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Clean install Win10 on HP laptop preinstalled with Win10

Question: Clean install Win10 on HP laptop preinstalled with Win10

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

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Preferred Solution: Clean install Win10 on HP laptop preinstalled with Win10

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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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I hope somebody can either explain to me what I'm missing or point me to an explanation.

I have two 256 Gig SSDs on which I'd loaded different operating systems but virtually identical applications. One was Windows 8.1 and one was Windows 7. They were interchangeable -- all I had to do was shut down, remove one SSD and replace it with the other, boot into BIOS, ensure BIOS would boot from the new drive, and off to the races.

In addition to the SSD I have four 3-Tb hard drives in my desktop setup. Either of the OS installations would identify the drives nicely along with their partitions. No problems with the additional hard drives.

Then I decided to upgrade the Win8.1 installation to Win10. After backing up Win8.1 with Acronis True Image, I let Microsoft do its thing and pretty soon I was running Win10 and everything was great. All my applications, well, nearly all, survived the transformation with drivers intact and they're running just as well as before. I've never experienced an upgrade from one OS to another that went so smoothly. And I like Win10, especially now that I have it looking almost like my Win7 installation. It works the same but it truly seems peppier. I'm happy. Or I was...

This morning I decided to see whether a clean installation would work even better than the upgrade -- maybe I wouldn't get those annoying delays sometimes when starting Windows (File) Explorer. Maybe I would stop seeing the occasional long delay when starting an applicatio... Read more

Answer:Win10 clean - Win10 update Mismatch Initiates CHKDSK

I wonder if Fast Startup is involved here: See here: Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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'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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

If you do the upgrade and you're happ... 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?

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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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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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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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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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'm new to this forum and I need help. I contacted MS support and was told that I could not RDC from my laptop that has Windows 10 home to my desktop that has Windows 10 Pro. I was told that both had to be Windows 10 Pro. I don't think that is true. Can someone help me?

I'm easily confused in network stuff when it comes to configuring routers, permissions, stuff like that. I'm hoping that someone will be able to help me get my network established and permissions set. Then I can RDC and run programs on my desktop from my laptop. I have some graphics programs that just don't perform well on my laptop, but work very well on the desktop.

Thanks in advance,

Rod

Answer:Need help RDC from laptop Win10 Home to desktop Win10 Pro

Whoever you talked to at MS support was a moron.

Yes you can connect from a Home version of Windows to a Pro version of Windows.

See if this tutorial written by Kari on TenForums helps.
RDC - Connect Remotely to your Windows 10 PC

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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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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?

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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 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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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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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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I'm working with a Lenovo Z50-70 Win8.1x64 preinstalled and wish to know what to do after updating to WIN10:- as updating to WIN10 we will have to reinstall all SW programs, what about the Lenovo applictions (OneKey Recovery, Smart Voice, ....)?- I think its files are in the Lenovo partition, each one has a setup.exe, but there is no help to assist in reinstalling.Could somebody specify the steps to run?Thanks.

Answer:Lenovo preinstalled SW after updating to WIN10

First thing I would do is make sure I have the latest drivers and software from support.lenovo.com for Windows 10.Then check everything that is installed on your machine individually. If a certain program or peripheral doesn't work reinstall the software or the driver.That is basically it.

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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?
 

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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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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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.

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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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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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I have a feeling im screwed here, but hopefully someone can offer a solution.

I recently bought an Asus s200e with windows 8 pre-installed. This does not come with a windows cd/dvd/usb or product key. I planned to replace the HDD with an SSD.. so i formatted the drive to mess around with debian and ubuntu. I read that the KEY was tied in with the UEFI and i could just boot windows 8 from a usb flashdrive when i bought my SSD.

So i installed the SSD on the laptop and created a UEFI bootable usb windows 8 iso from my windows 7 computer. This worked fine installing on the laptop but it says it's in 'evaluation' mode and valid for 90 days. I used Belarc Advisor to pull the product key and used the cmd: slmgr.vbs -ipk "product key here" to "activate windows".

But i dont know if the product key is that of the evaluation version or not as it still appear to be in evaluation mode, i was under the impression the product key was tied in with the UEFI?

How exactly am i meant to do a clean reinstall of windows 8? If the key is tied in with the UEFI then wouldn't it just pull the product key from there when installing.. im not sure why i have the 'Evaluation Version' unless i've downloaded the wrong iso..?

