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reset pc vs clean install win10

Question: reset pc vs clean install win10

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

Answer:Clean install Win10 on HP laptop preinstalled with Win10

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

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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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Hi all,

Hoping somebody can help. I think my PC was trying to install Windows 10 when I did some Windows Updates recently. I use the word "think" because I never signed up for the free upgrade and I never agreed for Windows 10 to be installed on my PC and I don't recall seeing anything about Windows 10 in the Windows Updates that were being installed... but, from some Googling, I've learned that Microsoft is apparently getting more persistent and sneakier about this. Great. =/

So, I install these updates and when my PC restarts, I see what looks like the log-in screen for a second, along with some text that's not usually there that I think says "System Event Manager" or something like that before the screen goes black. I can still see my mouse, though, but it doesn't look like it normally does - instead appearing in the bigger version that suggests my graphics have been disabled or reset. Doing some more Googling after the fact, I've learned that this is a common problem with Windows 10. Unfortunately, when it happened, I had no idea that I was potentially installing Windows 10, so after I few minutes, I force shut my computer off. When I tried to restart after, I get the following error message: "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key". If I go into my Bios, everything's still in the proper boot sequence, but manually choosing my SSD (that should have my OS on it) to boot from leads to... Read more

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Hi all,

Hoping somebody can help. I think my PC was trying to install Windows 10 when I did some Windows Updates recently. I use the word "think" because I never signed up for the free upgrade and I never agreed for Windows 10 to be installed on my PC and I don't recall seeing anything about Windows 10 in the Windows Updates that were being installed... but, from some Googling, I've learned that Microsoft is apparently getting more persistent and sneakier about this. Great. =/

So, I install these updates and when my PC restarts, I see what looks like the log-in screen for a second, along with some text that's not usually there that I think says "System Event Manager" or something like that before the screen goes black. I can still see my mouse, though, but it doesn't look like it normally does - instead appearing in the bigger version that suggests my graphics have been disabled or reset. Doing some more Googling after the fact, I've learned that this is a common problem with Windows 10. Unfortunately, when it happened, I had no idea that I was potentially installing Windows 10, so after I few minutes, I force shut my computer off. When I tried to restart after, I get the following error message: "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key". If I go into my Bios, everything's still in the proper boot sequence, but manually choosing my SSD (that should have my OS on it) to boot from leads to... Read more

Answer:PC reset during possible Win10 install, and now PC won't boot

Hi Sara82 and welcome to Tenforums.

You can download the W10 ISO from MSTechBench.
Booting from that, you may be able to attempt a repair.

Advanced Startup Options - Boot to in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

Startup Repair - Run in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

Hope this helps!

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:BSOD off clean install of Win10

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

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I'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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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 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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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 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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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 just 'Reset' my tablet/laptop which has Win10 on it. It's an Asus T100-chi with 64gb main drive and 2gb of RAM. It's been at it for half an hour now and only proceeds to about 55%

I opted to just reset and just remove my files. No HDD wiping. Surely this shouldn't take this long?

So I was thinking. Win10 is insanely aggressive with updates (which I don't like). Is Win10 now secretly downloading updates so my 'Reset PC' will have the latest updates "fresh out the box". Could this be a possibility?

Answer:Does Win10 secretly install updates during "Reset PC' ?

It will download updates for the installer, but not for the installed OS, at least that's my understanding of how it works. This allows MS to fix install problems on the fly so to speak.

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I just 'Reset' my tablet/laptop which has Win10 on it. It's an Asus T100-chi with 64gb main drive and 2gb of RAM. It's been at it for half an hour now and only proceeds to about 55%

I opted to just reset and just remove my files. No HDD wiping. Surely this shouldn't take this long?

So I was thinking. Win10 is insanely aggressive with updates (which I don't like). Is Win10 now secretly downloading updates so my 'Reset PC' will have the latest updates "fresh out the box". Could this be a possibility?

