This topic covers how to manually create a Windows installation USB drive from Windows installation ISO disc image file or DVD, and is intended for PC manufacturers looking into creating media that they can use to manufacture Windows devices.
A clean installation of Windows 10 is the process of erasing the hardware and setting up a new fresh copy of the platform when a computer has a problem.
For example, you can resolve performance, memory, startup, shut down, and apps issues using this method. Also, it's perhaps the best approach to remove viruses and other types of malware, and it can help to improve battery life.
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- In addition, it's an excellent solution to remove preloaded bloatware (unnecessary preloaded software) from Windows 10.
- You can use this method to decommission a computer without giving away your data. Or you can set up a new installation after replacing the hard drive.
- Furthermore, if you had the same setup for some time, a clean installation is the recommended option to upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10 or upgrade from an older version (such as Windows 7 and Windows 8.1), minimizing the risks of problems during and after the process.
- In this Windows 10 guide, we will walk you through the complete process to perform a clean installation.
Step 1 - Format the drive and set the primary partition as active
As you prepare to proceed with a clean installation of Windows 10, it's recommended to complete some essential tasks to minimize issues and potential data loss.
If you already have a backup of the computer and files. You have an activation product key.
The device can start from a USB flash drive, and non-essential peripherals are disconnected, then you can skip this part and jump to the bootable media creation and a clean install process.
The install process of Windows 10 deletes everything on the drive, which means that backing up the entire device (or at least your files) is a crucial step unless you don't have anything important you want to keep.
You should create a temporary backup to revert the settings or recover files if something goes wrong during the installation.
You can choose many different solutions, but the easiest way to create a full backup is to use the legacy System Image Backup tool available on Windows 10.
It's a deprecated feature, but it continues to work.
The tool is also available for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. If you need to back up your documents, pictures, and other important files, you can upload the data to OneDrive or another cloud storage service.
Step 2 - Copy Windows Setup to the USB flash drive
In case you use OneDrive, you can also use the backup settings page to sync your profile folders, including Documents, Pictures, and Desktop, to the cloud automatically.
To configure OneDrive backup on Windows 10, use these steps:. Click on Update & Security. Click on Backup.
Step 3 - Install Windows to the new PC
Under the "Back up files to OneDrive" section, click the Back up files option.
Source: Windows Central. (Optional) Click to clear the folder you don't want to back up in the cloud. Click the Start backup button. Source: Windows Central.
Once you complete the steps, OneDrive will back up the files on the Desktop, Documents, and Pictures user folders in the cloud.
If you have a lot of data, syncing the files to the cloud can be expensive and take a long time, and the available space may not even be enough.
If your Windows image is larger than 4GB
Windows USB install drives are formatted as FAT32, which has a 4GB filesize limit. If your image is larger than the filesize limit:
If this is the case, perhaps the best option would be to copy the files to an external USB hard drive. To create a file backup manually, connect an external drive with enough storage space to your Windows 10 computer, and use these steps:.
Open File Explorer. Type the following path in the address bar and press Enter:.
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Click the Select all button from the "Home" tab. Source: Windows Central.