Windows 10 has been available for a couple of days and now active on over 200 million devices. But you are like rest of us, having a custom PC or you just want a nice and clean installation then you will want to format and start over. In this tutorial, we will show you how to discuss how to clean install Windows 10.
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If you are on Windows 7/8 OS:
If your computer still runs Windows 7 or 8, you want to avoid upgrading using Windows Update. Instead, make yourself a Windows 10 installation media. We prefer using a USB Flash drive (thumb drive) since it works with all computers, including those without an optical drive. You’ll need a drive that’s 6GB or larger. Here are the steps.
Step 1: Download the media creation tool from Microsoft
Step 2: Run the downloaded tool, choose Create installation media for another PC then click Next.
Step 3: In this step, you select the Language, Edition and Architecture for Windows 10, then click Next.
If you choose to make the installation media for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows, you will need a thumb drive that has, at least, 6GB of storage space.
Note: Windows 10 Home is for computers currently running Windows 7 Home or Windows 8. If you choose to upgrade the Home version of previous Windows to Windows 10 Pro (which you can only upgrade to from Windows 7/8 Pro or Ultimate,) you’ll have to pay for the license. The N version of Windows 10 is for some European markets and will not include Windows Media Player. Read more about these specifications.
Step 4: Choose USB Flash drive as the media to use.
Step 5: Insert the flash drive into the computer’s USB port and click Next. After the drive is selected the tool will start downloading Windows 10. Depending on the speed of your Internet connection, the download can take anywhere from a few minutes to a couple of hours. Once the download is done, the tool will take another few minutes to turn the flash drive into Windows 10 installation media. You then can use this flash drive to upgrade or install Windows on any computer.
Step 6: Insert the installation media flash drive into a computer running Windows 7 or 8 that you want to upgrade. Open the drive in Explorer and double click on the Setup file. The upgrading process will start.
Step 7: After a short preparation, including checking for updates from the Internet and asking you to agree to terms and conditions, you will be greeted with the Ready to Install dialog, click on Change what to keep.
Step 8: In the next step, you can choose to keep Nothing (so that you’ll have a truly fresh Windows 10 install), Keep personal files only (your documents, music, photos, etc., will remain intact) or Keep personal files, apps or Windows settings (you will not have a clean installation of Windows 10.) After that click Next.
Follow the rest of the installation and once it’s done, if you have picked the option to keep nothing or just personal files, you will have yourself a clean installation of Windows 10 on your machine.
If you are on Windows 10:
If your computer already run Windows 10, the easiest way to refresh the machine is to reset it.
Step 1: From the Windows 10 Start Menu, click on Settings. And click on Update & Security.
Step 2: Under Update & security, click on Recovery and then under Reset this PC, click on Get Started
Step 3: Once you click on Get Started, you will be presented with the option to Keep my files or to Remove Everything. Basically, if you intend to keep the computer for yourself, pick the first option. If you intend to give it away or sell it after the reset, choose the second option.
After choosing an option, click on the Reset button and that’s it. The computer will restart and after somewhere between 10 minutes to half an hour, or maybe longer depending on the speed of the machine, you will have yourself a computer with Windows 10 freshly installed.
We hope you have successfully cleaned and installed Windows 10 now. If not, you can get support by contacting one of our technical experts via live chat or by creating a support ticket HERE.
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