Windows 10: Windows 10 re-install (clean install to fix errors)?
I needed direction on performing a clean install after replacing my motherboard. NavyLCDR helped do that, see the quote below from my post Replacing Motherboard Questions If your laptop is not UEFI capable ignore the Step 9 instructions for creating a UEFI compatible USB in the link "Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive"
After I was done I had to chat into Microsoft to activate W10, I still had my Win7 retail product key and should have put that in when asked for a product key. My existing W10 install (1511) was activated with a "digital entitlement" but that didn't follow with my MSA. Make sure you have your product key from the Win7 you upgraded from in case you need it.
The built-in Windows reset and refresh functions have proven to be extremely unreliable. If a person is going to do a reset anyway and not keep any settings for data files, clean install from USB flash drive or DVD is much better than taking your chances with the built-in reset function.
Fixer: Fair Enough, but it will retain the same admin, and I want to change that as well, I tried User Accounts and it didn't work to remove the old Admin?
Where have you got that from? NOTHING carries over, including the Admin account. As this isn't something you do every day, and in order to be be certain, I've just reset a system here and had to configure Windows entirely from scratch. Perhaps the Admin carries over if you choose to retain your files, I don't know. Anyway everything worked as it should so I cannot agree with NavyLCDR about reset being unreliable as it has worked every time for me.
In that case I will give it a try! Where exactly would I find it on W10 please? Never mind found it! Will let you know how it turns out?
Last edited by Willabong; 27 Nov 2016 at 13:15.
Good, let us know, and remember to back up anything you want to retain first.
All went well! The only drawback is the time it took to install W10 and all the updates including Threshold 2. It was a bit of a nightmare but it is now done.
So thanks to Fixer and everyone else who helped!
Good news, and a good time to grab a disk image.
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