc.

I would just like an expert to evaluate my running process and any potential hijacks that might be hidden in the registry (is that even possible??) Should I use the FRST tool like in the other threads and post the logs?

Thanks for taking the time.

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I originally upgraded my Win 7 64b to win 10. Had issues, so downloaded the Media Creation Tool and installed a clean Win 10. I messed up the password question and enabled the password and couldn't get it resolved so decided to reinstall again. I thought I'd reformat the usb media stick just in case it had issues. To reformat, I put the disc in the drive and right clicked and hit format.
I then put the usb memory stick in the drive and tried to reboot. I won't boot the the memory stick. I tried changing the boot sequence in the bios to boot to removable device but it still goes straight to Win 10.
Do you think I did something to the memory stick so it doesn't work? Any ideas?

Answer:Memory Stik Question/Clean install Win10

You erased it when you formatted it.

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Hi everyone,

I've been having problems with my computer BSOD'ing, even under light usage (internet browsing, etc). The computer will crash randomly, sometimes several times an hour, or sometimes it will go for a week with no problem. It started a couple months ago, with several BSOD error codes but the most frequent code being Critical Structure Corruption. I decided to reinstall Windows10 from scratch, as I had read that the upgrade from Win7 to Win10 sometimes caused errors.

I am now running a fresh reinstall of Win10 Pro, but the BSOD'ing has started again : the only code shown is now Critical Structure Corruption, so at least the other error codes seem to have been fixed by the reinstall.

Any idea what the problem could be? Here's the log info :

DESKTOP-TT7R586-2016-05-28_131444_83.zip

Thanks for your help!

Cheers,

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Hi everyone,

I've been having problems with my computer BSOD'ing, even under light usage (internet browsing, etc). The computer will crash randomly, sometimes several times an hour, or sometimes it will go for a week with no problem. It started a couple months ago, with several BSOD error codes but the most frequent code being Critical Structure Corruption. I decided to reinstall Windows10 from scratch, as I had read that the upgrade from Win7 to Win10 sometimes caused errors.

I am now running a fresh reinstall of Win10 Pro, but the BSOD'ing has started again : the only code shown is now Critical Structure Corruption, so at least the other error codes seem to have been fixed by the reinstall.

Any idea what the problem could be? Here's the log info :

Attachment 82150

Thanks for your help!

Cheers,

Answer:BSOD critical structure corruption on a clean install of Win10 Pro

Hi f33dback,

Please update the BIOS and let me know if that helps
ASRock > H97M Pro4

If it doesn't help then I suggest to run MemTest86+ as a next step.



Diagnostic Test

 RAM TEST

Run MemTest86+ to analyse your RAM. MemTest86+ - Test RAM - Windows 10 Forums


   Note


MemTest86+ needs to be run for at least 8 complete passes for conclusive results. Set it running before you go to bed and leave it overnight. We're looking for zero errors here. Even a single error will indicate RAM failure.

Make a photo of the result and post it.

Addition:
If errors show up you can stop the test, remove all sticks but 1 and test this single stick in each slot for 8 passes or until errors show, switch sticks and repeat.
If errors show up and you see them a lot later, no problem, the errors don't affect the test.

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Hi.. I see there's a fairly recent thread called "Downgrading to Windows 7" but that's not applicable to me. I haven't got the "go back to an earlier build" recovery option. So, here's my situation:

HDD 0 is my surfing C drive, and has Win10 - that Win10 being a July 'upgrade' of Win7.
HDD 1 is a non-OS drive. I want to use my Win7 disk to create a new OS from scratch on this HDD 1.
HDD 2 has an earlier Win7 with no internet access, and I want that left untouched. So let's ignore HDD 2.

Now, I gather that Win10 has might have 'locked on to' my MS licence, and may have revoked use of the product key for Win7. So my questions are these:

1: If I go to all the bother of installing Win7 on HDD 1, will the product key be accepted?

2: If the answer to 1 is 'no' then what if I totally wipe Win10 from HDD 0, and then try installing Win7 again? Might I be left in a situation where I can't have Win7 on my PC, and have lost my rights to Win10 as well?

Answer:Clean-install Windows 7 after the Win10 revert option has expired?

