Clean install W10 Home version 1909 64 bit, build 18363.535.


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    Windows 10. Version 1903. OS Build 18362.239
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    Clean install W10 Home version 1909 64 bit, build 18363.535.


    I recently did a clean install of W10 on an old ASUS X54H laptop which previously had W7 installed. This was partly to overcome a Windows Explorer issue and partly to update the laptop. During the install I was concerned that I had to set up an account and that I had to provide a password each time the machine booted. Whilst I appreciate the latter annoyance can be got ‘round using netplwiz I’ve not found it to be 100% reliable.

    Reading some of the postings here on Tenforums I realised that others had similar concerns so making a mental note of some of these suggestions I decided to perform another clean install. During the install it became obvious that some of these did not apply, presumably because different versions of W10 behave differently during the install. The following will show just how easy it all went with my version of W10 (W10 Home version 1909 64 bit, build 18363.535).

    The first thing I did was to disconnect my router’s WiFi, I still had ethernet access to the ‘net for my main Dell machine but the laptop was now disconnected from the outside world. I had previously downloaded a copy of W10 onto an usb pen. During the install I got the language/country /keyboard options and a few others which I declined then a couple of options at the bottom left of the screen “I don’t have Internet” and “Connect with limited set-up” appeared and which I selected. I was not asked to provide or set up any sort of account – no email addresses, no PIN numbers, no telephone numbers - there was no ‘Limited Experience’ option - nothing. The install finished and W10 was operative. The one thing I immediately realised was that my screen resolution was wrong and on checking I realised it was 1024 x 768. In Device Manager I could see the Display Adaptor driver was an old Microsoft one. I re-enabled WiFi and set the laptop to automatically look for a newer version of the Display Adaptor driver and it found a newer Intel driver and installed it. The resolution was now 1366 x 768. I subsequently downloaded all the ASUS drivers onto another usb pen although the laptop appears to work quite happily without installing any of them… I then got a message “Let’s Finish Setting Up”. My heart sank! There was only the one option provided – select OK. I ‘think’ it was here that I was asked for the user’s name after which it was all done. I could presumably have left it blank but there was no reason to. I then downloaded and installed the latest MS updates but as my usb copy of W10 was only a few days old there were only a handful.

    So there you are. I think that the secret – well for me at least was ensuring that there was NO internet access during the install. It all went SO smoothly I really can’t believe it… The old ASUS is working well, booting up in under 20 seconds and I’ve just treated it to a new battery which appears to provide power for ~6 hours of YouTube viewing so a worthwhile and painless exercise! Incidentally I was never asked for the W10 Product Key during install but the laptop tells me 'Windows is activated with a digital licence'. Now to see if I can update that old Vista machine in the cupboard to W10!

    Thanks to Tenforums for the ideas and inspiration – as usual!
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    Nice read. Glad you had such a smooth and clean process. Yes, keeping the 'Net out of the picture during the process can avoid a lot of wrinkles.

    Best of luck with the Vista Project. Let us know how it went. Based on how you controlled this one, you'll have few, if any, problems.

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    taid said:
    So there you are. I think that the secret – well for me at least was ensuring that there was NO internet access during the install. It all went SO smoothly I really can’t believe it…
    Glad the set up went well for you ! I can't remember where the change came about to create only a Microsoft account, But I had the same issues on three home computers, and resolved the issue just as you stated. I only wanted a local account.

    Confirmed: Windows 10 Setup Now Prevents Local Account Creation
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  4. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 1909
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    Don't forget to make an Image of your install once you have your programs added. Easier to restore than clean install again should something go horribly wrong down the road.

    Depending on the age of your Asus laptop the key could have been embedded in BIOS. Some machines came with Win 8 and people downgraded to Win 7.

    You should have a pretty good Vista experience, I have two old Vista laptops and one XP laptop running Windows 10. One of the Vista machines I use as an Insider device.

    You will need a key if you want to activate.
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  5. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1909) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    taid said:
    Now to see if I can update that old Vista machine in the cupboard to W10!
    As Ken says, you'll need a W10 key to activate W10 on that Vista machine.


    Do you have installed software on it that you want to keep? If so, you need to be aware that you cannot upgrade Vista to 10 and retain any installed software. You can however upgrade Vista to W7, then upgrade W7 to W10.

    In fact I had a dead XP machine, the only remaining working part being the HDD. It had MS Office 2003 installed that I wished to keep. I took an image of the drive and restored it to a virtual machine. Then I upgraded that it in turn first to Vista, then W7 and finally to W10. Office survived intact and working.
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    Windows 10. Version 1903. OS Build 18362.239
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    Hi guys, thanks for your comments...

    I switched on the old HP GP60 VISTA laptop - my next W10 update project - a couple of days ago and realised there was a problem connecting to the net, however updating the WiFi driver appears to have cured that. I left it on and when I came back a while later I was surprised to see it had download over a hundred updates ! I was under the impression these stopped years ago?

    I've found a W7 disc in the cupboard complete with the 'magic numbers' so I'll try and install that in the next few days and see what happens. The W7 disc is an unknown quantity, the product key apparently is a COEM GGK which means precious little to me... If it won't install I may have to try and 'source' a W7 key elsewhere - realistically for precious little as I only need it to use as a stepping stone to get to W10...

    There's nothing I need to save on the laptop so I'll do a clean install and if it goes well I'll update to W10 which I already have on an usb pen. If it all looks promising I'll treat the laptop to an SSD at the same time!

    Thanks again for you words of encouragement.
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  7. Bree's Avatar
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    taid said:
    I switched on the old HP GP60 VISTA laptop ... I left it on and when I came back a while later I was surprised to see it had download over a hundred updates ! I was under the impression these stopped years ago?
    Yes, after April 11, 2017 there were no new updates issued for Vista. But all updates up until then are still available on the update servers. Sounds like your Vista laptop was last used some time before end of support and was catching up on its missing updates.
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    Windows 10. Version 1903. OS Build 18362.239
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    >>> Yes, after April 11, 2017 there were no new updates issued for Vista. But all updates up until then are still available on the update servers. Sounds like your Vista laptop was last used some time before end of support and was catching up on its missing updates. <<<

    Ah that makes sense, thanks Bree...
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  9. SIW2's Avatar
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    trying to install win10
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    People have been installing the server 2008 updates on vista since 2017, which now displays 6003 build
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