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

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

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

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The topic title should already make it clear what I want to ask, but I will ask none the less.

Today I used Internet Explorer and immediately I got a pop-up that advised me to download the file GetWindows10-MSN.exe so that I could upgrade to Windows 10. Now because I have the Homepage of IE set to the official Microsoft website ( Address below. ) I thought it to be save to download that file, and it was. ( 360 TSE - MBAM and Virustotal gave no warning what so ever. )

My IE Homepage: Microsoft ? Official Home Page

Now of course I have not installed it because I know very little about Windows 10 at the moment. So one of my questions is ... is it worth upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. ( Yeah I know it looks like a obvious choice does it, but still. )

An other question is ... if I decide to upgrade to Windows 10 will I keep everything I have on my Desktop, or would I loose everything on both my SSD ( On which I have Windows 8.1. ) and my HDD. Yeah I know DVD are cheap, but if I where to loose everything then I will first need to buy a big pack next week.
 

Answer:Is it worth upgrading to Win10 from Win8.1?

You have about 30 days to switch back if you don't like it, which is a good thing.

Firstly - You may lose your data due to unforeseen errors. It's a rare occurrence, but you don't want to be a statistic.

Secondly - In a lighter vein, Windows 10 is the biggest Junkware in the world. Be careful when you try to remove Potentially Unwanted Programs, Windows 10 doesn't get removed.

Thirdly - Are you aware that Microsoft wants Windows 10 to aggressively collect as much data about you as possible? This is no different from what Google and others do, obviously, but the exploits and their data collection policies are alarming. If you're privacy conscious, you may want to tweak a few settings during the installation. If you're paranoid about a company's data collection policies - Use a Guide to reduce privacy risk.

It also depends on what kind of computer you have, really. Is it a touchscreen? Are most of your important software Windows 10 compatible?

Everyone on here can give you great advice - better than mine, frankly. They'll list all the pros and cons more accurately, but it really depends on how you feel about using it. Are you comfortable with it? Do you like the smoothness and the interface and the settings? You have to decide it yourself within a month. Nobody can decide better than you yourself, no matter what we say, really.

Like it or hate it, Windows 10 is a good product despite its many exploits, bugs, data policies and flaws.... Read more

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Hi,
I'm currently having a weird activation problem with Windows 10, and I was considering reverting to Windows 8 and start the process again to see if that would fix things. I tried to use the 'revert to previous build' but it said it couldn't locate the required files or something and I hadn't deleted the windows.old folder or anything so it looks like I'll have to clean install Windows 8 from scratch again.

A few questions:
1) If I downgrade to Windows 8 will my original Windows 8 key still work?
2) Within the Windows 10 free offer year, can you downgrade to Windows 8 then upgrade to Windows 10 as many times as you want (without changing any hardware to cause a reactivation)?
3) If I decided to upgrade the hardware (new motherboard/cpu etc) within the Windows 10 free offer year will it still be possible to install Windows 8 then upgrade to Windows 10 again on a new setup or is this a one time only deal tied to the first hardware you installed Windows 10 on?

Thanks.

Answer:Downgrading to Win8 then upgrading to Win10 again questions

1. Yes.

2. Yes.

3. Probably. Might have to call Microsoft and explain your upgrade to get an activated Windows 8 and upgrade to Windows 10.

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Hello!

I'm attempting to upgrade my wife's Dell Inspiron from a HDD to a SSD. I got online and found the service tag and got to the point of downloading the recovery media from Dell's website, but even though it lists Windows 10 on her Express Tage support page, the recovery media is Windows 8.1 (thats probably what it was when it was made?).

How do I get Windows 10 recovery media from Dell instead of 8.1?

We don't have anything important on the computer that isn't backed up. I have a Windows 10 disk, but it's my OS on my gaming computer and don't want to lose it.

Thoughts?

Answer:Upgrading to SSD in Dell, win8.1 instead of win10 media given

Connect both the drives and clone the HDD to the SSD using a program like Macrium Reflect Free or MiniTool Partition Wizard:
Macrium Reflect Free | Macrium Software
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

or connect the SSD only, leave the HDD disconnected, then clean install Windows 10 by booting from a Windows 10 USB flash drive or DVD created with the Media Creation Tool:
Download Windows 10

If you do the clean install, once the OS is on the SSD and it is booting from the SSD only connected, then you can reconnect the HDD as a second drive if you want to.

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Hey,
I am currently looking to buy a 2 in 1 laptop - a lot of those are still from Windows 8.1 days and come pre-installed with it. Does anyone know if there will be any option to upgrade them to Win10 for free in the future?

