Reset vs Clean Install?

  1. Posts : 30
    Win 7 Ult x64

    Reset vs Clean Install?

    I just upgraded my notebook from 8.1. Win 10 is activated. I did the upgrade by creating an ISO using MCT, expanding the files to a USB hdd, then running Setup. I would now like to do a clean reinstall. Since I do not have bootable external media for the notebook, I'm wondering if the System Reset with the "Keep nothing" option would be equivalentto a "bare-metal" clean install?
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  2. Posts : 61,488
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations

    Hello kaborka,

    That's correct. A reset using "Keep nothing" basically gives you the same as a clean install of Windows. :)

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  3. Posts : 30
    Win 7 Ult x64
    Thread Starter

    Thanks. That seemed to work fine. It got rid of all the crapware preinstalled on the new notebook. There is still a windows.old folder, which I presume I can delete.
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  4. Posts : 61,488
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations

    Glad to hear it. Yep, you can delete the Windows.old folder if you like, but be sure to read the warning in the tutorial below first. :)
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