The Windows 10 upgrade did nothing to your Windows 7 product key, it remains just as valid to use in any legal installation as it always was. HOWEVER it violates the End Users License Agreement to have the Windows 7 and Windows 10 upgrade resulting from that Windows 7 license installed on the same computer at the same time. Thus it also violates this forum's rules to discuss how to do it. You have 1 license/product key for Windows - that means only one installation of Windows is legally allowed from that license/product key, Windows 10 or Windows 7, not both; even though only your honesty is preventing you from using the same license for both the Windows 10 and Windows 7.

If you choose to purchase a second license for Windows, then you can see here for more information:
Windows 10 - Dual Boot with Windows 7 or Windows 8 - Windows 10 Forums

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Hi I'm trying to do a clean install WIN10 Release on my W700. My win81 is kind of crap and i need to do a clean install (and not first win8, win81 and then win10). When the WIN10 installer shows the destination window, it is just empty and it asks for a device driver, and gives me the posibility to specify one. I just don't have any idea of which driver it is.Any ideas? br Lars











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Answer:Disk driver for WIN10 clean install on Iconia W700...

Solved.I have a WIN81 PRO license, so i downloaded the WIN10 64bit PRO version of course. THis one can not see the disk in my tablet.Then i downloaded the Home version, and this on works. After installation and activation, windows did the pro upgrade automatically. 













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I'm a student and my university has a subscription to Dreamspark, so I got a Win10 key, along with an ISO-file from there. I'm using a Lenovo G700 and trying to perform a clean install from a bootable USB-stick.I have tried creating this USB-stick with the "Win7 USB DVD Download Tool", using different guides from the internet with NTFS and Fat32 filesystem, launching the setup normally and through UEFI, using the "Media Creation Tool" (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10) to create the USB-stick directly and downloading the ISO file first and creating a bootable USB-stick from that with all the methods above, but no matter which of these methods I use, I get the following error during installation:"A media driver your computer needs is missing." (http://oi60.tinypic.com/2n1weuq.jpg)Unfortunatley, I am currently running Win7 Pro x64 on my laptop and the following page says, that the upgrade to Win10 only works from Win8.1, not Win7: https://support.lenovo.com/sg/en/documents/ht103535#lenovonotebookWhen I try to use the "Media Creation Tool" to instantly perform an upgrade, I get the following error:"Something happened... 0x80070422 - 0x90016"What drivers could the installation possibly be missing? I don't have any external devices plugged in, except for the bootable USB-stick, of course. I tried downloading all drivers for Win7 x64 and Win10 x64 from the Lenovo page (http://support.lenovo.com/sg/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/lenovo-g-series-laptops/le... Read more

Answer:Win10 clean install fails - missing media drivers

Make sure you are running the creation tool as Administrator and also that your systems region and the downloads region match.The Windows 10 upgrade works on Windows 7 (all licenses) via Windows update - pull in the latest updates and you will see the upgrade adviser appear in your system tray. Use it to upgrade and it should work.

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Folks,

I have an LG WH16NS40, SATA, in my rig. I've just performed a clean Win10 install. The drive (Bluray) is VERRRRY slow. I've got the latest firmware (released almost a year ago, v1.02). Device manager shows Win10 using driver version 10.0.10586.0 from June 21, 2006.

I've got to think that there's newer/better driver software available. (My understanding is that any DVD/BR drive uses Windows drivers and only firmware can be updated from the manufacturer.)

Is there a standard benchmark to run which would quantify the speed?

Is there a better/newer driver I could use?

Manufacturer's product link: LG Internal Blu Ray DVD Drive WH16NS40 | LG Electronics US

Thanks,
Ken

Answer:LG Bluray Player, WH16NS40, very slow on a clean Win10 install

As 10586 is the latest released build of Windows 10, I think you have the latest driver. (The same shows in my system.)

I have never used a benchmarking program. I burn most optical disks with Nero, which reports the instantaneous burning data rate.

I haven't noticed any slowdowns under Windows 10 with my drive, which is exactly the same model as yours. I may have never updated the firmware on it, though. I'm at 1.00.

(Edit: ) I lied. Nero does not report the actual burn rate. (Nero reports the read rate during the optional data verification. Useful mainly for entertainment, I suppose.)

I update the firmware to 1.02. It took about a minute to burn 300 MB to a CD at a nominal 48X. (That's exclusive of the lead in and out.) An actual 48X data rate would require 40 seconds, and the maximum data rate is usually achieved only near the outer edge of the CD, so I think that all is well. Haven't tested any DVDs or BDs today.

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Hi,
I've run into a following problem with Win 10 installation.

