1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 50
    Windows 10 Home
       12 Aug 2015 #1

    Clean install of 10 on new SSD


    I am about to get a new 240Gb SSD and have been advised to clean install Windows 10 on it. This SSD will replace a SATA HDD in my existing computer running Windows 8.1. I know that I qualify for the free upgrade; I have the "Get 10" icon on my task bar.

    My first question is, can I get the 10 installation media without buying it and if so, how?

    Do I need to upgrade the computer to 10 before replacing the OS hard drive with the new SSD and clean installing?

    I'm not very knowledgeable about these processes so I apologize if my language is incorrect. If somebody could give me a step by step process guide to achieve this, I would be most grateful.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,424
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       12 Aug 2015 #2

    Hello Canuck, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Yes, you'll need to upgrade to the free Windows 10 offer on your activated Windows 8.1 PC first to register the Windows 10 activation on the Microsoft activation servers for your PC.

    Afterwards, you'll be able to clean install on the PC.

    Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation

    Windows 10 - Clean Install
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  3. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 243
    Win 10 Pro 64bit
       12 Aug 2015 #3

    canuck257 said: View Post
    My first question is, can I get the 10 installation media without buying it and if so, how?
    Download from Microsoft here: Windows 10 ISO Download

    canuck257 said: View Post
    Do I need to upgrade the computer to 10 before replacing the OS hard drive with the new SSD and clean installing?
    Yes, after you've upgraded your PC will be activated. When you clean install skip the points where you're asked for a product key and your PC will get automatically activated when its finished.
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  4. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 33
    Windows 10
       12 Aug 2015 #4

    I recommend swapping in the new SSD, or any other hardware upgrades, while still on Windows 8.1, then upgrade to Windows 10 to avoid any complications activating Windows 10 if you later choose to perform a clean install. A clean installed Windows 10 will be expecting the same hardware as what you received the free upgrade. With all that said you still should be able to re-activate (if you later choose to clean install) via calling Microsoft if there are any problems since its perfectly reasonable to upgrade/install a new SSD. Most probably would prefer not having any reason to call Microsoft to re-activate so thats why I offer my above recommendation.
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  5. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 196
    windows 10 (x64)
       12 Aug 2015 #5
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