Windows 10: Can I simplify or eliminate reinstalling old apps after Clean install on an old machine

Discus and support Can I simplify or eliminate reinstalling old apps after Clean install on an old machine in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; I will do a clean install of 21H1 on an old machine that cannot update past 1909. Are there steps to take before I do the install to minimize the work... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by paidilukous, May 11, 2021.

  1. Can I simplify or eliminate reinstalling old apps after Clean install on an old machine


    I will do a clean install of 21H1 on an old machine that cannot update past 1909. Are there steps to take before I do the install to minimize the work of reinstalling all my apps? Does it help at all to move the app programs from C > Program Files and Program Files x86 to another drive?

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    paidilukous, May 11, 2021
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  2. No More Clean-Installs for Vista Upgrades

    When users were upgrading to Windows XP, the procedure was that users could simply insert their old Windows 98 or Windows 2000 CD at the appropriate time during a clean install without the need for the old OS to be installed at the time. However, Microsoft has decided to change this for Vista, and now requires a fully installed and activated version of your old OS already on the machine. This comes as an attempt to prevent illegal use of upgrade CDs, but could be inconvenient and time consuming when the time comes to reinstall. The new procedure for a reinstall is as follows:
    • Install your old copy of Windows XP
    • Activate it either online or over the phone
    • Install Vista
    Source: DailyTech
     
    Jimmy 2004, May 11, 2021
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  3. old email addresses

    Thank you for updating me HA.111

    Here is the step to remove that old email address.

    Start typing an email address into the “To” field. As soon as you see the old email address being recommended as one of the potential candidates, use the down arrow key to scroll through the list of suggestions. Once you highlight the old email address, type the delete key. In many cases, this will actually remove the entry not only from the current list of suggestions but from future suggestions as well. You may even find that as you mouse over the drop-down list the highlighted item will have an “x” to explicitly allow you to delete it.

    Just do this step and your good to go.

    Continue to have an escellent day HA.111

    Best regards,

    Anthony C. De Jesus

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    Anthony1129, May 11, 2021
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  4. Can I simplify or eliminate reinstalling old apps after Clean install on an old machine

    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, May 11, 2021
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