Answer:Upgrading pre-installed Win8.1 to Win10 after July

Not that I know of.

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Should I wait? If so for how long and what should I do if it does not turns on, reebot the computer?
Tnx, Im confused :)

Answer:Monitor is shut for a half an hr already while upgrading to Win10 from Win8.1, what should I do?

If the monitor is blank and you see no CPU/Disk activity lights then you can restart. If I were you I would let it sit for a couple of hours before doing anything.

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I have a fairly new HP Laptop, 16GB RAM, 64bitOS, 1TB HDD, built-in CD/DVD burner. I just finished creating a rescue DVD using Macrium Reflect Free. I'm caught in the "automatic free upgrade" pending upgrade from Win8.1 to Win10 pushed from Microsoft scheduled for 2 days from now. I keep rescheduling/delaying the upgrade until I have created a local system image backup on one of my drives using Macrium Reflect Free. My internal C boot drive has 230GB used and 690GB unused. I have another external HDD with 372GB used and 558GB unused (drive F). I just added a new 1TB HDD My Passport Ultra with 930GB unused (drive G). I'm planning to dedicate this drive to system image backups only.

I'm seeing comments on the web strongly suggesting a system image backup of Win8.1 prior to upgrading to Win10.

1) Is there a way I can remove myself from the "MS Win10 upgrade robot" until I feel I'm ready?
2) What's the best I can do to insure I could go back to Win8.1 with the system image that existed before upgrading to Win10?
3) What else should I be considering to insure I have sound backup and restore capability?

Answer:Upgrading Win8.1 to Win10: Best way to insure fallback capability

A rescue disk from MR is only a tool that can be used to repair windows boot problems; alone, it can not be used to restore your PC to an earlier state.

The best way, IMHO, is to take a full image with MR the option: "Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows" to write a full backup to an external drive. You can boot from the rescue disk later and use it to restore a backup.

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i can't use my mousepad on my asus laptop after upgrade win8 to win10.
Eventhough i can use the touchscreen but i also need the mousepad to work.

Answer:Why can't I use my mousepad on my Asus laptop after upgrading from Win8 to Win10?

Quite likely you need new drivers. And an uninstall of the old drivers first.
Check the OEM Support site for your device and/or the hardware component. Download new drivers if they can be found... Open Device Manager and expand the component category.
Disable the device and uninstall the drivers for it. Reboot. Run the driver install utility you downloaded from your OEM. Reboot, even if it does not advise you to...

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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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I Had Win8.1, tried Win10, had huge problems (Win10 problems and Saitek Drivers non-existent for Win10), went back to Win8.1, Now want to go back 2 Win10 , now that Saitek has newer Win10 drivers for peripherals. (Saitek, was all screwed up refused to make Win10 drivers for a very long time.

Will Win10 install over my Win 8.1 and keep my applications, or will I have to re-load al my applications and programs?

Thanx

I have DCS, IL-2 and also, Steam with Flight Simulators. Also Flight Sticks, etc. Drivers, Software, etc.
All in the Win8.1 install.

Answer:Had Win8.1, tried Win10, huge problems, back Win8.1, bak 2 Win10

If you use the Media Creation tool to do an upgrade, and as long as you chose "Upgrade this PC now" , you should be fine. The only problems you may encounter are incompatible drivers. You can also create a bootable media, but upgrading it directly is better IMO.

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I Had Win8.1, tried Win10, had huge problems (Win10 problems and Saitek Drivers non-existent for Win10), went back to Win8.1, Now want to go back 2 Win10 , now that Saitek has newer Win10 drivers for peripherals. (Saitek, was all screwed up refused to make Win10 drivers for a very long time.

Will Win10 install over my Win 8.1 and keep my applications, or will I have to re-load al my applications and programs?

Thanx

I have DCS, IL-2 and also, Steam with Flight Simulators. Also Flight Sticks, etc. Drivers, Software, etc.
All in the Win8.1 install.

Answer:Had Win8.1, tried Win10, huge problems, back Win8.1, bak 2 Win10

If you use the Media Creation tool to do an upgrade, and as long as you chose "Upgrade this PC now" , you should be fine. The only problems you may encounter are incompatible drivers. You can also create a bootable media, but upgrading it directly is better IMO.

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I have been having so many problems with the Windows 10 installation I'm thinking about going back to Win7 until MS works out all the bugs in Win10.

My PC came with 8.1 and updated to Win 10. Win10 was fine until the last major update when everything went h--- in a hand-basket. Update reset everything to defaults, installed apps I'd uninstalled.