A month ago I've bought an inexpensive Atom 3735F + 1 GB RAM + 16GM storage Win 8.1 tablet.

I've first tried to install Win10 using "forced" windows update option (wuauclt.exe /updatenow), but it didn't work - probably because of not enough free storage space.
Then I've created a bootable USB pendrive with Win10, but the setup would quit. Now I know why - the pendrive was broken.
So I've decided to perform a clean Windows 10 installation by booting from the pendrive.
And here are several mistakes I've done: I didn't write down the Win 8.1 key before removing Win 8.1 partitions. I forgot that I would have to do the upgrade first for Win 10 to activate properly.

So here is where I am now:
I've performed a clean Win10 installation, by removing all the Win 8.1 partitions and I don't know what my Win 8.1 serial key is.

Now, the problem with Win10 is that it is stuck in some sort of a boot loop: Windows boots, asks me to choose a WIFI/3G network and choose the settings (express etc.), then it loads for few seconds (spinning circles), then it reboots and I'm back again asked to choose wifi/specify settings...

I want to be at least able to use my tablet before I get the Win 8.1 key from the manufacturer (I hope it is possible) and do the upgrade procedure correctly.

Any ideas on how I can quit this boot loop? Do you think the manufacturer might make any problems with providing me my original Win 8.1 ke... Read more

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Hello,
Like the title says, will it be possible?
If yes, it makes sense.
If no, how users who upgrade from 8.1 supposed to clean install Win10 down the line in the future?

Will we (win 8.1, 8 and 7 owners) be given new activation codes?

Thanks

Answer:Will Win8.1 Pro activation code work on Win10 Pro clean install?

No.. you can't use a WIn8.1 key to activate a copy of WIn10. And MS has not really said how the ISO will be distributed. I think and so do some others that when we do get access to it we will have a new key for WIn10.

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Folks,

I have an LG WH16NS40, SATA, in my rig. I've just performed a clean Win10 install. The drive (Bluray) is VERRRRY slow. I've got the latest firmware (released almost a year ago, v1.02). Device manager shows Win10 using driver version 10.0.10586.0 from June 21, 2006.

I've got to think that there's newer/better driver software available. (My understanding is that any DVD/BR drive uses Windows drivers and only firmware can be updated from the manufacturer.)

Is there a standard benchmark to run which would quantify the speed?

Is there a better/newer driver I could use?

Manufacturer's product link: LG Internal Blu Ray DVD Drive WH16NS40 | LG Electronics US

Thanks,
Ken

Answer:LG Bluray Player, WH16NS40, very slow on a clean Win10 install

As 10586 is the latest released build of Windows 10, I think you have the latest driver. (The same shows in my system.)

I have never used a benchmarking program. I burn most optical disks with Nero, which reports the instantaneous burning data rate.

I haven't noticed any slowdowns under Windows 10 with my drive, which is exactly the same model as yours. I may have never updated the firmware on it, though. I'm at 1.00.

(Edit: ) I lied. Nero does not report the actual burn rate. (Nero reports the read rate during the optional data verification. Useful mainly for entertainment, I suppose.)

I update the firmware to 1.02. It took about a minute to burn 300 MB to a CD at a nominal 48X. (That's exclusive of the lead in and out.) An actual 48X data rate would require 40 seconds, and the maximum data rate is usually achieved only near the outer edge of the CD, so I think that all is well. Haven't tested any DVDs or BDs today.

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I have Pavilion laptop with Win8 recovery option. I've upgraded my Win8 to Win10 via the free option. Now I need a clean install (format c: equal).

Should I:
1. Install Win10 directly from the usb flash I used to install my desktop? If so what happens with product key, can it be found and saved before I run down my laptop? Does it matter that I'm sharing an IP adress with the desktop = another (actually purchased) Win10?

2. Run full recovery on laptop and when win8 pops up do another upgrade? Is it still free?

3. other?

Thanks for help.

Answer:Win10 updated from Win8 - does clean install loose product key?

1. Install Win10 directly from the usb flash I used to install my desktop? If so what happens with product key, can it be found and saved before I run down my laptop? Does it matter that I'm sharing an IP adress with the desktop = another (actually purchased) Win10?



Use this option. With Internet connection, if asked for product key, click on "Skip This Step" or "I don't have a product Key". Windows will be activated automatically.

