Windows 10: Fresh installation of Windows 10

  1.    23 Feb 2018 #1

    Fresh installation of Windows 10

    I have an Acer R7 laptop with Windows 10 installed. Originally the computer had Win 8 on it and Windows 10 installed on the computer without my consent. Ever since then, it's been just a little "off". For example, I can not shut it down with the Start button. It will only go into sleep mode. IF I hold the off/on button down, it will do a hard shutdown.

    The Win 10 was a free upgrade. I'm thinking I might want to do a fresh install, but wondering about the ability to reload since I didn't pay for Win 10. I've seen a few posts about how to reinstall Win 10, but am a bit leery of ending up with a "brick".

    Anyone know if this configuration of laptop can be reinstalled with a fresh copy of Win 10. I understand that I will first have to back up all my important files.
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  2.    23 Feb 2018 #2

    Its all very simple and safe down the latest iso burn to dvdor usb set that to be first boot during install delete all the paritions install if it asks for a serial number skip it as its registerd at MS so will activate Download Windows 10

    If you want to be super safe you can create a iamgebackup with any free imaging software so you can role back if needed given win10 is running on the pc you should have no problem
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  3. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1809) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       23 Feb 2018 #3

    The free upgrade gave you a digital licence linked to the unique hardware ID of the PC and stored on Microsoft's activation servers.

    You can do a clean install of the same edition (Home or Pro), skip entering a product key (click 'I don't have one' if asked) and it will activate automatically as soon as it can contact the activation servers.

    As this PC came with Windows 8 you probably won't be asked to choose Home or Pro or enter a key. Setup should find the Win8 key embedded in the firmware and use that to determine the correct edition.
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  4. AddRAM's Avatar
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    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       24 Feb 2018 #4

    Clean Install Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials

    And as already mentioned, make a complete Disk Image of your operating system drive (the entire drive) with Macrium Reflect create the image any way you can.

    Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free

    If you want post a shot of Disk Management showing everything.

    That way we can see what`s what and advise you further.

    Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of Windows 10 Tutorials
    Last edited by AddRAM; 24 Feb 2018 at 11:49.
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  5.    24 Feb 2018 #5

    Thanks to all for the info. I'm going to give it a shot...
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  6. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       24 Feb 2018 #6

    For the "I can not shut it down with the Start button. It will only go into sleep mode" there should be a setting in the power configurations about the action of what the button does.
    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Power Options\System Settings
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