Question: Can I remove the HD with win10 and put it on the shelf until MS gets it running. I want to install a bare HD and install a valid genuine Windows 7 OS on the bare drive. Is there anything I need to know before I give this a try? I know I'll have to reinstall all programs and all missing win7 updates...

Will I be able to install the Win 10 HD at a later date, install updates and be back up and running under Window 10 user accounts?

Answer:Install Win7 to replace OEM win8.1 w/Win10 install

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Since you're talking about a separate win-7 installation on the machine your plan is sound and exactly how you should do it

You might in your bios have to disable fast start and possibly secure boot but otherwise you shouldn't have any problems installing win-7 fresh
You might have to gather drivers if this is a laptop but a desktop would have no issues windows updates will provide most
If you review device manager and see if any unknown device listings are there just post about them same goes for installation of win-7 issues.

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Hi,
I was wondering if there were any differences when upgrading to W10 from a clean install of Win7 in comparison to upgrading from W8.1. I've heard that 8.1 is 'more like 10, so it's better to upgrade from it" but I'm looking for a real reason to buy 8.1 instead of cheaper 7 to upgrade.

Answer:Differences of upgrading to Win10 from clean Win7 and Win81?

The upgrade process will give you everything you need, and will go no better or worse between those two eligible Operating Systems. In the end, you'll end up with Windows 10 with all the exact same features and functionality with no difference in how you upgraded.

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I bought 3 win8 keys from MS way back in 2012. Two of them are unused. I can not find the actual keys. They were on a piece of paper I can't find. I do have the "Registration Confirmations" acknowledging the keys will be sent. And I did get them.

Does anyone know if there is anyway I can get those keys?

I have tried googling for a key but everything it shows seems to be a crack of some sort.

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I have Windows 8.1. I booked a Windows 10 before its premiere, and on the release he appeared for download in Windows Update. But I changed my mind and I do not want upgrade. But now I can not install the updates to Windows 8.1 because it always starts install Windows 10 even though it unchecked. I canceled my reservation but it did not help. What should I do?

Answer:How to stop installation of Win10 but install Win8 updates

Hello after, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you like, you can use the tutorial below to disable the "Upgrade to Window 10" update.

Upgrade to Windows 10 Update - Enable or Disable in Windows 7 or 8.1 - Windows 10 Forums

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My external hard disks , and one MP3 player (all USB devices) are no longer recognized, nor appear on "This PC", after I upgraded my Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 OS. Other devices, such as my Android phone USB connection still works well. I made sure that the "Automatic download of driver software for devices" is turned on in the Device Installation Setup. Any idea how to solve this problem?

Answer:Devices no longer appear on "This PC" after upgrading Win8 to Win10

Hi there,
That looks like a driver problem. I would suggest that you manuallysearch for the latest available USB and chipset drivers from yourmotherboard manufacturer web site. Good luck.

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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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I have created and ISO image via the download link on the email receipt from Microsoft on my 64 bit Win8 laptop

I am trying to boot from this on my desktop currently running Win Media Edition 32 bit

My understanding is that this should work according to a video I watched.

When I attempt to boot from it and pressure boot from CD drive nothing happens and it continues to boot installed version.

I decided to try redownloading the setup file via the link on my email accepting that it will create a 32 bit Win8 Pro ISO image which I can live with. However, when I run the program I get a "The platform is not Supported" message.

Can anyone tell me what, if anything, I am doing wrong please?
Regards

Answer:Win8 Pro Clean install 64 bit

When downloading the upgrade you need to

   Information

If you need to download 32bit Windows 8, download from a 32bit PC.
If you need to download 64bit Windows 8, download from a 64bit PC.


Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

You will need to wipe the partition first to upgrade from x32 to x64.

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Hi there.

So I purchased a windows 8 license key upgrade while running windows 7. I burned this to USB and now am able to use it to do a clean install to windows 8 on my machine when I want.

Only problem is I hate having to install all the updates, then upgrade to 8.1.

Can I get an 8.1 Iso and install this with the windows 8 key I have?

Thanks

Answer:Clean install using 8.1 ISO, with Win8 Key?

Hello Npinn, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If this is a "retail" copy of Windows 8, then you should be able to use Option One in the tutorial below to download a Windows 8.1 ISO file with your Windows 8 product key.
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
When you do a clean install of Windows 8.1, you would need to use a generic to install with. After the installation is complete, you would change the product key to use you Windows 8 key to activate with. The tutorial below will give you all the details to help.

Clean Install - Windows 8
Hope this helps for now,
Shawn

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Hey guys, I recieved my laptop yesterday, and I want to do a clean install of Windows 8 Pro... should I delete all partitions (HDD and SDD) and install it in the HDD drive? Or am I missing something? thanks in advance?  

