Windows 10: Clean Re-Install Win10 Self Built PC

Discus and support Clean Re-Install Win10 Self Built PC in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Hi all, I built a computer from scratch in 2016 and installed Windows 10 Pro using an OEM license that I purchased at the time. For various reasons,... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by RSattaur, May 22, 2020 at 7:57 PM.

  1. RSattaur Win User

    Clean Re-Install Win10 Self Built PC


    Hi all,


    I built a computer from scratch in 2016 and installed Windows 10 Pro using an OEM license that I purchased at the time. For various reasons, I wanted to do a clean sweep of the computer, and I've set up a USB drive to reinstall Windows and start from scratch that way.


    I'm wondering how licensing will work in this case, and what I need to do to get the OS activated once the installation is complete?

    :)
     

  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
     
  3. angus Win User
    Settings can't be opened using the built-in administrator account


    Hello,
    Unfortunately I have the same issue as Dabz from upgrading win7 to win10.
    I've tried opening settings using all the suggested methods and it will not load using my account with Administrator access nor the built-in Administrator profile. I also tried other methods not listed such as using Run. Control panel is just a stepping stone to add users in Settings.
    I'm also having explorer.exe issues, which I believe is preventing Settings from loading.
    Using cmd (Admin) I successfully created a new user profile [and granted admin access also using cmd (Admin)], however win10 will not allow this account to log on. win10 does not list this new user within control panel but it does in the start menu. win10 will not allow to log in or switch to the new account via the start menu either.
    I can access settings in Safe Mode but this will not allow me to create a new account.
    Any help/suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers
     
  4. Clean Re-Install Win10 Self Built PC

    Clean install of Win10

    I purchased Win10 Download yesterday because the upgrade that somehow was done on my pc had many problems. Using the downloaded file it did what appears to be an upgrade again. While things are better, I want to do a clean install of Win10. I burned the
    .iso file to a DVD. I booted the pc on the DVD drive but everything looks like just the upgrade. All my stuff is there, which normally is good, but I want to start all over. I've researched and can't find definitive steps on how.

    Please tell me how?
     
    Austin Willis, May 22, 2020 at 8:01 PM
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