Thankyou for any help.

Answer:Clean install windows 8 on preinstalled laptop

UPDATE:

I think i do have the incorrect .iso - i went to activate windows through cmd: slui and entered the product key that i pulled with Belarc Advisor. It said the key works but it's invalid for this version of windows 8.

On quick reflection i realized theres windows 8 basic, windows 8 pro and windows 8 enterprise. So im in the process of downloading the basic .iso and hopefully activating it with the key from the UEFI.

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Intro: Hello Eight Forums! Been lurking in this forum for a long time. I haven't made an account because when I found a thread it usually solves my problem right away which shows how great this community is! But now I think I have a specific problem I want resolved so I made an account to post this. So FIRST POST! (please be gentle)

Situation: I have a Lenovo Y410P laptop with an OEM preinstalled Windows 8 Single Language (64bit).

Two essential questions:
Is there any ISO I can find to do a clean installation of Windows 8.1 with Update 1 (64bit)?
Will I be able to activate it using OEM key integrated in the laptop?

Thank you in advance.

Answer:Clean install Win 8.1 update1 on preinstalled Win 8 Laptop

Yes be sure to download the Single language version. Get your system driver from the Lenovo Support website, and yes your OEM embedded key will work as long as you install the same version Core, Pro or single language (option one) Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create be sure to select the single language version.

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This forum is so much of wealthy info and thanks to you all for helping folks like me.

Computer:
New Lenovo Z580 Laptop with UEFI and Windows 8 Preinstalled

What I did (did many things but this is what I remember):
1. Tried installing Ubuntu, lost partitions and Windows didn't boot either

2. Recovered some of the Partitions using Minitool etc but all the Windows files were lost

3. Downloaded Lenovo One Key Recovery ISO (OKR8 ISO) and installed it. Now the one recovery seems to work - at least the screen comes up but there is an error when I tried to do recovery - error code 0xe0ef0050

4. Created a Windows set up USB using my friend Enterprise DVD and overwrote the Install.wim file using the Install.wim that I got from the recovery partition (had to split the image into swm files) but it didn't work. It said the product key doesn't match with the image (I didn't enter any product key anywhere)

5. Tried applying the image of the install.wim that I got from the recovery partition using DISM but it didn't work.

What I have now:
A USB Recovery Disk
The OEM Product key that I got using rweverything
A Windows 8 enterprise edition DVD from a friend
Install.wim file (around 8.9GB) that I recovered from the PRB_DRV partition. In fact I have all files from that partition intact and stored in my other computer.

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Answer:Clean Install on Preinstalled UEFI Lenovo Laptop

Option One.
You can Order Lenovo Recovery Disks from here:
https://www.lenovorecovery.com/Extranet/Home.aspx

Option Two.
Buy Windows 8/8.1 DVD & Product Key.

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Hi,
Yesterday bought two dell vostro 5459 laptop with preinstalled win 10 home, but there is no option to downgrade to windows 7, it seems to be fresh installation. Can i get the win7 key to do the installation.

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Hi there, I am not really new to all this but rather stuck on a knowledge level 10 years past ;-))I bought an ideapad 700 17ISK (used) that came with Windows 10 preinstalled.Since for the last decade and more I've been using Ubuntu, I wanted to stick with that and deceided to check wether it runs ok on the new notebook.I ran a Live-system and was quite pleased and decided to install it alongside the Windows installtion since I was curious and wanted to test that as well.I saw that the main partition sda5 was empty and used that one for installation and split it for data and swap.After installation I could not boot into my fresh ubuntu installation, neither acces the Windows 10 installation.Beforehand it always started with a message that some things had to be configured, now I get an error page saying my PC needs repair and that \Windows\system32\winload.efi was not foundAnd error code 0xc0000225 I tried several things like downloading Windows 10 images, running them from USB drive and running automated repair, trying different things from command prompt etc... Nothing helped, I think I'll need to reinstall Windows to get this going again But before buying the hilariously overpriced System Recovery media (Why doesn't Lenovo offer a .iso download for a reasonable price, that would save some money and get instant recovery!!) I'd like to know if I can not just install the .iso version of Windows 10 I downloaded from Microsoft?Will that give me a functioning Window... Read more

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Current: Win10 ver 1511 build 10586.589
Acer laptop Intel Pentium P6100 2GHz, 4GB ram

