Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

  1. Joined : Jan 2015
    KS
    Posts : 526
    W 7 desktop Home Premium 64 - OS
       19 Jan 2015 #1

    What is a clean install


    I plan to buy W 10 when it comes out if it is not outrageously expensive. I will put it on my laptop which was originally W 8, then updated to W 8.1. I need to know how to prep the laptop. I keep seeing a "clean install" and do not know what that means. I can reformat it if necessary, but that would put it back to W8.

    I just googled the question and it sounds like I will get an option after starting the installation. Am I right?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  2. Joined : Jul 2014
    Belo Horizonte
    Posts : 710
    Windows 10 Build 14267
       19 Jan 2015 #2

    Clean install is when you boot from the install media and format a selected partition/drive. You'll still be able to upgrade from Win8.1 to Win10, but I personally always prefer a fresh install.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  3. Joined : Jan 2015
    KS
    Posts : 526
    W 7 desktop Home Premium 64 - OS
       19 Jan 2015 #3

    And what do you mean by fresh install?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  4. Joined : Jul 2014
    Belo Horizonte
    Posts : 710
    Windows 10 Build 14267
       19 Jan 2015 #4

    Emma said: View Post
    And what do you mean by fresh install?

    Fresh = Clean

      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  5. Joined : Jan 2015
    KS
    Posts : 526
    W 7 desktop Home Premium 64 - OS
       20 Jan 2015 #5

    Thanks, sorry for the dumb question, the terminology used here is like a foreign language to me. I have googled for a lot of definitions since I found this forum. None of my women friends understand me when I talk computer. They think I am techy and I just let them think that. But I am not on the level you all are.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  6. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,939
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       20 Jan 2015 #6

    Emma said: View Post
    Thanks, sorry for the dumb question, the terminology used here is like a foreign language to me. I have googled for a lot of definitions since I found this forum. None of my women friends understand me when I talk computer. They think I am techy and I just let them think that. But I am not on the level you all are.
    A clean install is where you take the ISO for Win10 or any copy of windows and wipe the hard drive clean and install the OS from the ISO. Here's how you do it:https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...n-install.html

    Jeff
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  7. Joined : Jan 2015
    KS
    Posts : 526
    W 7 desktop Home Premium 64 - OS
       20 Jan 2015 #7

    That is for a W 10 Technical Preview, I am thinking about the finished product that will be released to the public. Is it the same? Will I be able just to install over my W 8.1 without prep work.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  8. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,939
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       20 Jan 2015 #8

    Emma said: View Post
    That is for a W 10 Technical Preview, I am thinking about the finished product that will be released to the public. Is it the same? Will I be able just to install over my W 8.1 without prep work.
    It works the same way for any version of windows..well I've done it from Win7 on. An instillation over Win8.1 would be an update and that might be what you want to do if you don't want to install all of your programs/apps again. But, you can perform a clean install and wipe Win8.1 off of your PC.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  9. Joined : Jan 2015
    KS
    Posts : 526
    W 7 desktop Home Premium 64 - OS
       20 Jan 2015 #9

    I want to be sure my reformat disk will work after upgrade. Reformatting has save me a lot of money when I can't fix my problem.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  10. Joined : Sep 2014
    DFW Area
    Posts : 374
    Windows 8&10
       20 Jan 2015 #10

    My thought of a clean install is to have access to bootable install media and during the install, remove the Critical Partitions prior to installing the new OS.

    What are Critical Partitions, the ones necessary for the OS to operate, such as the OS and any Recovery, System, or MSR ones usually at the front of the Hard Drive. If you are not sure, ask before deleting any of these.

    You might want to keep in mind some of the problems encountered during the 8 to 8.1 upgrade in that folks purchasing the OS from the Microsoft Store did not have access to the install files in order to Refresh their 8.1 system back to 8.1.

    Another 8 to 8.1 upgrade problem was that some OEM configurations were not compatible with recovering those systems back to Windows 8. Since the install files were not available, some folks saw substantial problems getting their system operational after some type of Recovery event took place.

    My best advice to you would be to find out if the Windows 10 install files will be available to you in case problems arise. Then wait about two weeks after the OS is released and come back to the forum to see what type of problems folks are seeing.

    We may get some clarification tomorrow as to how the Windows 10 rollout will happen. But it will be an evolving process and may change in the months building to the final release.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast


Similar Threads
Thread Forum
Clean install question.
It's been stated that after upgrading to Windows 10 from 7 or 8 you will be able to do a clean install of Windows 10. Does anyone know yet how this will happen? Will Microsoft provide a link to download the .iso or will it be a case of converting...
Installation and Setup
How to clean install
Hello Ladies and Gents, I just had a question. As a Windows 10 Insider, when we receive the free upgrade to the RTM, how then do I do a clean install? I thought we'd need to burn the iso to a DVD to do that. Thank you.
Installation and Setup
Clean install
Hi All the info I have found on a clean install has been about the Insider Preview, when the official upgrade is available at the end of July, will I be able to do a clean install? Thanks Daniel
Installation and Setup
Clean install now?
My system (W7 64) is badly in need of a clean install but I was waiting until next month to do it with W10. However, it is quickly becoming unusable so I am wondering about doing it immediately - with the preview (I already use preview W10 on my...
Installation and Setup
Clean install of win 10 ?
Hi guys;i could never do a Clean a install of win10 preview on my PC's from a DVD ISO, i get stuck here, see pic; although i can upgrade from win 7 to win 10. the DVD ISO i made was from MS. Image codes: DSC02178
Installation and Setup
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:25.
Find Us
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 10 Forums