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  1. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 38
       31 Jul 2015 #1

    Upgrade or Clean Install....?

    Having read a number of articles on the subject of "Upgrade or Clean Install", I am still uncertain as to which option delivers the greatest benefits with the least disadvantages. Currently it seems that the decision is one of personal preference - but experience shows us that "personal preference" is not to be trusted.

    My own "personal preference" about almost anything is largely dependent upon the quality of the first cup of Java of a morning - not what one would call a good measure by which to make decisions.

    What is the view of Forum Members - Upgrade or Clean Install...?

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  2. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10
       31 Jul 2015 #2

    I would say as with any windows installation, if you have the patience, go with the clean install every time.

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  3. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 49
    Win 10 Professional x64
       31 Jul 2015 #3

    Of course a clean installation. However it a lot easier if first do an upgrade to get that os is registered/recognised by MS.
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  4. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 119
    Windows 10 Pro
       31 Jul 2015 #4

    If you want to get free windows 10 offer you need to upgrade first and after that you can do the clean install

    otherwise your windows 10 will not active.
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 17
    Windows 10 & Linux Mint 17.2
       31 Jul 2015 #5

    Akane said: View Post
    If you want to get free windows 10 offer you need to upgrade first and after that you can do the clean install

    otherwise your windows 10 will not active.
    Do any of you guy's have a guide for clean install ? It's supposed just remember your PC now after upgrading right ? Thanks btw!
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  6.    31 Jul 2015 #6

    As Akane says you must perform upgrade first in order to get the key associated with the install. Then if you encounter annoying issues which can't be easily remedied, you can do a clean install. There is a tutorial on this forum for doing clean installs.
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  7. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 54
    Windows 10 Pro
       31 Jul 2015 #7

    I did a clean install of my Windows 7 Pro. I then did an upgrade using the tool. It worked fine with the upgrade and it registered my system so that I could do a clean install.
    I did my homework and made sure I had all of the most up to date drivers for my system. I did a clean install and it worked just fine.
    I did have a little problem with 2 programs. I removed and reinstalled them and my system is now fully loaded up with programs and running fine.
    I do get 3 log errors from Cortana but that is to be expected. I'm sure MS will send down updates to fix Cortana.
    Cortana works just fine but I hate errors in my logs. : )

    One tip for people doing a clean install with drivers is to take it offline until you have installed all of the drivers. Then put it online and let Microsoft update any if needed. I was not able to install my Intel USB 3.0 driver but, MS installed one for me. That was the only driver MS had to install.
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  8. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 38
       31 Jul 2015 #8

    swarfega said: View Post
    There is a tutorial on this forum for doing clean installs.
    Do you have a link to the Tutorial...?

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  9. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 38
       01 Aug 2015 #9

    I am trying to write a Tutorial for non-technical users as to how to do a "Clean Install". My first attempt at the task has been met with comments such as "...... hmmmm thanks but I think that I will stay with W8.1 ...." Not really encouraging.

    Any thoughts, suggestions, ideas or links to anyone who has already written such would be appreciated.

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  10. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 79
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
       01 Aug 2015 #10

    You definitively have to update first. Once this is done you can go for a clean install.
    The clean install is easy if windows finds all your hardware. What gets things a little
    harder for some is when you have unknown devices in your device manager
    For this you should lookup device ids and search to see what it is and get latest driver
    from manufacturer site.
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