About a month ago I tried to update to ver 1607, but it restarted to a black screen with the dots going around in circles. I left it running for 48 hours before I forced a shut-down. after restarting it three times it went back to ver 1511.
Since then update has downloaded and installed endlessly with the message "cannot complete update" after restart. I have tried Update Troubleshooter and it states it fixed issues. I have tried Update Assistant without success as well as Media Creation Tool. The only option I get with MCT is to do a complete install wiping out everything. The other options are grayed out.
I chatted with Microsoft and they wanted me to pay $200.00 USD for a year of support or $100.00 USD for a single instance. I declined.
Can anyone offer me a way around this problem, or a way to prevent update from downloading and installing ver 1607?
I have read hundreds of posts about Anniversary update problems but none have helped me thus far.

p.s. I have also received error codes of : 0x8007652 and 0x8024a10a.

Thanks

Answer:Win10 ver 1607 will not install on laptop

Wow, only 9 results from Google on that error (of which the majority is useless)

... but have you tried the two options mentioned here...

Solved - Error 0x80070002 - 0x20009 Windows 8.1 update

the 2nd is new to me but interesting.

(PS I know it's not exactly the same error - but the result seems to be the same)

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Current: Win10 ver 1511 build 10586.589
Acer laptop Intel Pentium P6100 2GHz, 4GB ram

About a month ago I tried to update to ver 1607, but it restarted to a black screen with the dots going around in circles. I left it running for 48 hours before I forced a shut-down. after restarting it three times it went back to ver 1511.
Since then update has downloaded and installed endlessly with the message "cannot complete update" after restart. I have tried Update Troubleshooter and it states it fixed issues. I have tried Update Assistant without success as well as Media Creation Tool. The only option I get with MCT is to do a complete install wiping out everything. The other options are grayed out.
I chatted with Microsoft and they wanted me to pay $200.00 USD for a year of support or $100.00 USD for a single instance. I declined.
Can anyone offer me a way around this problem, or a way to prevent update from downloading and installing ver 1607?
I have read hundreds of posts about Anniversary update problems but none have helped me thus far.

p.s. I have also received error codes of : 0x8007652 and 0x8024a10a.

Thanks

Answer:Win10 ver 1607 will not install on laptop

Wow, only 9 results from Google on that error (of which the majority is useless)

... but have you tried the two options mentioned here...

Solved - Error 0x80070002 - 0x20009 Windows 8.1 update

the 2nd is new to me but interesting.

(PS I know it's not exactly the same error - but the result seems to be the same)

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Hello everyone,

Here is my issue. I just got a deal on a brand new HP Probook 450 G3 that came with a 1To HDD and Windows 10 pre-installed. I used the spare money to purchase an Windows 7 Pro x64 license and a Sandisk 256Gb SSD. My intention was to pull the original HDD out and do a clean install of Windows 7 on the SSD.

I have gone absolutely bonkers after 72 hours of trying... Sorry in advance if I state the obvious or if I do not use the right wording. I know a little but am definitely not a wiz. So here goes.


PROBLEM 1: Impossible to Enable Secure Boot and Install Windows 7

I unplugged the HDD and swapped it with the SSD.

Using Rufus, I created a bootable USB stick formatted as Fat32 and partitioned as GPT since my Bios defaults to UEFI. I stuck the USB device in the computer, went to F10 - BIOS Setup. My BIOS is version N78 Ver. 1.06 12/18/2015. The USB device is properly recognized as a UEFI device.

In BIOS Setup >> Advanced >> Secure Boot Configuration, I switched to Legacy Support Enable and Secure Boot Disable then Save. In Boot Options, I unchecked Fast Boot. Below, UEFI Boot Order is greyed out and cannot be unchecked. Only the device booting order can be tweaked so I ranked the USB device first. Below, Legacy Boot Order is greyed out and cannot be unchecked. Instead of a device list as with UEFI Boot Order, the following sentence is written: "Enable Legacy Boot, Save Settings & Exit, then Return to Setup".

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Hello,

Just got a new Lenovo laptop with Win-10 Home to replace my older Win-7Pro laptop.

This laptop has a whole bunch of junk software that Lenovo has installed.

I was wondering what the best way is:
- backup the system so in case I need to, I can reset to factory configuration
- wipe out everything on HDD
- install Win-10 from scratch and only programs that I need

Any pointers/suggestions would be appreciated.