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

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

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

Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First

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

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

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

Answer:Iconia W700 win10 clean install OEM disk

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

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

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

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

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

I installed Win10 using the Media Creation Tool.

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

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

Please explain this.

Answer:Enabling UEFI Mode AFTER clean install of Win10?

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

How to activate the latest Windows 10 build - Microsoft Community

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

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

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

Oh well.

Answer:How to activate WIn10 Build 10240 CLean Install

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

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

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

Thanks for taking the time.

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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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My brother has a Gateway SX2110G Win10 (x64) desktop that he got from a friend when it was on Windows 8. It?s now on Win10 1703 and runs well but the original owner?s account is still on the computer. I want to reset or clean install so he?s the only account on it. I?m thinking of using Reset Windows 10 Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
Option two: To Reset Windows 10 from Settings in Windows 10 and Remove everything.
--- Will that work since the OS wasn?t originally Win10?
--- His data has been saved.

Or is a clean install a better idea?
Download Windows 10 ISO File Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

Will I be able to set it up without a Microsoft account and just have him use an administrator local account?

Microsoft - Office Home and Student 2013 is on the computer and he has the original Product key card with the 25-character product key.
--- Should the Microsoft - Office Home and Student 2013 be uninstalled before resetting the computer and then re-installed afterward?

Is there a way to save the drivers?

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I just upgraded my notebook from 8.1. Win 10 is activated. I did the upgrade by creating an ISO using MCT, expanding the files to a USB hdd, then running Setup. I would now like to do a clean reinstall. Since I do not have bootable external media for the notebook, I'm wondering if the System Reset with the "Keep nothing" option would be equivalentto a "bare-metal" clean install?

Answer:Reset vs Clean Install?

Hello kaborka,

That's correct. A reset using "Keep nothing" basically gives you the same as a clean install of Windows.

Reset Windows 10

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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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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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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.

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











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

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













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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just noted, however, you say




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



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

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Hello,

In need of basic advise please.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hello,

In need of basic advise please.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Samsung All-in-One model dp500a2p

After getting the 10 upgrade and letting it activate I decided to reset it to rid my PC of the various crap I had downloaded over the last 2 years. It had been running 10 for 2 days at that point with no issues.

That reset failed, ending in a blank screen. I had downloaded and burned the Win 10 installation media so I booted that and tried to rollback, which also failed with same result. I went through the various troubleshooting options included with no luck. Every option either told me it had failed and it eventually rebooted to the same blank screen.

So giving up on the previous install I tried to do a clean install using that same recovery media. It went through all the usual installation steps and restarted; back to the same blank screen. I repeated the process, thinking that perhaps I had failed to partition it right or something. I deleted all 4 existing partitions and let it recreate its partitions from a blank drive. Same result, it went through the install steps until restart and then nothing. Once it fails to restart into Windows there is no life. No cursor, no hard drive activity, nothing.

I've tried multiple times now with no luck. I've downloaded and burned the installation media three times and tried to install via USB also. I've never gotten past the restart step of installation. It restarts, shows the Samsung splash then goes dark with hard drive activity, after 20-30 seconds the HD stops and that's it; same res... Read more

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Hey all, resently I upgraded to Windows 10 Anniversary Update and I figured I should do a clean install along with it. Not because there is any issue or what ever but I feel like I need a fresh windows 10.

When I initiate the reset part and it reboots, at some point during the procentage process it stops and says the Reset has stopped and couldnt be performed. I read around the internet and they suggest you download the Windows 10 ISO file and run a repair so I downloaded it using the Media Creation Tool and put it on an USB drive, but it fails to launch the Repair too. Not sure why this happens and what to do about it at this point, any ideas?

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Hey all, resently I upgraded to Windows 10 Anniversary Update and I figured I should do a clean install along with it. Not because there is any issue or what ever but I feel like I need a fresh windows 10.