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Hi I'm trying to do a clean install WIN10 Release on my W700. My win81 is kind of crap and i need to do a clean install (and not first win8, win81 and then win10). When the WIN10 installer shows the destination window, it is just empty and it asks for a device driver, and gives me the posibility to specify one. I just don't have any idea of which driver it is.Any ideas? br Lars










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Answer:Disk driver for WIN10 clean install on Iconia W700...

Solved.I have a WIN81 PRO license, so i downloaded the WIN10 64bit PRO version of course. THis one can not see the disk in my tablet.Then i downloaded the Home version, and this on works. After installation and activation, windows did the pro upgrade automatically. 












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Hi.. I see there's a fairly recent thread called "Downgrading to Windows 7" but that's not applicable to me. I haven't got the "go back to an earlier build" recovery option. So, here's my situation:

HDD 0 is my surfing C drive, and has Win10 - that Win10 being a July 'upgrade' of Win7.
HDD 1 is a non-OS drive. I want to use my Win7 disk to create a new OS from scratch on this HDD 1.
HDD 2 has an earlier Win7 with no internet access, and I want that left untouched. So let's ignore HDD 2.

Now, I gather that Win10 has might have 'locked on to' my MS licence, and may have revoked use of the product key for Win7. So my questions are these:

1: If I go to all the bother of installing Win7 on HDD 1, will the product key be accepted?

2: If the answer to 1 is 'no' then what if I totally wipe Win10 from HDD 0, and then try installing Win7 again? Might I be left in a situation where I can't have Win7 on my PC, and have lost my rights to Win10 as well?

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I just bought a ThinkPad T400, and 8GB DDR3 upgrade kit. After first log on, I realized the Windows 7 is 32bit. How can I upgrade to Ultimate x64 instead?

Thanks for your help.
 

Answer:Win7 32bit Home Premium to Win7 64bit Ultimate: Possible without Clean Install?

no.
you cannot change architecture without a clean install.
 

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My first hard drive on my computer has Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS in a dual-boot configuration. I recently upgraded Ubuntu from 10.04 to 12.04 LTS. I want to do a clean re-install of my Windows 7 and I would like some information as to the best way to go about doing this. I don't want to mess with Ubuntu, considering I just installed and configured it like I want it. Windows 7 is over a year old and I wanted to start with a fresh clean install. Out of the 320 GB hard drive, Ubuntu is installed on 50 GB(sda2) and the rest is for Windows 7(sda1). Just looking for the best method to go about doing this. Any ideas would be appreciated. ThanksOS: Windows 7 64bit/Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 64bitCPU/Ram: E8500/8GB PC2-6400Manufacturer/Model: AVA Direct / Built online

Answer:Clean Win7 re-install in dual-boot Win7 & Ubuntu system

This might help:http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/ubun...--Andrew LeonardBL Technical ServicesIT Support Maryland

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I just baught an aspire E-5 with win 10. I've installed win 7 but no updates from MS. my question is is my computer compatible with win 7? Other then that everything is good.

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Hello,

New to forum, looking forward to a new, fun, educational environment!

I have similar question as earlier poster, and request similar assistance offered:

"You needn't change the boot order in BIOS every time, just set your preferred HD to boot first (after DVD drive) then if you want to boot the other HD, use the key given on bootup screen for Boot Menu to trigger the other HD instead.

If you will post back your make computer, we'll look up what key it is that you press at bootup.

Otherwise use EasyBCD to create a Windows-managed Dual Boot but it is harder to extricate later."

I like the idea of manual dual boot option, and would be concerned about the "harder to extricate later" part. I mainly just want to be able to access old files on old HDD.

I'm currently running home built PC:

Win XP SP2
MS-7125 ( K8N Neo4 Platinum)
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG, 5/22/2006
SMBIOS Version 2.3
AMD Opteron 170
2 GB DDR 400 memory
640 GB HDD

I'm building new system, having been with XP since 2003, and holding off on Vista all this time. Don't get me wrong, I've no complaints about XP, but I'm bustin' at the seems for Windows 7, after seeing it on my 67 year-old Mom's new laptop. It was like a bite of fresh fruit on a desert island. I'm so excited!

New system hardware:

Win 7 Professional 64 OEM
MSI 785GM-E65
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8 GHz
w/Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 7 Rev.2 heatsink fan
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Answer:Clean install Win7 in new HDD, w/XP on old HDD?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by gigem891


Hello,

New to forum, looking forward to a new, fun, educational environment!

