Windows 10: Laptop had Win 8 and upgraded to Win 10. Can I install a clean Win 10? Solved


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       14 Feb 2016 #1

    Laptop had Win 8 and upgraded to Win 10. Can I install a clean Win 10?


    As topic says, friends laptop had Win 8 and he updated to Win 10. Now I wonder if he can install a clean Win 10 through USB with his Win 8 serialkey.
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       14 Feb 2016 #2

    JerryW said: View Post
    As topic says, friends laptop had Win 8 and he updated to Win 10. Now I wonder if he can install a clean Win 10 through USB with his Win 8 serialkey.
    Yes. He can do a Clean Install.
    Make sure the USB has the same Win 10 version as the one that is on the computer now.
    He does NOT need the Win 8 product key.
    When he starts the clean install, he will be asked for a product key.
    Just select the SKIP option and continue.
    Activation after install will be automatic.
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    Windows 7x64 Ultimate
       14 Feb 2016 #3

    davidhk said: View Post
    Yes. He can do a Clean Install.
    Make sure the USB has the same Win 10 version as the one that is on the computer now.
    He does NOT need the Win 8 product key.
    When he starts the clean install, he will be asked for a product key.
    Just select the SKIP option and continue.
    Activation after install will be automatic.
    Thanks. Great.

    It doesn't matter if I use the Media Creation Tool or Rufus that this site recommends?
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       14 Feb 2016 #4

    JerryW said: View Post
    Thanks. Great.

    It doesn't matter if I use the Media Creation Tool or Rufus that this site recommends?
    Something to clarify.....................

    There are 2 sources for Windows 10 ISO download.

    1. MCT ( media creation tool )
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/soft...load/windows10

    2. Tech Bench
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/techbench

    *** I would use Tech Bench if you asked me to pick one *****

    As to Rufus, it is just one of several tools to burn the iso file to a bootable media.
    If you are used to it, then by all means continue using it.
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  5. Posts : 4
    Windows 7x64 Ultimate
       14 Feb 2016 #5

    Great. One last thing.
    Should the USB be NTFS or FAT32 ?
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  6. davidhk's Avatar
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       14 Feb 2016 #6

    jerryw said: View Post
    great. One last thing.
    Should the usb be ntfs or fat32 ?
    fat32, although in most cases it does not really matter. But, you can go wrong with fat32.
    For downloading an iso file, you don't have to format a flash drive.
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  7. Posts : 4
    Windows 7x64 Ultimate
       14 Feb 2016 #7

    Thanks a lot for everything. Best support I've ever gotten in a forum. I'll remember this place
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  8. davidhk's Avatar
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       14 Feb 2016 #8

    You are welcome.
    Good luck installing Win 10.
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