When I initiate the reset part and it reboots, at some point during the procentage process it stops and says the Reset has stopped and couldnt be performed. I read around the internet and they suggest you download the Windows 10 ISO file and run a repair so I downloaded it using the Media Creation Tool and put it on an USB drive, but it fails to launch the Repair too. Not sure why this happens and what to do about it at this point, any ideas?

Answer:Upgraded to Win 10 AU and now I cant do a clean reset/install

Reinstall from scrarch by creating a bootable usb flashdrive. You have the iso so burn it using rufus or similar.

Boot from usb, slect custom install, delete all partitions, and install skipping key entry.

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I upgraded my Asus X205TA to Windows 10. However I wanted get a clean install so I went into recovery and chose to reset the PC and clean all apps,files, etc.

Whenever I try this it fails then gives me a blue screen with options. Only booting back to Win10 only works.

Is there a way I can get my win10 key and install from a win 10 download?

I did go back to Windows Download tool and had it create a USB stick. Can I use this to do a clean install?

I don't want to move on unless I know I can get Win 10 installed on this again. I know once I erase everythign my there is no option to go back to Win 8.1.

Thanks.

Answer:Can't reset laptop after upgrade to Win 10. How to get clean install?

Wonder why it failed to do a reset as similar to the clean install Reset Windows 10
As no key is needed to activate Windows 10. Try other methods here.
Use media creation tool and make a disc or bootable USB Flash drive or download ISO see tutorials here.
Use Rufus for making bootable thumb drive if have trouble with Media Creation tool and if have burning software can make a disc with a DVD many free ones like Burnaware for disc burning, Rufus https://rufus.akeo.ie/

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2267-windows-10-upgrade-installation.html
https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...n-install.html

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My Dell Inspiron 1545 has been running very, very slow. Although it passed numerous diagnostic tests, I think messing around with the registry has taken its toll. I tried doing a factory reset but there's no option for Dell factory image restore. However, my recovery E drive does contain a factory.wim which would lead me to believe that if I could access it, I might be able to use it. Reading the instructions of how to do a clean install of Windows makes my head explode. I'm fairly tech saavy but hesitant about attempting this.

This started with my futile attempts to reinstall an HP printer. I could not, and can still not access the troubleshooter. I keep getting the message that a problem is preventing the troubleshooter from starting and error code 0x80070490. When I couldn't install the new Epson printer I bought, I thought I might as well start from scratch since all attempts to repair what was wrong have failed. I'm confused, overwhelmed, and tired of going around in circles. I'm not sure that I fully understand what the difference is between a clean install and a factory reset. I wonder if I shouldn't take my laptop to a pc guru to let him do it, but I'd also like to know if there's a easier and less expensive solution to this.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Appologize for the length.

Answer:Clean install of Windows? Factory reset?

Try This: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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I had performed a clean install of windows 10 on my Z50-70 a few years ago (where I had to manually re´nstall every driver and application including OneKey Recovery. It was a real pain...)However, if someday I have to perform the more drastic factory reset, will that still be possible? Does it still contain the data needed to return all the way back to Windows 8?Note:When performing the clean install, I only formatted the C:-drive, NOT the D:-drive.(the 'recovery' partition which contains standard drivers and applications which were pre-installed)However no real sign of Windows 8 components inside the recovery partition(maybe because I don't know how a factory reset is performed exactly. Where does it store the data of the Windows 8 OS?)So, theoretically I should still be able to perform a factory reset, right?

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i upgraded to windows 10 and have been having been having some problems my pc freezes mostly when im playing games so i orriginally i thought it was just my gfx card (its a crappy one getting a new one soon tho) so i wasn't really bothered but just before my pc crashed and it said sending data to microsoft or something and this was whilst i was just watching a youtube video. So i just wanted to know should i do anything like factory reset or clean install?. Also generally speaking is it adviced to factory reset or clean install when upgrading for windows 7 to windows 10.

edit: forgot to mention when my computer crashes it either stutters for a bit then restarts my pc or my monitor just turns of but my pc is still on and i can hear the sound from my headphone.