I have similar question as earlier poster, and request similar assistance offered:

"You needn't change the boot order in BIOS every time, just set your preferred HD to boot first (after DVD drive) then if you want to boot the other HD, use the key given on bootup screen for Boot Menu to trigger the other HD instead.

If you will post back your make computer, we'll look up what key it is that you press at bootup.

Otherwise use EasyBCD to create a Windows-managed Dual Boot but it is harder to extricate later."

I like the idea of manual dual boot option, and would be concerned about the "harder to extricate later" part. I mainly just want to be able to access old files on old HDD.

I'm currently running home built PC:

Win XP SP2
MS-7125 ( K8N Neo4 Platinum)
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG, 5/22/2006
SMBIOS Version 2.3
AMD Opteron 170
2 GB DDR 400 memory
640 GB HDD

I'm building new system, having been with XP since 2003, and holding off on Vista all this time. Don't get me wrong, I've no complaints about XP, but I'm bustin' at the seems for Windows 7, after seeing it on my 67 year-old Mom's new laptop. It was like a bite of fresh fruit on a desert island. I'm so excited!

New system hardware:

Win 7 Professional OEM
MSI 785GM-E65
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.... Read more

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Hi Guys
A month of headaches with my new build led me here, I just can't get a clean install!
The first install did not go well but after a few attempts it booted and was working, I was 7.9 all the way but was plagued by core windows program faults, simple things like windows explorer would fail, internet explorer etc things that should just work. I tried a few more installs but always got failure at 18% expanding files, I stripped the pc down and rebuilt swapping the moduals and just using minimum hardware. Trying to keep this as shrt as possible. I began to doubt the SSD, It looks like data is being corrupted during install, but I may be wrong. Fail reports tell me files are corrupted but not always the same ones. I tried to install to other HD's, three in all but still same issue, I have tried fresh installs and also upgrade installs, formatting and reallocating makes no difference. I also updated sata, chipset and bios, tried a different copy of windows 7, Today I bought a new optical drive and swapped out the sata cables. I got past 18% but got bluescreen after reboot before 19%. The best I have had is windows is finalising installation and it crashes after the reboot. I thnk I tried just about everything I know but now I have to hand over to the experts I have read about in here. Sorry for the long post.

Answer:Cannot get a clean install x64 win7

  
Quote: Originally Posted by lostjonny


... I stripped the pc down and rebuilt swapping the moduals ...


Is this referring to the memory modules? The memory is what I would suspect in your situation. Are you sure you have the correct memory modules for your mobo?

Are you running stock speed and voltage or have you attempted any OCing?

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Hi all,

I got a new SSD today, woo hoo! It is a crucial M4 128gb.

I want to do a clean install of Win7 on this and then add a few programs that I use the most like, BF3, corel draw, and a CAD program.

1. I do a new install on the SSD, what happens to the old HDD with win 7 installed on it?

2. Can I delete the old win7 off the old HDD once I have win7 going on the new SSD?

3. I think I should partition the new SSD so that at least one section is clean and dedicated to Win 7 only. How much should I allocate for this?

4. Any other tips or sugestions? I have read something about ACIP or AHIC in the mobo to turn on? I have the ASUS P6t board.

Peter

Answer:New SSD and clean Win7 install best way to do it????

Hello Peter, And an overall welcome to Sevenforums

Saving files is another matter, and one I will leave up to you. However, to do a clean install, I recommend using this LINK, and disconnecting any HDD's while the computer is off in order to install to the SSD.

If your previous windows 7 install on the HDD is the same you are placing on the SSD, then I would completely reformat the HDD so as to leave no trace of the OS on it.

I wouldn't partition the SSD, but its a choice you can make for yourself. Is there really a good reason for this?

It is recommended that you enable AHCI mode in the BIOS before you install the OS because it will allow your SSD to operate faster.

After you reformat the HDD, you can use it however you like.

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Question: Win7 Clean install

I am trying to do a clean install of windows on my computer, but there is a lot of programs (mostly games) that i have downloaded and want to save. My internet is really slow and a lot of them took, no joke, 10 plus hours to download.
I have a second hard drive. So i was wondering if i move the program folder onto the second hard drive and then wipe my main and reinstall windows, will the programs still run with out having to reinstall or download? Any help would be nice. Thanks.