Answer:Want to install a clean Win8 in Y500

Hi 
 
If you want to install a new copy if windows on your machine , all what you need to do is to insert the windows DVD in the CD-ROM and then press on FN+F12 to access the boot menu
as for the second question , you can install the windows into any drive ( Recommend C drive ) and no need to delete any drive unless you want 
 
Please let me know
 
Thanks
Alaa





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Back at the beginning of September I had the following experience with my acer W700P tablet (quoted from my post on the official acer forum). You can skip reading the quote if you don't want to read a lot. In a nut shell the problem went away as long as the update was never done. But unfortunately it was done a second time and I was not able to return to the previous state by restore point. Thought continues past the quote.

A few days ago I was prompted by windows that the PC would be restarted to install the critical updates that were downloaded by windows update. I proceeded with the reboot. During the typical progress indicator a BSOD occured with WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR. This occured 2 or 3 times until the system prompted me with options or restart buttons. If I just choose to restart I keep getting the same BSOD. So I then chose options and from there chose the option to go back to a system restore point. Which was just prior to the update being performed. This allowed it to boot normally and worked as if nothing was wrong. I procceeded to check for updates and rebooted to install them. This time all went well and it booted fine after the typical update install progess screens completed. However today I went to reboot because there was a problem with windows settings (the one from the charm and more PC settings link) not working right. And now I'm stuck with the infinite bluescreen loop on bootup with the same WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR. However this time whe... Read more

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The SSD I plan on purchasing is the Samsung 840 EVO-Series 120GB for $103 (the desktop kit version). My machine is the HP p6754y which has a N-Alvorix-RS880-uATX motherboard. Now I've seen that this is SATA II and not SATA III. Now right here, my first question is, is the upgrade worth it? I've heard people get great performance from the SSD even from SATA II.

So my plan is to take out the old hard drive and install the SSD using the same wires. Now treat me like a noob at this point. Would these be the correct steps on doing this:

1. Backup any files that I want from old HDD
2. Restart desktop and go into BIOS
3. Enable AHCI
4. Make system boot from disk (for re-installation)
5. Shutdown computer
6. Remove old HDD and install SSD using same wires
7. Start up computer and install Windows installation disk

Now I've already gone into my BIOS and it looks like steps 3 and 4 were already done from the manufacturer. So all I need to do is steps 1,5,6,7 I think....
Is there anything that I missed that I should do, or something in the wrong order?

Thanks for the help!

Answer:What's the proper way to clean install Win8 on new SSD

Hello Blugga, and welcome to Eight Forums.

That looks like a good plan. You would install on a SSD the same way you would a HDD.

Since this is for Windows 8, it would be an upgrade copy. The tutorial below can help show you how to clean install with an upgrade Windows 8.

Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Any success at doing this on a new msata ssd?

Answer:Y500 win8 pro clean install

Looks like you can't. I haven't tried on mine, but from what i'm reading 1) you cannot create recovery DVDs with the latest OKR (I can confirm this - I can only create a backup or restore to factory) and 2) even if you buy an OEM version of Windows 8, it will not work because the Windows 8 key that comes with the laptop is locked-in to the bios.

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I started my day with a stable Vista machine, and ended my day with a highly unstable Windows 8 machine. I can't even keep it running long enough to install Maya. According to my Minidumps, I have had 6 BSODs in the last 3 hours. That's... stunningly bad. It's not the same BSOD every time. I've had paging BSODs and IRQ BSODs and USB BSODs. Oh, it's an exciting menagerie of crashes over here. I am about to pass out from exhaustion, though. Maybe someone will figure this out while I try to take a nap. I have attached my diagnostic tool output, with all of its evil crashiness.

Answer:Clean install of Win8, and now BSODs everywhere.

Welcome
Each one of your reports has a different cause, sometimes and indication of hardware problems. Lets start with memory.
Run for 8 passes.
Run memtest for 8 passes
Then test each individual stick in a good slot for 6 passes.
If you have dual channel, the results may be incorrect, if shows pass.
Guide to using Memtest86+ - Geeks to Go Forums

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I am getting the asus m5a97 le r2 next week. I plan to place my windows 7 ultimate 64 bit ssd on the new mobo and after updates of bios and stuff I clean install windows 8 64 bit pro on the ssd in new mobo.

what licensing issues will I face as the new mobo makes it a new pc with the ssd that has has a cloned version of my hdd win 7?
I want to do a clean install to fix a disk boot error I get every nw and then.

the mobo has 6gbps connection and new uefi bios system and I am just future proofing for the next 4 to 6 years. I am not a gamer. just want a fast responsive system for editing photos and videos for my family and to write as many screenplays as possible. when I get the chance lol.

much appreciated in anticipation of your help boys and girls.