Final question - can I install Win-7 pro on this laptop with my older license (old laptop is no longer being used) and use the free upgrade to upgrade to Win-10 Pro?

Thank you for your assistance.

Answer:Fresh install on new laptop w/Win10-Home

Hi,
1. Back up of everything: periodic disk imaging is the way to go.. I prefer Aomei Backupper (free is good)- many prefer the free version of Macrium Reflect although this lacks incremental imaging, being a version of an excellent commercial product.
2. Try this to remove unwanted stuff conveniently:
The PC Decrapifier
(Says it works with Win 10)
I used it a long time ago.. a neat convenience tool.

A clean install means getting and creating the installation medium and 2+ hours to install.

I think the answer to your last is yes, unless it's an OEM license.

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Hello everyone,

Here is my issue. I just got a deal on a brand new HP Probook 450 G3 that came with a 1To HDD and Windows 10 pre-installed. I used the spare money to purchase an Windows 7 Pro x64 license and a Sandisk 256Gb SSD. My intention was to pull the original HDD out and do a clean install of Windows 7 on the SSD.

I have gone absolutely bonkers after 72 hours of trying... Sorry in advance if I state the obvious or if I do not use the right wording. I know a little but am definitely not a wiz. So here goes.


PROBLEM 1: Impossible to Enable Secure Boot and Install Windows 7

I unplugged the HDD and swapped it with the SSD.

Using Rufus, I created a bootable USB stick formatted as Fat32 and partitioned as GPT since my Bios defaults to UEFI. I stuck the USB device in the computer, went to F10 - BIOS Setup. My BIOS is version N78 Ver. 1.06 12/18/2015. The USB device is properly recognized as a UEFI device.

In BIOS Setup >> Advanced >> Secure Boot Configuration, I switched to Legacy Support Enable and Secure Boot Disable then Save. In Boot Options, I unchecked Fast Boot. Below, UEFI Boot Order is greyed out and cannot be unchecked. Only the device booting order can be tweaked so I ranked the USB device first. Below, Legacy Boot Order is greyed out and cannot be unchecked. Instead of a device list as with UEFI Boot Order, the following sentence is written: "Enable Legacy Boot, Save Settings & Exit, then Return to Setup".

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Answer:Can't Install Windows on New SSD Installed on New Win10 Laptop

So you want to install windows 7.

You need to disable secure boot, as windows 7 does not support it. See if this helps: Secure Boot - Enable or Disable in UEFI
Check the Option 3 there.

Keep the rest of UEFI. It will work good with Windows 7 x64. For the details, check here: UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Help Forums

To run a CD/DVD or USB in a UEFI enabled environment, you need to run it as UEFI.
Press the "Boot Menu" Key during bootup. It will give you two option for the bootable media you are wanting to run. One is normal (which will not boot in UEFI) and the other is UEFI boot option.
If you opt for the UEFI option, the recovery media will boot.

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Hello,

Just got a new Lenovo laptop with Win-10 Home to replace my older Win-7Pro laptop.

This laptop has a whole bunch of junk software that Lenovo has installed.

I was wondering what the best way is:
- backup the system so in case I need to, I can reset to factory configuration
- wipe out everything on HDD
- install Win-10 from scratch and only programs that I need

Any pointers/suggestions would be appreciated.

Final question - can I install Win-7 pro on this laptop with my older license (old laptop is no longer being used) and use the free upgrade to upgrade to Win-10 Pro?

Thank you for your assistance.

Answer:Fresh install on new laptop w/Win10-Home

Hi,
1. Back up of everything: periodic disk imaging is the way to go.. I prefer Aomei Backupper (free is good)- many prefer the free version of Macrium Reflect although this lacks incremental imaging, being a version of an excellent commercial product.
2. Try this to remove unwanted stuff conveniently:
The PC Decrapifier
(Says it works with Win 10)
I used it a long time ago.. a neat convenience tool.

A clean install means getting and creating the installation medium and 2+ hours to install.

I think the answer to your last is yes, unless it's an OEM license.

