Clean install of Windows 10

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  1. Posts : 93
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       #1

    Clean install of Windows 10


    Yesterday, I successfully reinstalled Windows 10 Pro on my recently acquired refurbished HP 6475b laptop.
    The laptop had Windows 10 installed when it was refurbished but originally had Windows 7 installed.
    i kept the D:\ Recovery and E:\ HP Tools partitions but I’m wondering now whether I should have done a totally clean reinstallation and got rid of the HP drives as, presumably, they are no longer useful.

    Alternatively, as I have already done a reinstallation, should I just remove/delete these partitions?

    Advice please.
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  2. Posts : 35,480
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       #2

    This seems to be the same as this.
    Reinstall Windows 10Pro

    Have you considered my post?
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  3. Posts : 93
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    When I did the reinstall yesterday, I didn’t have to boot from a USB. I downloaded the MCT onto a blank thumb drive and ran setup from that. I just had to choose to save nothing and it reinstalled Windows 10.

    Are you advising that I should now create a bootable USB?

    Do I have to start over?

    im happy with the reinstallation but would like to get rid of D;\ & E:\ if they are no use now.

    Sorry if I’m not understanding
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  4. Posts : 35,480
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    This part of it:

    The HP recovery partition supports a factory reset- i.e. to 'as bought'. What O/S did the laptop come with? Might have been pre Win 10 or an early build of Win 10, and probably includes trialware.

    It would be hard to think of a use for it.
    https://support.hp.com/gb-en/document/c01512976

    HP tools


    If you need to download HP utilities or special drivers, have a look at HP's drivers download page for your laptop.
    Then decide if you want to keep it.
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  5. Posts : 1,468
    Windows 10 Pro
       #5

    janey6 said:
    When I did the reinstall yesterday, I didn’t have to boot from a USB. I downloaded the MCT onto a blank thumb drive and ran setup from that. I just had to choose to save nothing and it reinstalled Windows 10.

    Then that would not have been a clean install, just a repair/update (if later version). All the "imperfections" (if any) of the old system will be left in situ.

    Are you advising that I should now create a bootable USB?
    If you truly want to have a clean install, yes.

    Do I have to start over?

    im happy with the reinstallation but would like to get rid of D;\ & E:\ if they are no use now.

    Yes, recommend start over. Delete all partitions when prompted, start with an unallocated drive (let W10 do the partitioning)


    Disconnect the internet. No (re)connection until the system is installed and running (You will be asked 2x to connect - Windows thinks you lied the 1st time. Say no to both)


    Also avoid all the MS offers of bells and whistles (even if you've got an X-Box and a Microsoft phone and a Microsoft Surface and a Microsoft this and a Microsoft that). Just say no to all the add-ons during the initial installation. Makes for a smooth job. You can then add the extras when you know it's working.
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  6. Posts : 93
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    Thread Starter
       #6

    Thanks. I’ll try all that.
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  7. Posts : 35,480
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #7

    And for clarification- you can perform a clean install - which is started by booting from a Win 10 bootable disk, not after logging in- and keep other data partitions on the same drive should you wish.

    Note that the clean install (tutorial available) is to unallocated space and requires you to delete all existing partitions forming part of your Windows O/S (typically 4 for UEFI, possibly 5 if there's a redundant Recovery partition (under 1Gb) and fewer for MBR).
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  8. Posts : 93
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    Thread Starter
       #8

    I’ve created the bootable USB. I’ve opened the BIOS to change the order but cannot find the option to boot from USB
    When I’ve done this on other laptops, it has been straightforward.
    On this HP 6475b, the headings are File, Security and System Configuration.
    I cant find a boot order under any of these headings. 🤔
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  9. Posts : 35,480
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #9

    Clean install of Windows 10-1.png

    Som laptops present a boot choice menu if you press a certain key.

    Try researching instructions for your particular laptop.

    Link in the tutorial for clean installing Win 10:
    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC

    See:
    Clean Install Windows 10
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  10. Posts : 93
    Windows10
    Thread Starter
       #10

    I’ve been researching but nothing shows for this Laptop. It does not show anything like this BIOS even on the HP website.
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