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  1. Join Date : Apr 2016
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    Windows 10 Home Anniversary 64bit
       2016-04-16 #240

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Groze,

    Yes you can.

    Can I reinstall Windows 10 on my computer after upgrading with free upgrade?

    Once you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 using the free upgrade offer or Media Creation Tool on an activated Windows 7 or 8.1 PC, you will be able to reinstall, including a clean install, on the same device. You won’t need a product key for re-activations on the same hardware. If you make a meaningful change to your hardware, you may need to contact customer support to help with activation. You’ll also be able to create your own installation media like a USB drive or DVD, and use that to upgrade your device or reinstall after you’ve upgraded.
    Hi Brink....can you tell me if I use the media tool to create ISO to DVD can I then use the DVD to upgrade and then if I am happy with it to use the same DVD to do a clean install at a later date? TIA
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  2. Join Date : Feb 2015
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 13,393
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393 Multiprocessor Free
       2016-04-16 #241

    Deblk said: View Post
    Hi Brink....can you tell me if I use the media tool to create ISO to DVD can I then use the DVD to upgrade and then if I am happy with it to use the same DVD to do a clean install at a later date? TIA
    Brink is off shift right now, but to answer your question, you sure can.
    Here is a tutorial from him, in case you want to take a look, also there is a video from essenbe. one of our video geeks and moderators : Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums
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  3. Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 2,358
    Windows10
       2016-04-16 #242

    Deblk said: View Post
    Hi Brink....can you tell me if I use the media tool to create ISO to DVD can I then use the DVD to upgrade and then if I am happy with it to use the same DVD to do a clean install at a later date? TIA
    You can but now Windows 10 uses a new model i.e. it brings out new builds periodically which are effectively a full reinstall of the OS, then any dvd or usb flash drive becomes outdated each time a new build is released.

    The same applies if you create a usb recovery drive.

    Best option is to download latest iso whenever you want to reinstall.
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  4. Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,355
    Windows 10 Pro
       2016-04-16 #243

    cereberus said: View Post
    Best option is to download latest iso whenever you want to reinstall.
    Only if there is an actual new MAJOR build release. IE: 10240 first major build release, 10586 next major build that was released. Follow-on to 10586 is not scheduled until the Redstone anniversary release probably in July. An ISO of 10586.0 downloaded in November 2015 is just as good for installing as the current ISO which is something like 10586.104. Whether you install the an ISO downloaded in November or an ISO downloaded today, it's still going to take a cumulative update from Windows Update to bring it up to the most current build of 10586.218.

    Now, having any build 10586 ISO file is certainly much better than a 10240 ISO.
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  5. Join Date : Apr 2016
    Posts : 34
    Windows 10 Home Anniversary 64bit
       2016-04-16 #244

    cereberus said: View Post
    You can but now Windows 10 uses a new model i.e. it brings out new builds periodically which are effectively a full reinstall of the OS, then any dvd or usb flash drive becomes outdated each time a new build is released.

    The same applies if you create a usb recovery drive.

    Best option is to download latest iso whenever you want to reinstall.
    Ok thanks....so best to upgrade now to activate then when I want to do a clean install to download the latest ISO at the time? Will the ISO still be available to downloads after the free period is over?
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  6. Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 1,584
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       2016-04-16 #245

    yes you are correct in your first assumption..
    and yes the newest ISO should be available in the furure..
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  7. Join Date : Apr 2016
    Posts : 34
    Windows 10 Home Anniversary 64bit
       2016-04-16 #246

    Kyhi said: View Post
    yes you are correct in your first assumption..
    and yes the newest ISO should be available in the furure..
    Thanks. If I am not happy with 10 will I be able to reinstall my Windows 7 back or will the product key be void after upgrading?
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  8. Join Date : Aug 2015
    Maine
    Posts : 19,780
    Windows10Pro 64Bit on 2 DeskTop Computers
       2016-04-16 #247

    Deblk said: View Post
    Thanks. If I am not happy with 10 will I be able to reinstall my Windows 7 back or will the product key be void after upgrading?
    Best way would be to make a Complete Image Backup BEFORE upgrading to Windows 10. Use a program like Macrium Reflect free version. Store this backup on a external drive if possible. Then if you decide to go back to your Windows 7, all you would have to do is restore your image backup.
    http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
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  9.    2016-04-16 #248

    Agree with Oldie... backup is the easiest option - the key will still work nonetheless.

    NB One can always integrate the latest cumulative update with Dism to have an up to date ISO... but that's different topic.
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  10. Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 11
    Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit
       2016-04-16 #249

    Hi folks. Today I downloaded the Techbench ISO, and, after numerous restarts, I finally have Win10_1511_1_EnglishInternational_x64.iso successfully saved. Before I burn a dvd I'd like to verify it, but I can't find any tech info about what its checksum values should be. I found a reference somewhere to a listing on the MSDN site, but that specific file was not listed, and I was unable to find checksum details for those that were. And I see that post #175 in this thread posed a checksum query that seems to have gone unanswered.
    I see that in this thread Brink has advised disabling download managers (wish I'd known!); but, before I use up more of my limited bandwidth with another download, I'd like to verify the checksums I've generated from the file I already have. Does anyone have access to the mysteriously elusive checksum info please?

    Also, I chose the 'EnglishInternational' version because I'm in NZ. Reading through this thread I've learned that 'English'=English-US, and 'EnglishInternational'=English-UK, so I'm hoping I have the correct file. We always select 'US-keyboard' when confronted with the choice, because we use $ here in NZ; but we use UK dictionary/spelling files, so perhaps this International version will offer me an 'English-NZ' or 'English-Aust/NZ' choice which I've encountered in some previous OS or App installs. Does anyone have any clues about this? Have I chosen the correct download for my NZ location?

    Thanks in advance to all you wise gurus who inhabit this space!
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