Answer:What do you reccommend factory reset, Clean install or do nothing

It is very much recommended to do a clean install after an upgrade, if you are willing to re-install all your programs.
Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums

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I read that Reset This PC does a clean install of windows. I waited hours, and when it completed, I had the same loadout as before, with all the Asus bloatware.

So, I read Windows 10 doesn't need a recovery partition anymore. I figured since I had one, Reset This PC loaded from there.

I deleted the recovery partition, ran Reset This PC again, and I got the following error:

"Could not find the recovery environment"

So, I can never use reset this pc again? How can I make a new recovery partition, after I spend days manually researching whats needed and removing all the bloatware?

Answer:Reset This PC doesnt clean install windows 10

Recovery Partition - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums

Should work the same for Windows 10

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Hello guys,
I have a Lenovo ThinkPad 8 tablet which came with windows 8.1 and I was very happy with it. After I upgraded to windows 10 things were smoot at first but recently I noticed a noticeable battery drain even if the device is in sleep mode (battery drains completely in 8-10hours even in sleep mode). But the most frustrating things are the apps not working. Mail, calendar, maps, photos, even OneNote and Wunderlist. I would like to reinstall the whole device but I am not sure how to proceed. Should I do the factory reset back to Win 8.1 losing the free Win 10 upgrade or should i do a clean install of Win 10? Is it even possible to do a clean Win 10 install if I don┤t have the product key? Is it worth keeping Win 10 in an 8 inch tablet?

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A couple of days ago I decided to use the Reset option (Remove Everything) as per instructions in the Updates section of Windows 10. I only did this because my machine was getting slower and slower even though it was very stable. Since the reset my machine, even though I have not put anything apart for required files EG. Anti virus etc onto the machine it is behaving quite erratically, the mouse locks up, pages taking for ever to load etc etc which is quite annoying as I cannot pin it to any one source apart from Windows 10. I have upgrades all the required drivers and video but this has not helped one bit. Apart from throwing this machine against the wall and calling MS every word I have learn't over the years, can someone please tell me how to get around this problem. I was thinking of putting another copy of windows onto the HD but don't know if it would accept my Serial No as it would not be a legal copy. I did notice that even though I selected Remove Everything, I still have Directories on the HD that I thought should have been removed, so much for a Reset/Remove Everything.
Windows10 x64, 16g mem
Thanks
Ropar

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I have just a couple questions regarding Windows 10 on my 1520. I upgraded to the most recent build a couple weeks ago from 8.1. It's been buggy as far as the loading loop start screen, but I've had workarounds for that and it's been usable. But now I'm going to soon do a hard reset to fix that stuff, but my question is about the Windows camera. With the upgrade from 8.1, Windows camera is flat out awful and unusable. Rich capture and capture moment features do not function at all, as well as there appears to be no option for 4k video as there was in Lumia camera 5.0. I currently still have Lumia camera on my device, but I realize I will likely lose it when I do a hard reset, as I'm not able to put it on my SD card. So my question for people with a 1520 using a fresh install of Windows 10, can you confirm that the windows camera has has all of the functionality Lumia camera 5.0? Rich capture? 4k video? Etc.. These are my biggest concerns that are keeping me waiting to do a hard reset. Thanks in advance!

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I have a Thinkpad Yoga with Windows 8.1 Pro. As I have understood factory reset is only possible through Windows Update and Recovery? Will this option still work after I do a clean install of Windows 8.1? Thanks for replies!  /henrikh

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I have a laptop that came with Win7/8 that I upgraded to Win10 while it was free. The hard drive failed, so I replaced it, restored the OS to Win8 from backup, then upgraded back to Win10 and says it's activated.
I have purchased a new laptop and want to sell this one, but want it to be completely clean. I only have one User account which is a Local Account Administrator user. I guess I need to do a Win10 refresh or reset or clean install to get rid of all my User data. Not sure which one so that I get rid of my User data and retain the activation?

Answer:Refresh/Reset/Clean Install on Activated Free Upgrade Version?

