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  1.    16 May 2017 #11
    Join Date : May 2017
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    This time clean install seems to have worked, so I can now install software the way I used to. I also deleted all unnecessary partitions on disk 1.

    I was hoping to at least find the cause as I haven't encountered something like it before, but sometimes the quickest solution is the best. Again many thanks for the help, I will be marking this as solved.

    (As an aside, I did try fiddling with the permissions, but had zero luck there so it was probably not the cause.)
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  2.    16 May 2017 #12
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 11,055
    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    Great! Now's the time to create a new disk image- a base image. Then you can update that periodically (smaller and faster).

    We recommend Macrium Reflect (free) + its boot medium + external storage for images.

    Recovery without technical help from (e.g.)
    => disk failure (restore to new disk)
    => ransomware (full backup)
    => unbootable PC
    => lost data (provided it existed when you created and image)
    => 'bad' updates or update failure

    - even user error.
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