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Hi All,
I've recently setup a clean install of Win10 onto a new system.
Prior to this I backed up my 'Users' folder from the old setup (also Win10) onto my d:\ drive, on a second HDD.
Now that the system is up and running, I've noticed that the backup 'Users' folder is being 'seen' by Win10 as a system folder, resulting in my inability to rename it etc.
Searching for a newly created document that is located in 'My documents' on c:\drive results in it being called up as existing in:
c:\users\neil\documents (where it actually lives)
d:\users\neil\my documents
d:\documents and settings\neil\documents

How best can I disassociate the d:\drive backup 'Users' folder from my system folders ?
Thanks for the assistance.
Cheers, Neil

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Hi All,
I've recently setup a clean install of Win10 onto a new system.
Prior to this I backed up my 'Users' folder from the old setup (also Win10) onto my d:\ drive, on a second HDD.
Now that the system is up and running, I've noticed that the backup 'Users' folder is being 'seen' by Win10 as a system folder, resulting in my inability to rename it etc.
Searching for a newly created document that is located in 'My documents' on c:\drive results in it being called up as existing in:
c:\users\neil\documents (where it actually lives)
d:\users\neil\my documents
d:\documents and settings\neil\documents

How best can I disassociate the d:\drive backup 'Users' folder from my system folders ?
Thanks for the assistance.
Cheers, Neil

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A friend of mine brought his Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11E touch - by today because after he did a "clean install of windows 10 Pro. his touchscreen is no longer working...I've just spent the last 2 hrs. installing the "lenovo" drivers and software packages...But can't seem to located the HID touchscreen drivers or any documentation to support the touchscreen on the "Lenovo" site...I've also tried all the "lenovo" whiz bang apps the fix this issue...Does anyone have this model: Intel Celeron N2930 (2.16 GHz),8GB RAM,128GB Solid State Drive,11.6in 1366x768 Touchscreen LCD,Intel 802.11agn wireless,4c Li-Ion,Win8.1 Pro 64 - (Lenovo's description of this PC) that has been able to get the touchscreen working post windows 10 install? Or a link to the correct drivers for the touchscreen? Or could Lenovo support maybe point to these packages so I can get this thing working as marketed...

Answer:Thinkpad Yoga 11E Touchscreen LCD,Touchscreen not working!!! WIN10 Clean install

I have the same issue with my thinkpad 11e. Today I upgraded to windows 10 and the feature I like disappear. The computer don't have the touch function. I want to know if someone know if there is a fix out there? Thanks.

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Frequently at 1st morning power-on, starting one computer to Windows 10 pro, we get to the splash with the rotating dots - - the dots freeze and the desktop powers down. Restart behaves normally. Event logs show one critical Kernel-power error and several nvraid errors. Nothing is flagged in System>device manager.
AMD 9500 Quad @ 2.20 GHz
8 GB RAM
Striped raid - 1TB
partitioned 320 GB HD
2x GeForce 8600 GTS adapters
2x DVDRam
Got a hint?

Answer:Home-build desktop with clean Win10 install "morning sickness"

Odd that it powers off. Perhaps some kind of BIOS issue? Check for an update. Event log should show something for a shutdown though.

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I've replaced HDD with NVMe PCI SSD, and was able to successfully install and run Windows 10 using Dell-provided installation media image.However, the image is a bit old: mid-2016 Windows installer, plus AU update included separately, then the installed OS updates itself to CU 1703 version.Not sure for what gain of performance I was hoping, but I decided to try to clean-install the latest 1703 image downloaded directly from Microsoft. Installer can't see the SSD and asks for a driver -- the situation described on numerios web pages I've read since. The Intel Rapid Storage drivers -- (1) latest from Intel or (2) from Dell support page or (3) older version from Dell Windows installation image -- were all rejected. I.e. installer says there's no appropriate driver in all these locations.I flashed the latest BIOS. Tried AHCI and Raid settings. Other settings are UEFI Boot, Secure Boot and no Legacy ROM -- that's the way I want them. And besides they are OK for Dell installation image. The SSD is clean i.e. no partitions.So, is there any hope to clean-install 1703 version? Or do I have to run install and update, again, from Dell image?

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I upgraded from Win7 to Win10 on my laptop without any issues. I now want to move to a brand new Win10 laptop.

Old Laptop "A": Win10 (upgraded), MS Office Suite (2010) including Outlook(2010).
New Laptop "B": Win10, MS Office Suite (latest).

For the life of me, I can't find any basic info on how to to migrate my data (docs, spreadsheets, photos, music, Outlook.pst, etc.) from laptop "A" to laptop "B". Seems like everything out there has do to with Windows Easy Transfer program, which is a Win7 only program. I have a 1 TB external drive that I can use to pass data between machines, and the machines are both on the same wifi network.

