1. Joined : Mar 2015
    Posts : 98
    Vista, Win 7, Win 8.1, Win 10 TP
       16 Aug 2015 #1

    Windows 10 reset/refresh

    Hi there. I am thinking about resetting Windows 10. (Got too much clutter). Brink had an excellent tutorial on how to accomplish that. What is still unclear to me, is that it talks about inserting Install Media, which makes sense. However, my Windows 10 installation was one of those free upgrades from Windows 8.1. So how do I go about, since it was a download? Do I first create an esd-to-iso? And what about re-activation? Thanks in advance for your help.
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  2. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,894
    Windows 10 Pro
       16 Aug 2015 #2

    The easiest method to create the installation media is to use the Media Creation Tool - but it will mean another 3.5 - 5 GB download.
    Windows 10 ISO Download

    If at any time the install/reset asks you to enter a product key, skip it. Do NOT enter any product keys! If your upgrade was properly activated, the clean install/reset will activate itself without a product key.

    Windows 10 - Clean Install
    Last edited by Brink; 16 Aug 2015 at 21:06. Reason: updated link for more info
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  3. Joined : Mar 2015
    Posts : 98
    Vista, Win 7, Win 8.1, Win 10 TP
       16 Aug 2015 #3

    Thank you, NavyLCDR. That answers my question.
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  4. Joined : Mar 2015
    Posts : 98
    Vista, Win 7, Win 8.1, Win 10 TP
       18 Aug 2015 #4

    I did the reset and it went well in itself. When the system restarted after the operation, the system was caught in a loop of error 'BOOT_DEVICE_INACCESSIBLE'. Some people had come up with a solution about switching SATA mode from AHCI to IDE. But that didn't help me. I finally reinstalled Win 10 with a disk from a download. No more error/BSOD. It was ready within 45 minutes or so. And it activated automatically, as expected. Thanks again, NavyLCDR.
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