Answer:Can i clean install win8 pro on my w7 ssd on new mobo

Welcome to EightForums.

The asus m5a97 le r2 has a uEFI/BIOS firmware.
Your old Windows 7 install will not boot on the MOBO.

You need to do a clean install,
As the new MOBO's now have a uEFI BIOS.
How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI BIOS:

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums
or
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with


For more info on uEFI:
Windows and GPT FAQ
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
UEFI and Windows

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I just got my E440 yesterday. It bricked itself last night, just by installing the Lenovo Software Dependency package update! I was forced to use the Windows 8 troubleshooting option "reset Windows". It worked (and took about 5 hours to do so) so now I am back to square one. I really don't want to re-install all of the Windows 8 updates (50+ of them) and the Lenovo software updates, only to end up with a corrupted HDD again. Enough about my troubles, my question is: can I do a clean install of Windows 8.1 on this PC? I already have a bootable USB stick with the Win8.1 "upgrade" that I have successfully used on other (desktop) PCs. It's legal; I simply type in the Windows Product Key that came with the E440 at activation time. Then I would hunt down all of the necessary device drivers from the Lenovo supprt site. Regards, Ben.  

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Is it possible? How to activate a clean install windows?

Answer:Helix win8 clean install

Have a look at this thread, for reference only : http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/X-Series-Tablet-ThinkPad-Laptops/My-X220t-Clean-Install-Method/td-p/6612... 

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Hello all,

Since my computer is performing very poor, I decided to perform a clean install of windows 8.
I have a CD from dell "Windows 8 Recovery Media for Windows 8 Products 64-bit" and a product key.

I followed this guide: Clean Install - Windows 8
Everything goes well untill I reach step 7.

It shows nor unallocated space nor partitions, so I have nowhere to click to install windows.
(this is an example, the only buttons active are "refresh" and "load driver")
Specs:
Dell Inspiron 15R SE 7520Current OS: Win 8.1Disk mgmt:
Someone who can guide me through?

Kind regards & many thanks

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I hope someone can help.The computer--a new Lenovo Thinkpad X230 notebook, which came with Win8 Pro pre-installed on the 500GB HDD.I bought and installed a 256GB Micron mSATA SSD to the PCIe slot., with the intention of a clean install of Win 8 to the SSD as system drive, and use the HDD as a data drive.First of all, the Win 8 installation (from USB stick) would not accept the SSD as a drive to install Windows 8 to. On reading forums though, I tried removing the HDD from the laptop (fortunately, very easy to do on that model), and it worked, I successfully did a clean install of Win8 to the SSD. Very quick painless installation after that.A couple of problems remain though:1) I wanted to have the system reserve partitions with recovery options installed on the SSD too. Although one can do that from a USB stick, I find it good to have it built in to the system, the recovery options. (Not the manufacturer recovery partition. No interest in that.) Anyhow, from reading here I assumed that when one installs Win8 to a blank drive with nothing on it, that it will automatically create the necessary system recovery partitions. Anyhow, that did not happen. Why? In any case, how do I now after installation create those system recovery partitions on the SSD. (I have them on the HDD still, but I doubt it would work to copy them over somehow.)2) Before I re-attached the HDD, the system booted up fine from the SSD, with clean install of Win8 Pro. Certain problems arose though, after re-atta... Read more

Answer:A few Problems with Clean Install of Win8 on mSATA SSD

A couple additional remarks: First of all, a problem I have with this board. In looking at my message above, the different questions ae not nearly as clear as in the message as I wrote it. I separated paragraphis with line breaks, so that there was an empty space between each paragraph. The different issues I brought up were separated and clear. As I see the message above though, all line breaks have been stripped out, so it is one long run-on paragraph, and not as clear as when I wrote it. Can anything be done in the settings for the board, to allow line breaks to remain?Regarding the first problem mentioned, the lack of system reserved partition, I realized that when I first did the install, although the SSD was empty, no files, one large partition, there was that one partition on it, one volume. While booted through the HDD, I deleted the volume on the SSD, turned off the system, removed the HDD, booted up through the USB stick install, and re-installed to the unallocated SSD, and now there is a system reserved partition on it as well. I still have questions about that, however, as there is only one system reserved partition there (I think about 350MB), while on the HDD there is about 3, not counting the Lenovo Recovery Partition. (I backed up the latter for safety's sake, but do not want to install it to the SSD. However, i do want all the Windows recovery options, and wonder why there were a few such partitions on the HDD, and only one on the re-installed SSD? (I don't h... Read more

