1.    24 Aug 2016 #1
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Home

    not just about Windws 10, but...

    Had my Dell PC crash after a year running 10. I got new hard drive and USB with OS/drivers to restore Windows 7.Problem is that I am unable to do some stuff, like add folders to start menu and move individual programs into them. 10 worked great while I had it, maybe it was the Insider Previews that resulted in the crash. I find 7 counter-intuitive after 3 years, but don't want to chance another crash even if the free upgrade is still available. Any assistance would be appreciated.
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  2.    24 Aug 2016 #2
    Join Date : Apr 2015
    Posts : 8,881

    Once W10 has been installed and activated on a system, it can be reinstalled/clean installed as often as you like/need. You can download the ISO from MS, and clean install W10. skipping when it asks for a keycode, and it will install and activate, because your digital license is stored on the MS servers.

    Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums

    W10 will install almost all drivers you need; anything that is a problem can be downloaded from the Dell Support web site. I would clean install to your new drive and things should be fine.
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  3.    24 Aug 2016 #3
    Join Date : May 2015
    Central IL
    Posts : 2,593
    EL Capitan

    If all that you did was reinstall 7, everything should work just fine. If you loaded 10 on top of a full clean install of 7 after you put all of your programs on, it is going to cause headaches. What I did when I installed 10 on my wife's laptop was make a clone of that first install. After all programs installed and updated, made another full clone. Same thing with Anniversary and a week after running to make sure she had all updates, so that I could keep that copy in safe keeping.
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