Clean Install Windows 10 Answers

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Thanks for your feedback. This Forum Article explains how to perform a clean install of Windows 10 on a PC that has already been upgraded to Windows 10 previously or if you have purchased Windows 10.

If you have purchased Windows 10 with a Product Key, please have the Product Key handy as you will need to use it during the installation.

Before you start:. Make sure that you have backups of all data from the PC as the clean installation will remove all files from the PC. Unplug all external peripherals except for the Mouse, Keyboard, and LAN cable before starting. Prepare installation media (a DVD or USB flash drive).

If you have not created installation media, this Forum Article explains how to create the media. Insert the installation media and boot from the installation media. Booting from a DVD or USB flash drive may vary between Devices and Manufacturers.

Confirm with your PC manufacturer the steps necessary to enter BIOS and set the Boot order. Here are some examples:. DELL (Press F2):http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/sln143038/access-uefi--bios--system-setup-from-windows?lang=en. HP (Press F10 or F1):https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/bph07110. Lenovo (Press F1):https://support.lenovo.com/jp/en/solutions/ht500222.

Toshiba (Press F2 or F12):http://support.toshiba.com/support/viewContentDetail?contentId=4009232 .

Watch the video below to perform a Clean installation. Knowing how to perform a clean install of Windows 10 is a useful skill to have. If you’re going to build your own PC from scratch, it’s a necessity. It's also the last resort if you’re having problems with your machine and none of the solutions you've tried has worked or if you want to get rid of manufacturer pre-installed bloatware.

How to complete setup after installation of Windows 10

Doing a clean install of Windows 10 isn’t the same as going into the settings and hitting the reset button. That will just reset your PC to its factory settings. Performing a clean install uses a factory-fresh image from Microsoft.

So, if your computer is only experiencing slowdowns, it might be worth figuring out how to speed up Windows 10 before resorting to a clean install.

If, however, it is exactly what the situation calls for, then let us help you. To start, you will need access to a Windows 10 PC, as you’ll need to create the image you’re installing from. Other than that you’ll need an 8GB or larger USB flash drive and some free time.

To do a clean install of Windows 10, the first thing you need to do is ensure you have a valid Windows 10 license. If you already have Windows 10 installed on your PC then you can check this by going to the ‘Settings’ app.

Click on ‘Update & Security’ and then ‘Activation’ from the sidebar. You’ll now see a message telling you that Windows 10 is activated, either with a digital license or with a digital license linked to your Microsoft Account.

If you need to purchase a license for Windows 10 you’ll be given an activation key that you will enter during the installation process. Previously-activated licenses will be reinstated once your PC connects to the internet. You should also take the time to back up important files and data as this process will completely wipe your PC. There are two parts to the process. The first involves downloading the latest Windows 10 image from Microsoft and creating a bootable flash drive with it.

The second part is using that image to install Windows 10 on your PC. The exact amount of time you’ll need to complete this process depends partly on your internet speed since the Windows 10 image is quite large.

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Installing will also be much quicker on faster SSDs compared to older HDDs. On any Windows 10 PC, you first need to download the Media Creation tool. This will help you not only download the latest Windows 10 image but will also turn it into a bootable USB drive you’re able to install it from. You can get the Media Creation Tool directly from Microsoft, and it’s not a large download so won’t take long to be finished. You don’t have to install it, either, it’ll run as a standalone application.