Windows 10: Can I go back and just do a clean install

Discus and support Can I go back and just do a clean install in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; I originally followed the path to upgrade my 8.1 Pro to Windows 10. Everything went fine and I created the USB during the process. Activation was OK.... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by shipinomore10, Aug 19, 2015.

  1. Can I go back and just do a clean install


    I originally followed the path to upgrade my 8.1 Pro to Windows 10. Everything went fine and I created the USB during the process. Activation was OK.
    Then after a few days and some unusual problems I reloaded my last Image of 8.1 Pro.
    Question is Can I go back and just do a clean install since I have already did the upgrade process?
    Or do a upgrade again?
    Shipinomore

    :)
     
    shipinomore10, Aug 19, 2015
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  2. Can I do a clean install? (I upgraded)

    Yes, you can perform a direct clean install. You have several methods of performing a clean install.

    When you upgraded from a previous version of Windows or receive a new computer preinstalled with Windows 10, what happened is the hardware (your PC) will get a digital entitlement, where a unique signature of the computer will be stored on Microsoft Activation
    Servers. The Windows 7 or Windows 8 genuine license you were previously running will be exchanged for a diagnostics key.

    Anytime you need to reinstall Windows 10 on that machine, just proceed to reinstall Windows 10. It will automatically reactivate.

    So, there is no need to know or get a product key, if you need to reinstall Windows 10, you can use your Windows 7 or Windows 8 product key or use the reset function in Windows 10.

    If you are prompted to enter a product key, click 'I don't have a key' and 'Do this later'

    Option 1:

    How
    to: Perform a clean install using Reset this PC in Windows 10


    Option 2:

    Step 1:
    How to download official Windows 10 ISO files


    Step 2:
    How to: Perform a clean install of Windows 10
     
    Andre Da Costa, Aug 19, 2015
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  3. Sumit Dhiman2, Aug 19, 2015
    #3
  4. Brink
    Brink New Member

    Can I go back and just do a clean install

    Brink, Aug 19, 2015
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  5. Word Man Win User
    To Windows 10 Pro, right?
     
    Word Man, Aug 19, 2015
    #5
  6. Bazz Win User
    Yes.
     
    Bazz, Apr 4, 2018
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