Clean Install Question - Win10 upgraded from Win7

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  1. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Pro Ver. 1909
       #1

    Clean Install Question - Win10 upgraded from Win7


    I have a Windows 10 Pro installation that was a "free upgrade" from Windows 7 Ultimate.
    Clean Install Question - Win10 upgraded from Win7-winver.jpg

    Anyway, I'm looking at rebuilding my PC, completely new and fresh... replacing CPU, Motherboard, Ram, GPU, SSD's... everything...

    Probably the only things I'll be keeping are my Case, and my PSU.

    SO.

    I want to do a full clean install of my Windows 10, just wipe everything and start over with a fresh clean slate on a new SSD.

    Can I do this with the Media Creation Tool and a USB flash drive?

    I've read some of the info in the sticky above but frankly, some of it was a llittle overwhelming... well that and, I was basically up all night just now researching my various hardware options, so I've got a bit of information overload going on.

    I'm presuming, I can do what I want to do... just create a fresh clean install using a USB Flash drive?
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  2. Posts : 23,631
    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.4529 (x64) [22H2]
       #2

    Nyarlathotep said:
    I have a Windows 10 Pro installation that was a "free upgrade" from Windows 7 Ultimate.
    Clean Install Question - Win10 upgraded from Win7-winver.jpg

    Anyway, I'm looking at rebuilding my PC, completely new and fresh... replacing CPU, Motherboard, Ram, GPU, SSD's... everything...

    Probably the only things I'll be keeping are my Case, and my PSU.

    SO.

    I want to do a full clean install of my Windows 10, just wipe everything and start over with a fresh clean slate on a new SSD.

    Can I do this with the Media Creation Tool and a USB flash drive?

    I've read some of the info in the sticky above but frankly, some of it was a llittle overwhelming... well that and, I was basically up all night just now researching my various hardware options, so I've got a bit of information overload going on.

    I'm presuming, I can do what I want to do... just create a fresh clean install using a USB Flash drive?




    YES you can.
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  3. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Pro Ver. 1909
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Ghot said:
    YES you can.
    Cool, thanks for the quick reply.

    I am presuming, that from the Sticky at the top of this section...

    That this, is the current method I should be using, when I'm ready to do it?
    Clean Install Windows 10
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  4. Posts : 23,631
    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.4529 (x64) [22H2]
       #4

    Nyarlathotep said:
    Cool, thanks for the quick reply.

    I am presuming, that from the Sticky at the top of this section...

    That this, is the current method I should be using, when I'm ready to do it?
    Clean Install Windows 10



    Yeah. It looks a lot worse than it is...


    Short version...
    1. Make the USB installation media
    2. Unhook all other drives, except the one where you intend to install Windows.
    3. Unhook all internet.
    4. Install Windows, then motherboard drivers, then vid card driver.
    5. Hook up the internet, do any Windows updates.
    6. Use 3rd party backup software to make a full OS backup.

    Macrium Reflect and AOMEI Backupper - GUIDES | Windows 11 Forum


    7. Install your programs, do your tweaks. Make another full backup. That's pretty much it.
    Last edited by Ghot; 20 Apr 2023 at 10:35.
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  5. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Pro Ver. 1909
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Cool, thanks!
    Hoping to do something with this, within the next week.
    Still debating on the hardware options, but looking at maybe going with a new Ryzen 7 7700X for the CPU.
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  6. Posts : 18,034
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #6

    Hello @Nyarlathotep,

    You might also find this useful > Backup and Restore Device Drivers in Windows 10 in case you have problems with drivers. Obviously do this BEFORE the Clean Install if you are going to.

    I hope this helps.
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  7. Posts : 32,063
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #7

    Nyarlathotep said:
    I have a Windows 10 Pro installation that was a "free upgrade" from Windows 7 Ultimate.
    Anyway, I'm looking at rebuilding my PC, completely new and fresh... replacing CPU, Motherboard, Ram, GPU, SSD's... everything...
    ....I want to do a full clean install of my Windows 10, just wipe everything and start over with a fresh clean slate on a new SSD.
    Can I do this with the Media Creation Tool and a USB flash drive?
    Yes, as Ghot said above.


    One more point you'll need to be aware of is activation.

    Make sure your Digital License is linked to your Microsoft account before you start.

    Link Microsoft Account to Windows 10 Digital License

    If the clean install of Windows does not activate on your new hardware then you can use the Activation Troubleshooter to activate it. Use the Activation Troubleshooter's option for 'I have changed hardware recently'.

    Use Activation Troubleshooter in Windows 10
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  8. Posts : 18,443
    Windows 11 Pro
       #8

    Paul Black said:
    Hello @Nyarlathotep,

    You might also find this useful > Backup and Restore Device Drivers in Windows 10 in case you have problems with drivers. Obviously do this BEFORE the Clean Install if you are going to.

    I hope this helps.
    @Nyarlathotep is building a new computer. How are they going to back up drivers since the new computer will not have any Windows installed on it yet?
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  9. Posts : 18,034
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #9

    NavyLCDR said:
    @Nyarlathotep is building a new computer. How are they going to back up drivers since the new computer will not have any Windows installed on it yet?
    True. Me having a senior moment.
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  10. Posts : 6,543
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #10

    If your Windows 7 Ultimate was a retail license and you still have COA key code, you can use it to install Win 10 (or Win 11) and it will activate using a local account or a Microsoft account.

    Reset BIOS or load defaults.
    Set Disk mode to AHCI, not RAID
    Select OS mode = UEFI

    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.

    If you want to use a local account Win 11 there is a little trick
    What is "oobe\bypassnro" | Windows 11 Forum
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