Windows 10: W10 Clean Install - Detailed Steps

Discus and support W10 Clean Install - Detailed Steps in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Hello All, At long long last I have the time to switch my desktop from W7 to W10. Am posting a list of what I think are the detailed actions I will... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by MWombat, Oct 24, 2019.

  1. MWombat Win User

    W10 Clean Install - Detailed Steps


    Hello All,
    At long long last I have the time to switch my desktop from W7 to W10. Am posting a list of what I think are the detailed actions I will have to take for a clean W10 install.
    Would be great if everyone can have a quick look at my list and post if I have missed something out. Thanks.

    Current set up : W7 Pro plenty of RAM, and Pentium I7. 3 SSds – one with just OS the other 2 for storage – all formatted in NTFS
    Actions:
    Download latest W10 via MCT to flash drive.
    Back up everything to external drive
    Change BIOS boot order to Flash drive
    Disconnect all 3 SSds
    Reformat OS SSd to GPT [Previously W10 wouldn’t install to my Laptop until I reformatted to GPT] - AOMI partition manager did the trick for me before for a W10 install on another laptop]
    Reconnect OS SSd
    Install W10 from flash drive
    Reconnect 2 storage SSds.

    One final question. The 2 storage SSds are NTFS. Will I have to reformat them to GPT or will they be all OK to work alongside the OS SSd which will be GPT ?

    Thanks.

    :)
     
    MWombat, Oct 24, 2019
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  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
     
    Jimmy 2004, Oct 24, 2019
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  3. Windows 10 infinite restart black screen


    The tutorials provided are just a list of troubleshooting steps. Use only the steps which apply to you.

    Since none of the troubleshooting steps here worked, I'd suggest you do a Clean install.

    John
     
    AmericanPharaoh, Oct 24, 2019
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  4. MWombat Win User

    W10 Clean Install - Detailed Steps

    Advice Please on Clean Install of W10

    Hello All, my first forum post.
    The time is fast approaching when I will upgrade from W7 to W10.
    My W7 Pro is a legitimate copy.
    I want to do a clean instal rather than the 'upgrade.
    Currently I have 3 SSDs - SSD1 is W7 OS only, the remaining 2 SSDs contain various personal files.
    I would be keen to install W10 on SSD1 and totally replace W7 ie no dual boot.
    I understand of course that I will need to purchase W10 key etc.
    Could someone please help with what the best way is to do this and if possible list the detailed steps involved - although I am sure somewhere in the forum this has been addressed before I cant find exactly what I need.
    Thanks,
     
    MWombat, Oct 24, 2019
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