Windows 10: What am I going to lose with a clean install?

Discus and support What am I going to lose with a clean install? in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; I just bought an external hard drive to backup all my important files, etc. because I think I need to reinstall a fresh copy of Windows. I've had many... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by AshleyQuick, Oct 25, 2020.

  1. What am I going to lose with a clean install?


    I just bought an external hard drive to backup all my important files, etc. because I think I need to reinstall a fresh copy of Windows. I've had many issues, including Windows updates that won't install.

    1) Can someone tell me if I should use the Windows backup utility or another program?

    2) What, realistically, is there no way to save? For instance, will apps and programs be backup WITH their settings?

    :)
     
    AshleyQuick, Oct 25, 2020
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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 25, 2020
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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 25, 2020
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  4. DrPepper Win User

    What am I going to lose with a clean install?

    Best way to keep vista clean and healthy

    Yeah just caught it there.

    I'm going to attempt to have a step by step guide on how to use these programs efficiently.
     
    DrPepper, Oct 25, 2020
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