Windows 10: Is formatting required during clean install from USB stick?

Discus and support Is formatting required during clean install from USB stick? in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; I bought a new SSD drive and used it to replace my old slow HDD in my laptop. I have just successfully installed windows 10 on it. During the step... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by qq107, Nov 23, 2015.

  1. qq107 Win User

    Is formatting required during clean install from USB stick?


    I bought a new SSD drive and used it to replace my old slow HDD in my laptop. I have just successfully installed windows 10 on it.

    During the step shown in the picture below, I clicked on "New"

    Is formatting required during clean install from USB stick? [​IMG]

    Which brought me to this step

    Is formatting required during clean install from USB stick? [​IMG]

    From here, i just chose "Drive 0 Partition 4", clicked "Next", and the installation began.

    Now here is my question, does it make a difference (or is it better) if I had chosen to format "Drive 0 Partition 4" first and then install? cuz my friend is saying that I should always format before installing Windows.

    Thanks

    Pictures courtesy of tenforums

    :)
     
    qq107, Nov 23, 2015
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  2. Purchased an SSD - Will my Windows 8.1 Product Key Work for Windows 10?

    You cannot clean install during the upgrade. Clean installs require a custom install (format) and you can only clean install after the hardware has been registered and the qualifying OS validated with the windows store. After that you can
    do a clean install when ever you like from the ISO that will be available on or about July 29
     
    ZigZag3143 (MS -MVP), Nov 23, 2015
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  3. Fresh Install

    You cannot clean install during the upgrade. Clean installs require a custom install (format) and you can only clean install after the hardware has been registered and the qualifying OS validated with the windows store. After that you can
    do a clean install when ever you like from the ISO that will be available on or about July 29
     
    ZigZag3143 (MS -MVP), Nov 23, 2015
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  4. spapakons Win User

    Is formatting required during clean install from USB stick?

    There will be no difference, format is done automatically by Windows Setup. In fact you don't even need to partition the drive (unless you want to keep some space for dual-boot with another operating system), you just select the unallocated disk and Setup will do the rest. It will create all system partitions and the rest space will be formatted to NTFS for Windows.
     
    spapakons, Nov 23, 2015
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  5. qq107 Win User
    Thanks~ That's good to know*Biggrin
     
    qq107, Apr 4, 2018
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