Windows 10: Win7 to Win10 upgrade vs fresh Win 10 install: is fresh truly better?

Discus and support Win7 to Win10 upgrade vs fresh Win 10 install: is fresh truly better? in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; I recently did a Win 10 21H1 fresh install on a virgin M.2 NVMe drive and was surprised to discover a size of 28.6 GB (discounting the pagefile and... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by ritjesman, Jun 22, 2021.

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    Win7 to Win10 upgrade vs fresh Win 10 install: is fresh truly better?


    I recently did a Win 10 21H1 fresh install on a virgin M.2 NVMe drive and was surprised to discover a size of 28.6 GB (discounting the pagefile and hibernate files). This was considerably larger than expected based on research and my recollection of a Win 7 to Win 10 1909 upgrade. To check my aging memory I reformatted the drive and than did a Win 7 fresh install (using SIW2's 7updater found on Seven Forums) immediately followed by an in-place upgrade to Win 10 2004. [Note: I know it's not quite an apples-to-apples comparison but differences between 2004 and 21H1 could not account for the variances depicted below.] The fresh vs upgrade comparison is shown below (accomplished by mounting Macrium Reflect backup images). The windows.old folder is deleted, the pagefile.sys moved off of C:\ and hibernation disabled on the upgraded drive: Line items representing less than 1% each are not shown. As depicted the upgrade approach results an installed size over 30% smaller than a fresh install and the machine actually seems to boot faster (although that's subjective since I failed to actually run the reboot time test on the.fresh install before over-writing it). My interpretation of info gleaned here and elsewhere was that a fresh/clean install is presumed to be superior to an in-place upgrade due to elimination of old OS left-overs. Did I misinterpret the implied advocacy that a fresh install is preferable? Thanks in advance for your time and expertise.

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    ritjesman, Jun 22, 2021
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    Flogger23m, Jun 22, 2021
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    ChetanThapliyal, Jun 22, 2021
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  4. Win7 to Win10 upgrade vs fresh Win 10 install: is fresh truly better?

    Fresh Install of Win 10

    I have a PC with Win 7 and I did an upgrade to Win 10 and it seemed to work fine except I wanted to do a fresh install and I did not see how to do a fresh install. So with this PC which now has Win 10 how can I do a fresh install?

    Also, I have 2 other PCs (1 with Win 7 the other Win 8.1) how can I do a fresh install to start off with?

    Thanks for your help.
     
    NeilGoldwein, Jun 22, 2021
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