Overwhelmed- Need to do Clean Windows 10 install ?

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  1. Posts : 258
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #11

    The current plan is in process. Write down everything that I can remember I need. Used and created Drivers Backup, multiple thanks. Firefox tool no luck. I have been saving the Thunderbird directory in the appdata roaming, IIRC can't I just replace the new installs directory with the latest one I saved? Downloading Windows Creation Media to USB to boot and run from there, any caveats?? Have UEFI and don't know what UEFI-GPT means... Sorry again. I don't want to retain any partitions of any of the original HP stuff. IIRC the WMC tool will completely reformat the SSD, is my recollection, faulty. Getting closer to the attempt. Feeling more positive because of the forum's members help and advice. Inherently pessimistic though. I have a DIGITAL License is that a problem????/
    Thanks
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  2. Posts : 6,528
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #12

    glennc said:
    The current plan is in process. Right down everything that I can remember I need. Used and created Drivers Backup, multiple thanks. Firefox tool no luck. I have been saving the Thunderbird directory in the appdata roaming, IIRC can't I just replace the new installs directory with the latest one I saved? Downloading Windows Creation Media to USB to boot and run from there, any caveats?? Have UEFI and don't know what UEFI-GPT means... Sorry again. I don't want to retain any partitions of any of the original HP stuff. IIRC the WMC tool will completely reformat the SSD, is my recollection, faulty. Getting closer to the attempt. Feeling more positive because of the forum's members help and advice. Inherently pessimistic though. I have a DIGITAL License is that a problem????/
    Thanks
    Are you preparing to do a clean install or a repair install?
    On a Repair install you run setup from running windows. On a repair install all your data and software will remain the same.

    On a Clean Install you boot from a Win 10 USB installation drive, delete all partitions and proceed. Everything is deleted so you must backup your data on and external drive before you start.
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  3. Posts : 258
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #13

    I am planning on a clean install. Nothing but Windows 10 Pro. Downloaded Media Creation Tool today to a USB. Concerned about the digital license. In a tutorial there was mention of disabling the Secure Boot and the Fast Boot in the UEFI (BIOS?). Certainly unsure of this, is it necessary with a clean install. And the term UEFI-GPT was mentioned and this is on the list of things I don't understand. Appreciate your response.
    Currently I am using trial Macrium Reflect and have backed up with it. There is a discount for purchasing the software prior to expiration and I am concerned that with clean install, if I will loose the opportunity. I still have the installation and the user account info.
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  4. Posts : 6,528
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #14

    Reset BIOS or load defaults.
    Set Disk mode to AHCI, not RAID
    Select OS mode = UEFI or Select OS mode = other + UEFI (depends on BIOS).
    Disable fast boot and secure boot (you can turn it on after installation)

    Windows can be installed in two ways: Legacy-MBR or UEFI-GPT
    To install as Legacy-MBR you must boot the installation drive as Legacy
    To install as UEFI-GPT you must boot the installation drive as UEFI.

    As you have a UEFI BIOS, you should install as UEFI-GPT
    Detach any other drives (SATA or Power cable) from the MB.

    During POST, press F12(?) to launch the boot menu. You will see two options for the USB drive. USB UEFI (Name) and USB (Name). Select USB UEFI (Name) if you want to install as UEFI-GPT or select USB (name) if you want to install as Legacy-MBR.
    Go to install and delete ALL partitions on the main drive till you have one and only one unallocated space and then proceed.
    If you don't want to use MS account, don't enable updates or connect to the internet during installation.
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  5. Posts : 258
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #15

    Good. Another possibly inane question, I have an Optane Drive along with the SSD(installed). I have a separate USB Drive for data storage. Any obvious (to the knowledgeable) forseeable problems with this configuration?
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  6. Posts : 6,528
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #16

    glennc said:
    Good. Another possibly inane question, I have an Optane Drive along with the SSD(installed). I have a separate USB Drive for data storage. Any obvious (to the knowledgeable) foreseeable problems with this configuration?
    Optane is dead tech. I never installed Windows with an Optane drive. I know that @jumanji had many issues with the Optane.
    Detach the USB data storage during Windows installation.
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  7. Posts : 18,443
    Windows 11 Pro
       #17

    I've never changed BIOS settings to install Windows. I've never disconnected extra drives to install Windows. I've never had any problems installing Windows. I've also only used an installation USB flash drive created with Microsoft's Media Creation Tool or manually using an ISO downloaded from Microsoft. I've never messed things up with Rufus.
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  8. Posts : 256
    Win 10, Win 7 & KDE Neon
       #18

    I think you are overthinking it. I would do what was mentioned earlier, run a dual boot system for a bit to transition over your files.

    I re-install windows at least 2 to 3 times a year as systems can get bogged down. I only install the O/S and programs on the c: drive everything else goes on separate drives ( I have 8 at the moment ), this makes the reinstall process very easy and quick. The whole thing is done and dusted in less than an hour.

    I have never had to disconnect the drives....there was an issue I had back in the XP days with the installation with other drives connected, but, reinstalls have been absolutely fine over the years with drives connected, win7 and win10 have always reinstalled without any issues.
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  9. Posts : 6,528
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
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  10. Posts : 258
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #20

    Well I am back online and continuing the install. Thanks to all. Optane was originally setup IIRC as a cache or something. Currently it is an unassigned drive. On the list of things to think about! Using Macrium. Continuously backing up as I get more stuff figured out and configured to my liking. Have numerous questions which I will ask when I get to a settled point from getting rid of Teams Icon to Windows Defender telling me to let it decide what I can run or not. So far I didn't use any of the drivers that I backed up, I guess that is another question.
    Forgot or whatever I didn't stop the fast or secure boot in the UEFI before installing. Sure have a lot of disk space!!!!!
    thanks for the Optane drive info, officially on the list
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