Answer:Win7 Clean install

Welcome
Two types of installs clean, which is the best by far. You lose all your programs and have to reinstall
There is also an upgrade install, you do not lose your programs. The final OS will probably not be as good as if you did a clean install.
Clean Install Windows 7

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I had Windows 7 on a RAID 0 array using 2 x 150 Gig Raptors. Over the years and especially after the 7.1 upgrade it became much slower. In fact boot up took more than 3.5 minutes even with 24 Gig of RAM. I finally bought a 1 gig SSD and copied my C drive over to it. Boots up now in 36 seconds. However I think it would be much faster if I started from scratch and reinstalled everything which was in fact the plan. Unfortunately I just kept working with the new drive and adding more stuff for the last year so that the old RAID array is way out of date. I want to do a new install on another partition on the SSD without deleting it, reinstall everything and then delete the old install and partition on the SSD. Can I just make a new partition to the right of the C drive and continue from there and then delete the original C drive on the SSD or is there anything else I m]need to know? I may have even done this many years ago with older OS?s but I can?t recall for sure.

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I want to re-install Windows 7 on my Toshiba Satellite laptop. I don't think I ever got a CD with the system or if I did I have long since lost it. I have a CD with MSDN Win7 on it, but I used the key on another computer.

Is there a way to re-install Windows 7 on the laptop without having to pay for it again?

Answer:Clean install of Win7 with no CD available.

Did the laptop come with Win 7? If so, Toshiba uses a recovery partition to recovery to the factory install of Windows 7. The keyboard command should be listed on your Toshiba boot screen. If you can still boot it, there should also be a menu item in Programs to start the recovery from there. Look under the various Toshiba folders.

Otherwise, you can order recovery CDs from Toshiba for about $20-$30.

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Question: Clean Install Win7

What's the best way to clean install Win7? My PC has WinXP 32 bit Home Edition and although my mobo can take up to 8 Gigs RAM my OS limits what I can use to only 3 Gigs. I need more RAM for my FSX games. My rig is decent enough 3.0 G AMD Phenom II X 4 and I have an HD 6770 video card. I figured that upgrading my OS to Win7 Home Premium 64 bit I could add more RAM. But to do this I will have to save apps and devices since installing Win7 will automatically format the old HD. I appreciate any help.
 

Answer:Clean Install Win7

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Hello all. I have a new Lenovo X1 Carbon: 3444AZUI am attempting to do a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. I have a license key already. I have downloaded the official Microsoft ISO from Digital River, and used the Microsoft Windows 7 USB utility to create a bootable USB key installer. The machine boots into the windows install environment, and after selecting to install, it notifies me that it can?t find a supported drive to install on and prompts me for drivers. I have placed, on a separate USB key, a number of drivers from the following sources:From the computer factory image, as delivered: c:\SWTOOLS\DRIVERS\-          \USB3.0-          \INTELINF-          \PMDRIVER I have also downloaded the Chipset driver and extracted those files :                \INTELINF                \IRST64 In each of these cases, I have booted from the installer, begun the installer, and when prompted for drivers, gone through the various subfolders of the above, suggesting the location to Windows; it then looks through (taking awhile) and says ?No compatible hardware drivers found? (or something to that effect), OR brings up a list of hardware items within that folder th... Read more

Answer:Help with clean Win7 install on X1C

The easiest solution is to boot the USB memory key on the USB 2.0 port, and not on the USB 3.0 port.  On X1 Carbon, USB 2.0 is on the left side.

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Hi,

if I am already running Win7 32 bit on a 2Core, can I suubsequently do a clean install of Win7 64 bit please?

what are the main advantages of 64 over 32 bit?

thanks,

Ric

Answer:Win7 32 to 64 bit clean install?

Welcome
Here is some information on 32 v 64

32-bit and 64-bit Windows: Frequently asked questions

If you have 32 bit you can do a clean install of 64, if computer meets requirements.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...m-requirements

take the upgrade test to be sure that your computer is qualified.
https://www.microsoft.com/windows/wi...e-advisor.aspx

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I just baught an aspire E-5 with win 10. I've installed win 7 but no updates from MS. my question is is my computer compatible with win 7? Other then that everything is good.

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I would like to have a clean install Win7 to my thinkpad with original vista pre-installed.I do not want to erase the F11 recovery function, that is keeping drive Q and S.However, if I install win7 from the installation disc, the MBR will be erased. Please give me some advice.  

