Windows 10: Clean installs and licensing

Discus and support Clean installs and licensing in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Im about to do a clean install of windows 10 as a last resort to possible clear up some issues i have been having are there any percautions i need to... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by LVTHER, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. LVTHER Win User

    Clean installs and licensing


    Im about to do a clean install of windows 10 as a last resort to possible clear up some issues i have been having are there any percautions i need to take? ill be using a product key from windows 7 pro

    :)
     
    LVTHER, Jan 3, 2016
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  2. Regarding Windows 10 Upgrade and Clean Installs

    The reserve app only does upgrades.

    Will upgrading from Windows 7 or later preserve my personal files, applications and settings?

    Yes, upgrading from Windows 7 or a later version will preserve your personal files, applications and settings.

    Backup your computer:

    When making significant changes to your computer such as updating the operating system, you should always backup. See links to resources about backing up by clicking the link for the respective version of Windows you are running:

    Windows XP
    ,
    Windows Vista
    ,
    Windows 7
    ,
    Windows 8/8.1


    Also review:

    How to: 10 Tips before
    installing the latest Windows 10 build


    How to: 10 things
    to do if Windows 10 Setup fails.


    Once you have installed these important updates and followed the prerequisite instructions, you should be ready to receive your
    free update to Windows 10 this summer.
     
    Andre Da Costa, Jan 3, 2016
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  3. Regarding Windows 10 Upgrade and Clean Installs

    The topic the website made me choose for this post is wrong. I don't have a question about the Upgrade Reservation, but since that's the only topic in that drop down list, it made me pick it just to be able to post this.

    So far I've seen posts about wanting to do a clean installs, but can I go about upgrading to Windows 10 when it comes out without having to format my hard drive?
     
    DracusShadowrift, Jan 3, 2016
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  4. davidhk Win User

    Clean installs and licensing

    1. Always backup whatever you want to keep.
    2. If you are doing a clean install over an already activated Windows 10, you won't need the product key.
    You will be asked for a product key. Just click the SKIP option and continue.
    Activation will be automatic.
     
    davidhk, Jan 3, 2016
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  5. LVTHER Win User
    Thanks for the response, I have everything important stored on a different drive from the start.

    Does it matter if I format the drive before install?

     
    LVTHER, Jan 3, 2016
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  6. davidhk Win User
    I never have to format the drive. Never prevents me from reinstalling or clean installing.
    So, I cannot answer that question.
     
    davidhk, Jan 3, 2016
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  7. cereberus Win User
    You can delete all partitions during the install phase. Just to avoid any problems if crap happens, recommend you temporarily disconnect all hdds except os hdd.

    Occasionally, you have to completely nuke the hdd using dban or other tool.
     
    cereberus, Apr 4, 2018
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