Windows 10: If I format & install fresh and it does not work - what then?

  1.    05 May 2018 #1

    If I format & install fresh and it does not work - what then?


    Ok, I have an answer here in the forum that I can format and install brand new with 1803. My new question is, if I do that and it doesn't work then there is no way to go back to a former install. How can a person pull out of that?

    I could not get past 1703 for days on end, so I want to format and install 1803. But I did not keep any install media older that that. This is an older laptop and I have a brand new desktop so I only keep the current version on a usb stick.

    Oh, this laptop is a friends and old enough that it does not even have a boot choice in the bios for a usb. It says something like FDD which is one choice I've never even bothered to investigate. <g>

    Thanks - I will call her first to get her permission because it may be useless in the end without a way to go back
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       05 May 2018 #2

    LadyDee said: View Post
    ... I can format and install brand new with 1803. ... if I do that and it doesn't work then there is no way to go back to a former install. How can a person pull out of that?
    By first making a backup image of the current system onto an external drive and making the boot media you'd need to restore it. Apart from anything else, this should be a routine precaution so that you can restore your PC should the hard drive fail on you. Replace the drive, restore the image and you can carry on as if nothing had happened.

    Most here recommend Macrium Reflect (free) for that purpose.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect Windows 10 Tutorials

    Oh, this laptop is a friends and old enough that it does not even have a boot choice in the bios for a usb.
    Some bios only offer the choice of usb as a boot device if a bootable usb is currently plugged in. If it indeed does not support booting from usb (there are a few older systems that don't) it should still have the option to boot from a CD/DVD optical drive. Again, you may need a bootable disk in the optical drive for the option to appear.
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  3.    05 May 2018 #3

    "FDD which is one choice I've never even bothered to investigate"

    FDD = floppy disk !
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       05 May 2018 #4

    There are at least 4 different methods that can be used to perform a clean install.
    One is not a clean install but is considered equivalent.

    If there are no significant problems with the underlying drive one or more of these methods should enable you to perform a clean install.

    1) Use a bootable Windows 10 iso
    2) Install directly from the Microsoft website without creating a USB
    3) Use a DVD instead of a USB
    4) Open the computer's Windows advanced troubleshooting menu > click reset and remove files

    Download Windows 10
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  5.    05 May 2018 #5

    Wow, so FDD means floppy disk. How strange is that because that Laptop does not even have a floppy slot. Well thank you for the insert USB being plugged in. I certainly will check that out.

    I actually did the original install on that laptop and in the pocket of the case, I did put the windows repair disk and also the Original install disk going from windows 7 to the free windows10 install. But if I must use that it will take it back to the beginning. But in any case it is a recovery if 1803 does not work.

    I did see a day or two ago when I clicked on the update to begin and it checked things out the version 1803 did say the computer hardware was ok to install.

    I will see if I can do a fresh backup before I begin. First I'll have to run out and get some DVD's because I'm all about USB now.

    Thanks to all here!! Great help for sure


    Bree said: View Post
    Some bios only offer the choice of usb as a boot device if a bootable usb is currently plugged in. If it indeed does not support booting from usb (there are a few older systems that don't) it should still have the option to boot from a CD/DVD optical drive. Again, you may need a bootable disk in the optical drive for the option to appear.
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  6.    07 May 2018 #6

    LadyDee said: View Post
    Ok, I have an answer here in the forum that I can format and install brand new with 1803. My new question is, if I do that and it doesn't work then there is no way to go back to a former install. How can a person pull out of that?

    I could not get past 1703 for days on end, so I want to format and install 1803. But I did not keep any install media older that that. This is an older laptop and I have a brand new desktop so I only keep the current version on a usb stick.

    Oh, this laptop is a friends and old enough that it does not even have a boot choice in the bios for a usb. It says something like FDD which is one choice I've never even bothered to investigate. <g>

    Thanks - I will call her first to get her permission because it may be useless in the end without a way to go back
    I haven't seen your previous post(s) but just to make sure...when you say you can't get past 1703, is that only from Windows Update...or did you try a manual install of 1709 and/or 1803? If Windows Update doesn't work, you can you can use the Microsoft Update Assistant Tool...look it up and it should take you to a link to update beyond 1703. Likewise, there is a Windows Update troubleshooter you can download (not the troubleshooting function in Windows) that might help.
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