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I performed a clean windows 8 install on my asus essentio cm6730-uk020s and now I have been left with no wireless functions and after 2 days searching and downloading drivers and 2 more clean installs seemingly no way of fixing this. The network controller is flagged under other devices in the device manager and I have no real way of telling what the wireless card is. The official drivers on the website do nothing. I'm almost positive it's realtek as the network adapter is a realtek pcie gbe family controller.Any help would be greatly appreciated.The hardware ids of the unknown network controller is:PCI\VEN_10EC&DEV_8821&SUBSYS_21611A3B&REV_00PCI\VEN_10EC&DEV_8821&SUBSYS_21611A3BPCI\VEN_10EC&DEV_8821&CC_028000PCI\VEN_10EC&DEV_8821&CC_0280

Answer:No wifi after clean win8 install: No solution?

Hello, and welcome to bleepingcomputer.
This is a very difficult driver to find. From the device id it is a rtl8821ae
 
Go to windows update and select check for updates. See if an update for the wireless is under "optional updates"

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I want to do a clean install of windows 8 on my Y500. While browsing through the forum I came across a solution wherein a clean install was advised through a RETAIL Win8 SL disk. That it will automatically  recognise the pre-loaded key in BIOS. But on other forums i found for issues as such to be clean installed using an OEM copy of the win8 (leaked ones) and that if Retail version is used , problems come with activation with the pre-loaded key. 1. So which version shall I use...  A retail win8 64 bit sl disk or the OEM one? 2. can I use the win 8 pro x64 retail (or OEM version) ISO to install "win 8 single language" on my Y500? 

Answer:OEM or Retail win8 SL for clean install in Y500?

OEM copy of Windows 8 varies from different PC makers So to answers your questions 1) Use a Windows 8 Single License instead of OEM to clean install 2) It's not possible to install the Windows 8 SL using the Windows 8 pro retail disc. If you use the pro disc, it will install Windows 8 pro no matter what and you would need a separate key to activate it. However, you can modify the Windows pro installation disc to let it install as Windows 8 SL (core edition) and even set the channel to OEM or Retail by following this link: http://techmell.net/how-to/install-windows-8-without-product-key/ I don't know if this method will detect your BIOS windows 8 key, but I think it's the only way to use the Windows 8 pro disc (need to copy the data to a USB drive) to install Windows 8 SL.





Lenovo Y470: i7-2670QM | 8 GB DDR3 1333 MHz RAM | Nvidia GeForce GT 550M | 500 GB 7200 RPM Seagate HDD | ASUS PCE-AC56 802.11ac Network Adapter | Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

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I performed a clean windows 8 install on my asus essentio cm6730-uk020s and now I have been left with no wireless functions and after 2 days searching and downloading drivers and 2 more clean installs seemingly no way of fixing this.
The network controller is flagged under other devices in the device manager and I have no real way of telling what the wireless card is. The official drivers on the website do nothing. I'm almost positive it's realtek as the network adapter is a realtek pcie gbe family controller.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
The hardware ids of the unknown network controller is:
PCI\VEN10EC&DEV8821&SUBSYS21611A3B&REV00
PCI\VEN10EC&DEV8821&SUBSYS_21611A3B
PCI\VEN10EC&DEV8821&CC_028000
PCI\VEN10EC&DEV8821&CC_0280

Answer:No wifi after clean win8 install: No solution?

Did you try the Asus web site CLICK HERE click on driver & tools and select your OS here you will find the driver required also there are 9 updates for the BIOS I would suggest contacting Asus via email to find out if you need any of the BIOS updates and what drivers you may need updating to get your computer working.

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Hello! I'm trying to install Windows8 Professional x64 on my X201 tablet from USB drive. ISO image was downloaded from MSDNAA site and written to USB using Windows 7 USB download tool. ISO image is working on other system. System boots from USB, shown blue windows logo and then crashes ('Your PC ran into problem'). I've tried to set SATA mode both to 'AHCI' and 'Compatibility'. Doesn't help. System has standard Hitachi HDD.

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I haven't given this much thought on builds I've done for my own use so far, but now I'm starting to build systems for other people & I'm putting more effort into making sure everything is done correctly and will remain stable as long as possible (especially under the care & feeding of a typical PC user).

I currently have a fresh build which has all the hardware installed and verified working properly, looking at a completely clean Windows 8.1 desktop. I also have prepared all the 3rd-party drivers and updates needed for the components (INF, GPU, etc).