Answer:How to clean install Win7

http://forum dot notebookreview dot com/lenovo/642274-hearsts-guide-clean-installing-windows-7-thinkpad.html change dot to .

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Well I did a clean install yesterday hoping to fix my installation error w/sp1, no luck. Ive gotten just about all the other important updates installed. I have tried to install via windows update, standalone x64, update readiness tool does nothing for me. I have tried to install with just one stick of ram, ive disable crossfire, booted into safe mode, etc. im out of ideas. Ive seen some logs being posted but im not sure what/where to find/get the log. I have gotten some bsod's, one said ntfs.sys was to blame, dxgmm1 was to blame, and then I get some with just the service stop text. I messed with msconfig to try and get a diagnosis boot to work, the list goes on.

Ill be happy to load a log when i find it, i almost forgot, the error code via windows update is 8007000D

Thanks,
Andrew

Answer:Cannot install SP1 on clean install Win7

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Please check these possible solutions: can't install Windows 7 SP1. Get error 8007000D. Running WIndows 7 - Microsoft Answers

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This is my first post and I figured I'd start in this forum, and apologize if I've chosen incorrectly.

Here is my issue: Recently my Windows 7 Ultimate machine upgraded itself to Windows 10 with no input from me. I'm still trying to figure out exactly how that happened since my Users Folder was already on a different drive and everything I read indicated that I should have the user drive on the 'C:' drive before upgrading. Post upgrade I found that I now have two User Folders, one on the C: drive and the original one on the D: drive but have two 'Public' folders, one on C: and one on D:.

This seems to be Okay, as the machine is still working satisfactorily, but this is going to become confusing and I would like to rectify it before it does. My reason for needing to correct this is, when the machine was a Windows 7 Ultimate, I installed an SSD which is rather small (180 GB) and moved the 'SYSTEM' to that drive and moved all the other data to the regular HDD (2 TB), which is partitioned as two slaved drives 'D and E', one for User Data (D) and the other for Programs (E) and I want to continue that setup which up to this point has worked perfectly for my current needs.

So that end, I would like to do the following, but am unsure as how to proceed.

I would like to do a 'Clean Install of Windows 10' and move the 'Users Folder' to Drive D in the process.

I have read both tutorials on doing a Clean Install and Moving the Users Folder but have encountered some issues and ... Read more

Answer:Post Win10 Upgrade - need to Clean Install and Move User Folders

MichaelG7355 said:

In the 'Moving the Users Folder the tutorial mentions using the 'Install.wim' file to create an answerfile for sysprep. However, after using the Microsoft Media Tool to create an 'ISO' image I find that there is no 'install.wim' file but instead only an 'install.esd' file.



Hi MichaelG7355 and welcome to Tenforums.

I can answer the above question by pointing you to a very good tutorial on how to create the install.wim from the install.esd here:

ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File - Windows 10 Forums

If you have any questions about that procedure, you can post directly in that thread, and @Kari, the author will have an answer for you, I'm sure.

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Hi

I upgraded my Win7 Pro x64 to Win 10 Pro and everything works fine except it thinks there is no internet connection. Also, Win10 won't activate - Unable to reach Windows activation servers - I suspect due to the lack of internet connectivity. Except that I can get to any website I choose on this pc.
I tried all sorts of suggestions found here and on other sites, but nothing worked, so I had a go at a clean install of Win10 - only to be met with the same problem.
I have run this upgrade on other machines on the network (did one last week, in fact) and they activated ok, even though they also claim 'no internet access'.

The upgrade I ran on a freshly restored pc - it's an HP 500B, I restored Win7 Pro x64 to factory defaults from the original recovery media, it was activated ok.
The only driver issue I had was with the display but I found a fix for that, the machine runs quite happily with Win 10 Pro.
It was a fresh restore and I removed a lot of the bundled software (antivirus, pdf creators, etc) as we have our own a/v we use here. I ran the upgrade with no a/v in place, so the problem doesn't seem to be anything like the BitDefender issues I have read about.

I did a clean install after that, also no a/v, but also 'no internet access' and no activation.

I have tried it as a standalone machine on the network and joined to the domain - no change.
I have done the netsh int ip reset thing - no change.
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Answer:Win10 Pro Build 1703 no internet problem (upgrade and clean install)

Hi, suggest you consider trying an older version of the NIC driver. Do you have any Broadcom hardware?

Just noted, however, you say




Except that I can get to any website I choose on this pc.



- which would seem to imply you do have some internet access.

