Windows 10: Windows 10 Clean Install / Delete one-touch recovery system / Drivers

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  1.    16 Sep 2015 #11

    OK, now I understand. This is what I would do.

    MAKE A BACKUP OF ALL YOUR ESSENTIAL DATA - then:

    Just leave everything like it is and do the in place upgrade to Windows 10. Run setup.exe from your Windows 10 install media from within your existing Windows 8.1. Once you have a successful upgrade to Windows 10 and it is permanently activated then move on.

    Next you will want to make a bootable USB, CD or DVD of MiniTool Partition Wizard. Or looks like you can use Paragon if that is what you have now. Before the next step it is critical to make sure that you can boot from your Windows 10 Install USB or DVD - boot from that, select your language, keyboard, click install now button in the center, then click Custom Install. You should see a list of your partitions. Stop and cancel, you know the Windows 10 install media will work.

    Now boot into your partition manager program - whether it be Paragon or Partition Wizard. What I would do is delete every partition except for the two data partitions that I want left. Then move those partitions to the end of the disk. You can resize them then if you want. Once you are left with nothing but the two data partitions at the end of the disk, properly exit out of the partition program making sure it has completed all of the operations.

    Now, boot from Windows 10 install. Do like you did before, select language, keyboard, click install now button in center of the screen, click on custom install. Now just point it to the big unallocated space at the beginning of the hard drive and let it install itself there, creating whatever partitions it wants to in the process. That should be it.
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  2.    17 Sep 2015 #12

    Thanks for the above which provides exactly what I have been looking for.
    I would like to come back again when hopefully W10 is installed and running as I want it to let everybody know my success thanks to your help. I am not sure if I can do that if I Mark as Solved so I have left it open at present. I just need to make a day available to go through the whole process. Perhaps I should take up tiddly-winks, much less mentally draining
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  3.    17 Sep 2015 #13

    Polterry said: View Post
    Thanks for the above which provides exactly what I have been looking for.
    I would like to come back again when hopefully W10 is installed and running as I want it to let everybody know my success thanks to your help. I am not sure if I can do that if I Mark as Solved so I have left it open at present. I just need to make a day available to go through the whole process. Perhaps I should take up tiddly-winks, much less mentally draining
    As a follow-up to above I have been bookmarking articles about W10 for some time ready for my installation. I just started looking through some and saw this one from CNET
    How to do a clean install of Windows 10 - CNET
    This describes how to do a clean install from W7/8 without upgrading to W10 first.
    This is in contradiction to statements from members who say you must upgrade first.

    Who is right????
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  4.    17 Sep 2015 #14

    Polterry said: View Post
    As a follow-up to above I have been bookmarking articles about W10 for some time ready for my installation. I just started looking through some and saw this one from CNET
    How to do a clean install of Windows 10 - CNET
    This describes how to do a clean install from W7/8 without upgrading to W10 first.
    This is in contradiction to statements from members who say you must upgrade first.

    Who is right????
    CNET is right - but did you read the last paragraph of the article that you linked to? Might want to read it all the way through because the last paragraph states, correctly:
    Also note that installing Windows 10 fresh on a computer by booting from the installation media will require you to buy a new Windows 10 license. If you already have a Windows 7 or 8 license and want to take advantage of the free upgrade offer, it's a better idea to install your licensed version of Windows on the new computer first and then do an upgrade as shown above.
    Do you want to buy a Windows 10 license? Upgrade first to get your activation, then you can clean install and it will use the previous activation to activate again.
    Last edited by NavyLCDR; 17 Sep 2015 at 08:33.
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  5.    18 Sep 2015 #15

    Thanks for last reply and apologies for not reading note at end of CNET regarding licence fee. Alles ist klar - all is now clear
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