What's the recommended order to proceed now, given all this stuff that needs doing to finish configuration and hand it off to the new owner?
Windows UpdatesWindows settings / personalization / configuration3rd-party drivers / updatesSoftware installs
And, is there a way to make sure Windows 8.1 won't auto-install its own choice of drivers? I've already obtained from the manufacturers the correct (compatible, stable) versions that the system should have on it.

(Desktop PC, custom build, Windows 8.1 64-bit ? if you need more details just ask ^^)

Answer:Best order to install everything on a clean Win8.1 system?

For me, i install the OS and just enough drivers to get device manager clean. I then run Windows update until complete. I then take an image and call it "plain vanilla". I then install my normal software using a combination of ninite.com and just the 3rd party installers. Once done, I take one more image.

I don't worry about replacing all Windows device drivers. I install the chipset and the SATA controllers for sure. I always install the audio and the video drivers. For everything else, I only install if the device manager shows a warning or something not working.

That's worked well for me at home, building computers for others and in my job setting up all workstations at our office.

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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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Hello,

I have had Windows 8 Pro since the relase but this is the first time that I have actually managed to install the OS because I'm busy in work. Installation went well, clean partition, installed very quickly and now I am on my desktop. I went to activate and it tells me I have an invalide key. I double checked that I haven't made a mistake and I didn't. Then it dawned on me that this was an upgrade version and not the full version therefore, it would require Windows 7 first and then upgrade to Windows 8.

I have never done up upgrade of an OS and I'm not going to start now all because Bill Gates has decided to stop EU from installing a new OS each time MS release a new OS. The problem with upgrading from one OS to another is the CAB files can become corrupt, or even worse WINSOCK is corrupt. If MS don't want you to run a cleam install... why the heck have they an Advanced section where you can proceed with a clean install.

Therefore, MS have us in all direction. Cough! so to speak. you have to upgrade from one OS to another. Or you could hack the registry which is plain and simple and fool the OS into thinking that you have actually registered your OS when you haven't. I paid for this OS therefore, I want to register honestly... but, what if I slui.exe 4 to bring up the Windows Activationb via phone and ring MS and get them to activate it for me...? Then it's done honestly.

If it comes to it, I shall install Windows 7 which is about what... 20 - 23GB with with the Win... Read more

Answer:Installed Win8 wont activate after clean install

"Then it dawned on me that this was an upgrade version and not the full version therefore, it would require Windows 7 first and then upgrade to Windows 8."

I don't think so. I used the $40 "upgrade version" to do a clean install on a laptop with only Win 8 RP installed (which doesn't qualify), and it activated with no issues. I haven't seen any evidence that the Win 8 upgrade installer checks for a legit, paid-for version of Windows.

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Like the title said I'm contemplating moving from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 on my gaming desktop. I've seen some benchmarks showing a small increase in performance. Also, I just bought a laptop for my girlfriend with Win8.1 and now I want it to play with. Is it recommended that I just do an upgrade to 8 or should I do a clean install?
 

Answer:Moving from Win7 to Win8 - should I upgrade or clean install?

I would say that answer depends on how much you have installed and how long it would take to reinstall everything. If you don't have much, or it won't take much time, I would do a clean installation. Otherwise, do an upgrade.
 

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Hi All

I have a clean install of windows 8.1 and the sound was working but the sound quality was poor/bad so I did some digging around to try and fix the sound quality which didn't work by the way and now my sound randomly stops eg. watching YouTube pause then come back and no sound, restarts browser and some time works or no sound until pc restart.

Old Sound Drivers:
VIA High Definition Audio default window installed

New Sound Drivers:
Packed Ver. 10.5.00.32
Codec Ver. VT1708B
Driver Ver. 6.0.1.10500

My System Specs:
OS
Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit
CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 @ 2.20GHz
Conroe 65nm Technology
RAM
4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 403MHz (5-5-5-18)
Motherboard
ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5KPL-CM (Socket 775)
Graphics
BenQ E2200HD ([email protected])
BenQ E2200HD ([email protected])
512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT (CardExpert Technology)

Cheers
Trent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is for Windows 10.

Answer:reset pc vs clean install win10

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

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

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

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Hi All,

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks!

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

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

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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'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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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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Hey all,

I have been going crazy trying to find the nitty-gritty details of what goes on under the hood with the upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 2 I am considering upgrading.

I am aware the many Windows 8.1 devices have OEM Product Keys embedded in the BIOS. I am trying to find information on how Windows 10, if installed from a .ISO bootable media, interacts with this key, and how Digital Entitlement plays into all of this. It's currently hard for me to make sense of a lot of this. Can anyone help clarify how all these elements play with one-another?