Can someone point me to info at Microsoft.com, here, or somewhere that has step by step instructions on how I get the relevant data files from my old PC to my new PC without transferring over the program files and whatnot?
 

Answer:How to migrate from old Win10 laptop to new Win10 laptop?

If you backup your data you can "restore" it to the new system.

You can copy the data from the old system to the external hard drive and from the hard drive to the new system.

You can enable file and printer sharing on the old system, share the folders containing your data, and then copy the data over the network to your new system.

There are other ways, but at least one of those should suffice.
 

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OK, maybe this was really stupid. I had a 32GB flash drive formatted with the Win10 media upgrade image on it (bootable). I was going to use it to upgrade another system but in the meantime I wanted to copy some programs between two systems. I inserted the flash drive into my previously installed Windows 10 laptop which was running flawlessly for 5 weeks and setup using the D: user profile setup (autorun move of profiles to D post install step).

So now after I inserted the flash drive it appeared like my current windows 10 system was trying to reinstall windows 10 again, I didn't realize anything would happen simply by plugging in the flash drive. So I aborted the "getting windows ready" but now I can login to the system but have an error dialog:

C:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop is unavailable. If the location is on this PC, make sure the device or drive is connected or the disc is inserted, and then try again. If the location is on a network, make sure you're connected to the network or Internet, and them try again. If the location still can't be found, it might be moved or deleted.

So when I open explorer and look in C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile I do not see a Desktop folder. I am guessing the install got to a certain point before I halted it and now some system files are gone. Damn I am so fuming over this, I assumed the flash drive insert would prompt before any action and I was just going to copy a couple of files to do an instal... Read more

Answer:Inserted win10 boot USB flash drive to working Win10 system - problems

Hi Scott and welcome to Tenforums.

Are you able to do a System Restore? Or, was that not turned on?

If not, perhaps a repair install might do the trick:
Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums

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Hi,
My disk contains 5 partitions:
part1 = ntfs-win10 free upgrade of win home premium (primary)
Part2 = ntfs-win7 home premium (primary)
Part3 = ext3-Extended (logical)
Part4 = ext3-LM rafaela (extended)
Part5 = swap (extended)
This setup worked good.

Part2 win7 got buggered, and reinstalled (nvidia chip-set melt down during win7 boot). The MB was replaced.

I can no longer get to win10 boot Part1. Booting to Part1 or Part2 results to booting the newly installed win7. Rafaela boot did not change: still working.

How can I reclaim my win10 boot? I can't upgrade for free anymore so I'm hoping there's a way to work with what's there.

Thanks,
Keith

Answer:Lost Win10 in Multiboot disk partition Win7, Win10 and LM Rafaela

You could use EasyBCD to add Win10 to the boot code.
EasyBCD Documentation

Take care not to screw up the Linux entry.
I'm pretty sure EasyBCD makes a backup - but it's been quite a while.

Read first, plan 2nd, backup the BCD store - then execute the plan

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Hi,I transferred (cut and paste) a very important video that I took this morning via USB cable from Samsung Galaxy Edge 7 to Win 10 Pc. I played it once on Win10 and went away from PC. When I came back the file was gone. I can see the link in "recent documents" on PC but it says that file dos not exist. It is not in recycling bin. I have tried recovery software on both phone and PC but they could not find it. Does anyone know if Win10 or Samsung Galaxy Edge 7 keeps a cache or temp file of videos played or have any other recovery ideas? I have tried System Restore Point but there are no points available to restore from and my phone was not backed up since 2016. I know, very bad of me. Any other ides as to how to get the video back would be great. And why did Win10 delete this video?ThanksJ

Answer:Win10 deleted video. Does Win10 keep in cache temp folder? Restore op?

Hi, it depends if you actually saved the file on your PC's disk. I don't know how you accessed it to play it. I would have thought the shortcut you can see will tell you the location used.

If you did, then normally it should still be there as you expect.

System Restore is completely irrelevant- that does NOT back up data. It deals with system files, updates, drivers and the registry.

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i upgraded my windows 7 pc to the windows 10 tech preview a while back but now im confused on how to upgrade to the offical windows 10 tomorrow. id rather have the official product then continue being part of the insider program.

Answer:how to upgrade win10 tech preview (original win7) to offical win10

Might want to read this thread:http://forums.windowscentral.com/win...dows-10-a.html

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