Windows 10: How to Do Clean Install After Problematical Win7 - Win 10 Upgrade?

Discus and support How to Do Clean Install After Problematical Win7 - Win 10 Upgrade? in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; I think it best to do a clean install of Windows 10 on my computer because of previous problems with a Win XP to 7 upgrade and the problems with this... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by Phil3, Sep 7, 2015.

  1. Phil3 Win User

    How to Do Clean Install After Problematical Win7 - Win 10 Upgrade?


    I think it best to do a clean install of Windows 10 on my computer because of previous problems with a Win XP to 7 upgrade and the problems with this Win 7 to Win10 upgrade. Blinking screen, no sound, "Critical Error" and Start Menu not working, on this Win7 > Win10 upgrade.

    Not being a computer expert, by any means, how best to go about this? Sorry for some basic questions, but a novice. I backed up all the data. I collected all my discs and other info for reinstalling apps.

    1) I am using a 60GB SSD drive for the OS. How do I thoroughly clean and wipe this drive in preparation for Win10? I have a 1TB drive for storage.
    2) I believe a Win10 file was downloaded to my PC to start the upgrade before. Is this the file to use for a clean install? If so, what is the name of it? Do I put it on USB stick, boot the PC from that, and all goes well, or...? What about a registration or activation code?
    3) Is there anything else I need to know or do?

    Thank you.

    Phil

    :)
     
    Phil3, Sep 7, 2015
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  2. Upgraded Win7 to Win 10 online. How clean install and save personal files.

    Upgraded Win7 to Win 10 online and activated. Used 6 months with automatic updates. Previous update accounts were lost and names reassigned. New today, open only in safe mode, and in account other than admin. I'd like to clean install. Can this be done
    online? I have no OS media and have a lot of files to protect. Thanks, Patrick
     
    PatrickDanahy, Sep 7, 2015
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  3. Upgraded Win7 to Win 10 online. How clean install and save personal files.

    You can use the Reset option and choose the option to save your files:

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


    or

    You can download install media, perform a custom install, then recovery files from Windows.old

    How
    to download official Windows 10 ISO files


    the

    How to: Perform a custom installation of Windows

    then

    Recover
    personal files from the Windows.old Folder such as Documents Pictures and Windows Live Mail Emails in Windows 10
     
    Andre Da Costa, Sep 7, 2015
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  4. NavyLCDR New Member

    How to Do Clean Install After Problematical Win7 - Win 10 Upgrade?

    NavyLCDR, Sep 7, 2015
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  5. WhyMe Win User
    WhyMe, Sep 7, 2015
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  6. Phil3 Win User
    OK, these replies are VERY helpful. I feel confident I can do this. One remaining question that perhaps I should post separately. I have a Crucial 60GB SSD. It has the OS. How to clean that completely so it is ready for Win10?
     
    Phil3, Sep 7, 2015
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  7. NavyLCDR New Member
    Judging from the last paragraph here :
    SSDs and Secure Erase - Crucial Community

    Boot from Windows 10 install media, select custom install, then advanced, you will get a list of all the partitions on your drives. Click each one on the SSD, and delete so you are left with only one unallocated space on the SSD. Then just stop right there and let that "cook" overnight.

    Then select the unallocated space and that is where you tell windows 10 to install to.
     
    NavyLCDR, Apr 4, 2018
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