Another question regarding this process I have currently: If I use a NEW Windows 10 product key during installation, would the new key replace the previous (8.1 OEM) one in the BIOS?

The more I find out about all this, the more mystery there seems to be to it. I am just trying to find the cleanest way to install Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 2, and this BIOS OEM key and Digital Entitlement vs. Product Key thing is really confusing me. Sorry if this isn't the best place to ask, I'm just pretty lost right now and could really use advice from someone who's really knowledgeable about this stuff, currently.

Thanks all .

Answer:Win8.1 to Win10 and Win8.1 BIOS Product Keys on SP2?

Activation in Windows 10 - Windows Help

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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How to get bootable DVD with working Windows 10 OS ?

Windows 8.1 Pro paid to Microsoft and used for a while.

Miscrosoft updated it to Windows 10.

Windows 10 automatic updates "worked" reasoble until 17th of January 2017.

The latest automatic Windows 10 updates failed as follows:
- yes, I can move mouse and see cursor on both two screen
- no, I can not see anything helping, just the famous circle telling nothing
- no, I can not get it restart, reboot, power off/on does not help

I would not want to install Window 8.1 Pro because Windows 10 worked until 17 January 2017! Ub
Can't utilize no restore points!unti)
Thanks in advance for any tips (I write this with Linux)

Answer:Boot DVD for Win10 - how to get - paid Win8.1Pro-updated to Win10

See this Tutorial
Windows 10 ISO Download

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

Answer:Iconia W700 win10 clean install OEM disk

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

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

I installed Win10 using the Media Creation Tool.

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

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

Please explain this.

Answer:Enabling UEFI Mode AFTER clean install of Win10?

Originally Posted by win10freak


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

I installed Win10 using the Media Creation Tool.

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

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

Please explain this.



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

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

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

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

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

I installed Win10 using the Media Creation Tool.

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

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

Please explain this.

Answer:Enabling UEFI Mode AFTER clean install of Win10?

win10freak said:

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

I installed Win10 using the Media Creation Tool.

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

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

Please explain this.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Does clean install of Win10 format hard drive?

Hello way2ob2se,

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

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

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

Answer:Memory Stik Question/Clean install Win10

You erased it when you formatted it.

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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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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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Under a clean install of Windows 8.1 Pro, audio playback becomes distorted after using the computer for some minutes. Audio starts out okay, but then subtle distortion starts to occur, progressively worsening. At its worst it badly affects audio reproduction, making certain tasks (like learning a language in Rosetta Stone!) impossible. I have replicated this with three different drivers under Windows 8.1, in multiple installations of Windows 8.1: Driver that is built into windows after a fresh install:  "High Definition Audio Device". This produces the least distortion, but it is still noticeable and can be invasive.Driver that Lenovo supplies on their website for Windows 8. The distortion from this driver is terrible. I have installed it in both compatibility mode (Windows 8) and without compatibilty mode, and the problem is the same.Dolby driver. In my testing, this also produces distortion and is worse than (1) but takes some time to become as bad as (2).I never saw this problem under Windows 7 or Windows 8, and I do not currently have any audio problems on the same computer when it is running Ubuntu. This leads me to suspect it is a problem with Windows 8.1, not the drivers or the hardware. I'm out of ideas about how to solve this problem. Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.













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Answer:Corrupt audio after Win8.1 clean install on W520 with Conexant 20672 SmartAudio

What happens if you disable/re-enable the chipset in Device Manager after it starts distorting?What about disabling all enhancements and upping the sample rate/bit depth?

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Hello !

First and foremost please be advised that I have done this before without issue.

Toshiba Satellite laptop L855-S5383
Realtek network card

As stated before, I have done this before. Though its a separate laptop, these two laptops are identicle 100%, I bought them both together at the same time off of tiger direct.

obviously I switched UEFI to CSM and disabled secure boot....the win7 installation is complete.

As I have had to do in the past, I need to install the network card driver, which I saved last time I did this, and it doesn't work. I went to the toshiba website, downloaded several drivers and none of them worked. I am stumped and usually dont have any issues with drivers, but have no clue why I cannot get anything to work. Toshiba is usually great with this, so im thinking it has to be on my end. Could it be that I have a faulty install? ...I don't see how as I already know its a driver issue.

To be as specific as possible it is :

Realtek RTL8723AE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC


Thanks in advance for the time and help !

Answer:Win8 laptop, win7 clean install, network card driver issue

Hi ... Welcome to Seven Forums .. Are you able to run Windows Updates ? ...

Does the Network Adapter show in the Device Manager ? ...

Try the Drivers in the Link below ...
http://support.toshiba.com/support/d...eeText=3478401

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