Just do a clean install of W10 on the old laptop, it will activate automatically once it`s online, the laptops hardware data is stored on Microsoft`s server, you don`t have to worry about a thing

You could also clean install the original OS that came with the old laptop, as long as you can read the key on the COA.

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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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Hello All

My friend has an Asus X55A laptop that her son used and abused. It was so loaded with spyware and who knows what else that I had no other choice but to reset it to the factory set-up. Asus allows users to do this by hitting F9 and then following the prompts. For the most part the reset worked pretty well but the PC is still a bit sluggish in my opinion. I did remove all the bloat ware I could find by uninstalling the software and turning off the corresponding software in MSConfig.

The laptop only has 2GB of memory and a Celeron processor and it is running Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit. I do not have the actual recovery DVD that can be purchased from Asus for $50. The PC might have shipped with the DVD but who knows where it is. I have turned on the Windows Firewall and installed Microsoft Security Essentials as I do not want to do too much until I figure out what the next step is. All of the devices loaded properly in Device Manager and the PC can browse the internet. Sometimes it runs decently and other times it is sluggish as I said.

So here are my ideas and I wanted to get some feedback\advice.

If I could get a DVD with Windows 7 Home Premium, could I install Windows from the DVD and then use the Windows 7 Product key which is printed on the bottom of the laptop to activate Windows? My thinking on this is to do a clean install to wipe out any type of spyware or virus that survived the factory reset. I will have to install the drivers that Windows cannot... Read more

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Hello, I've been following tutorial here and on Technet since last year when Windows decided to do an auto-update on my old laptop which hastened its demise.

Since then, I've bought a new laptop (Originally with Windows 8.1, until it suffered the Auto-Update fate of it's predecessor), that I've half heartedly made a custom Windows 10 image for, but just wanted to ask here to see if I'm on the right track for what I want do do.

My goal was to replicate the best as I can what the Laptop would have been like, had the OEM originally put Windows 10 Pro on to it, with the correct drivers, and software, but, with a change to hardware configuration to move the 'Users' folder to another Disk, while the OS was installed on another.

I'm getting ready to start my studies again, and wanted to get my laptop running correctly and not have any incidents similar to last year that ended up trashing my assignments.

I've been on the phone to Microsoft already & also had remote support, but I am slowly beginning to lose my trust, if not already, because it took a tech 3 hours to get me a link to a Windows 8.1 ISO that worked, after telling him I didn't want Windows 10 installed on the current laptop he was remotely connected to, and that was after he gave me the link I gave him that didn't work, and also just before he tried to push Windows 10 on to the laptop that I told him I didn't want Windows 10 installed on to, and I also threatened to ask for a refund for the Professional edition I... Read more

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Hello, I've been following tutorial here and on Technet since last year when Windows decided to do an auto-update on my old laptop which hastened its demise.

Since then, I've bought a new laptop (Originally with Windows 8.1, until it suffered the Auto-Update fate of it's predecessor), that I've half heartedly made a custom Windows 10 image for, but just wanted to ask here to see if I'm on the right track for what I want do do.

My goal was to replicate the best as I can what the Laptop would have been like, had the OEM originally put Windows 10 Pro on to it, with the correct drivers, and software, but, with a change to hardware configuration to move the 'Users' folder to another Disk, while the OS was installed on another.

I'm getting ready to start my studies again, and wanted to get my laptop running correctly and not have any incidents similar to last year that ended up trashing my assignments.

I've been on the phone to Microsoft already & also had remote support, but I am slowly beginning to lose my trust, if not already, because it took a tech 3 hours to get me a link to a Windows 8.1 ISO that worked, after telling him I didn't want Windows 10 installed on the current laptop he was remotely connected to, and that was after he gave me the link I gave him that didn't work, and also just before he tried to push Windows 10 on to the laptop that I told him I didn't want Windows 10 installed on to, and I also threatened to ask for a refund for the Professional edition I... Read more

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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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