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  1. Best way to perform a clean installation...


    I'm running Win 10 Pro Insider 2004 (19564.1005) and I've been noticing little problems here and there. These are very small, but at the same time, can be frustrating. Performance degradation to the point of being non usable and having to reboot, windows update doesn't always work, programs in the notification area will either freeze temporarily or permanently, requiring an "end process" command via task manager to revive/restart said program, etc...

    Currently, the "Evaluation Copy is set to expire on 7/31/2020" message that pops up every 15 seconds is what really motivated me to write this post and start planning a clean install.

    I use my computer for work as a web developer. I have a lot of programs running on my computer at a time

    My strategy for storage has always been:
    • Primary Drive for OS & Programs
    • Secondary Drive for Downloads/Documents/Pictures (my Library folders
    • Tertiary Drive for Media/Personal Files/etc
    • Quaternary Drive for Client/Business Related Files

    The only folder I have never messed with is the user profile folder (ie. user/cntquinn/) - You know, the folder that contains Documents/Downloads/Favorites/AppData etc...

    I have a few questions regarding a clean installation:

    What is the best way to backup individual program settings? I'm guessing I should load each program individually and see if there is a way to save/backup settings manually and then do so to a storage device not going to be used for Windows?
    How often should one do a clean install of Windows? The last time I did a clean install of Windows 10 was at least 2 years ago. I'm concerned that there are unnecessary "Services" / "Scheduled Tasks" / stray files & registry entries in every area of my system drive.

    Best way to perform a clean installation... [​IMG]

    Is there a better way to manage the user profile folder mentioned above? Can you explain what that folder is for and if it's better to reuse that folder? My "Library" folders are stored on another drive, along with any files/folders that are created by me. Files created by installed programs or by other means, are stored in their default location within the user profile folder located in the system drive.

    Are there any other folders you can suggest to have backed up and readily accessible?
    Of course I will be backing up the entire system disk, just in case.



    A tutorial on this site that uses a powershell command to list all programs installed on a machine and then export them to a txt file is going to be my starting point/guide for what needs to be installed after Windows, so that's handled.

    My computer specs are listed in my profile and are up to date.

    Maybe someone out there has a checklist or similar structured guide for performing a clean install of Windows for maintenance reasons. I want to do it, but I don't want to miss something or waste a lot of time because I had to do a full restore from the backup I created.

    After all that typing I realized that there are plenty of tutorials on what to backup/steps to consider and basically any and all you need to know before and after doing a clean install. I'm going to post this anyway...in hopes that you will participate.

    List your before and after tasks when it comes to doing a clean install Best way to perform a clean installation... :)

    :)
     
    codebeastmode, Aug 6, 2020
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  2. Clean Install Workaround for Vista

    You may remember this news story on techPowerUp! a couple of days ago relating to the lack of clean installs when using the Upgrade Editions of Vista, which required an old OS to be installed. However, Paul Thurrott has managed to find a workaround for this issue, which ironically lets users do a clean install Vista without any previous version of Windows, albeit a little tedious. Here are the steps:
    • Boot from the Windows Vista Upgrade DVD as normal
    • When prompted for a product code, leave this blank
    • Select the version of Vista you have purchased and let Vista install
    • When you boot to your desktop for the first time, run the Vista setup from Windows
    • This time enter your product key
    • When asked whether you want to do an Upgrade of Custom install, select custom and choose a clean install
    • Windows will now install for a second time and you should be able to activate it
    Remember, these steps are only advised for use in order to achieve a clean install of Vista, it is only legal to use the upgrade editions if you have previously purchased the appropriate version of Windows.

    Source: DailyTech
     
    Jimmy 2004, Aug 6, 2020
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  3. Best Way To Update To Anna ?

    Hi All

    Just wondering what is the best way to do a clean install of Anna on the N8.

    Is it best to do a hard reset before you install Anna, after you install Anna, or not at all.

    I have never reset my N8 since I got it on release, and would like to have a clean fresh install, with no stray file fragments from apps etc. that have been installed and removed since I've had it.

    Does it loose any of the apps or programes from the firmware when you perform a hard reset, like before, i.e. Ovi Store and Maps etc.

    Is there a step by step guide somewhere.

    Many thanks for you help.
     
    blackrain---01, Aug 6, 2020
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  4. GNJha Win User

    Best way to perform a clean installation...

    Best way and smart tricks for optimizing windows computers

    Hi,

    Being a Tech Support Executive, I go through following steps for optimizing a Windows computer;

    • Uninstall unwanted software
    • Disable unwanted services using msconfig
    • Check Windows Startup, Scheduled Tasks, Cleaning Registry issues and other steps using CCleaner
    • Check the option Adjust for best performance in Advanced Performance Option
    • Updating all software including Windows and Antivirus
    • Running full scan by an antivirus
    • Removing Internet temporary files using temp and %temp% commands
    • Resetting and optimizing all browsers
    • Running tools for removing junk files and malwares

    I believe all above are common steps followed by almost all technicians and I have been doing same thing for long time. I would like to know more steps/ ticks that seem not common steps but more effective way.

    Please find for me and let me know.

    Regards

    InTecch
     
    GNJha, Aug 6, 2020
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