1. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 30
    Win 7 Ult x64
       19 Aug 2015 #1

    Reset vs Clean Install?

    I just upgraded my notebook from 8.1. Win 10 is activated. I did the upgrade by creating an ISO using MCT, expanding the files to a USB hdd, then running Setup. I would now like to do a clean reinstall. Since I do not have bootable external media for the notebook, I'm wondering if the System Reset with the "Keep nothing" option would be equivalentto a "bare-metal" clean install?
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,363
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       19 Aug 2015 #2

    Hello kaborka,

    That's correct. A reset using "Keep nothing" basically gives you the same as a clean install of Windows.

    Reset Windows 10
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  3. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 30
    Win 7 Ult x64
       19 Aug 2015 #3

    Thanks. That seemed to work fine. It got rid of all the crapware preinstalled on the new notebook. There is still a windows.old folder, which I presume I can delete.
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,363
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       19 Aug 2015 #4

    Glad to hear it. Yep, you can delete the Windows.old folder if you like, but be sure to read the warning in the tutorial below first.

    Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 10
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