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Hello,

In need of basic advise please.

I am building a new computer next weekend and have three drives and would appreciate your advice on a partitioning strategy for 3 drives:

- Drive 1: New 256GB SSD m.2 pci-e SSD for Win10 and apps (autocad, sketchup, Adobe CC, rendering apps)

- Drive 2: Old 2010 Vertex SSD which is 90-120gb (can't recall) for scratch disk/win page file for Adobe and apps

- Drive 3: New HGST 7200rpm 4TB 3.5" HDD for files, pics, video and possible system image ( necessary on Win10?)

1) I plan to format all 3 drives as NTFS unless there is strong suggestion to do otherwise?
2) what is best partition strategy for Drive 1? How much GBs for partitions for Win vs Apps? Is 60GB adequate for win10 partition leaving just under 200 GB for apps?
3) I read on win website to create 3 partitions for sys in this order: utilities; sys; win recovery. Does default win setup do this automatically or must I specify how many partitions and in what order and in what size? I'm clueless on this.
4) Disk 2: how much risk am I taking by using 5 yr old SSD for scratch disk? The virtual memory is volatile anyway so am I just risking each current session? I plan to point page file, cache, scratch to this drive. If too risky, I presume that using boot SSD as scratch is better than using HDD #3?
5) Disk 3: does win10 still require that user do image of opsys for recovery (using acronis et al) and, if so, how many GBs do I partition on Disk 3 and if so does it matter if it... Read more

Answer:Partition strategy for clean install (Win10, apps, scratch, storage)?

I can tell you how I would start. Boot from the Windows 10 install USB, select custom install, delete any partitions on the first SSD, install Windows 10 to the unallocated space and let it create it's own partitions.

Also, I would not pay full price for a Windows 10 product key, I would purchase a cheaper Windows 7 or 8 and use that product key to activate Windows 10 with.

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Hello,

In need of basic advise please.

I am building a new computer next weekend and have three drives and would appreciate your advice on a partitioning strategy for 3 drives:

- Drive 1: New 256GB SSD m.2 pci-e SSD for Win10 and apps (autocad, sketchup, Adobe CC, rendering apps)

- Drive 2: Old 2010 Vertex SSD which is 90-120gb (can't recall) for scratch disk/win page file for Adobe and apps

- Drive 3: New HGST 7200rpm 4TB 3.5" HDD for files, pics, video and possible system image ( necessary on Win10?)

1) I plan to format all 3 drives as NTFS unless there is strong suggestion to do otherwise?
2) what is best partition strategy for Drive 1? How much GBs for partitions for Win vs Apps? Is 60GB adequate for win10 partition leaving just under 200 GB for apps?
3) I read on win website to create 3 partitions for sys in this order: utilities; sys; win recovery. Does default win setup do this automatically or must I specify how many partitions and in what order and in what size? I'm clueless on this.
4) Disk 2: how much risk am I taking by using 5 yr old SSD for scratch disk? The virtual memory is volatile anyway so am I just risking each current session? I plan to point page file, cache, scratch to this drive. If too risky, I presume that using boot SSD as scratch is better than using HDD #3?
5) Disk 3: does win10 still require that user do image of opsys for recovery (using acronis et al) and, if so, how many GBs do I partition on Disk 3 and if so does it matter if it... Read more

Answer:Partition strategy for clean install (Win10, apps, scratch, storage)?

I can tell you how I would start. Boot from the Windows 10 install USB, select custom install, delete any partitions on the first SSD, install Windows 10 to the unallocated space and let it create it's own partitions.

Also, I would not pay full price for a Windows 10 product key, I would purchase a cheaper Windows 7 or 8 and use that product key to activate Windows 10 with.

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Hey, I currently have Windows 7 Build 7264 64-bit, and I have a lot of apps installed. I don't want to lose them, so I want to upgrade. Can I do this with my specs? (64 bit, 7264) Upgrade to 7600 RTM.

If I can't, how can I keep my apps through a clean install?

Answer:Upgrade (not clean install) from Win7 7264 to Win7 RTM?

should be able to upgrade...
but if you cant upgrade, you can always use windows easy transfer? or something ( I never used it b4)
Clean installation is ALWAYS the best. Upgrading causes a lot of errors.
Also, just ot let you know, windows 7 7600 is MUCH more stable than any earlier windwos 7 builds (explorer and ie stop crashing0!!!)

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