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  1.    13 Sep 2015 #1
    Join Date : Jun 2015
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    Windows 8.1

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


    I have a PB (Asus) EasyNote ENTF71BM with Celeron quad core N2930 processor, Intel HD Graphics, 4GB DDR3 L memory. I am British but living in Poland with very limited command of Polish language. I bought the PB in Poland with W8 pre-installed in Polish and everything appeared to work fine in Polish. I and none of my contacts were up-to-date regarding language options and the end result was that after much trouble I eventually installed W8.1 in English after downloading from Microsoft and burning installation disk. I have experienced several problems centred around drivers but have reached a stage where basically machine is fine and when something happens I know how to fix it or it does not appear to have any everyday effect. The main exception is that I cannot get the touchpad to work. I know it is a driver problem as the touchpad works fine when using Linux. The drivers are a custom installation by Asus and the Intel Driver update site will not work.
    I now want to do a clean installation of W10 which I hope will eliminate the aggravations I have. I have done the preparation work i.e. backups, installation disks, identified sites for driver downloads but before going ahead I would like advise / help on the following.

    1. The computer came with a one-touch recovery system that I have never used as it will take me back to Polish. I would like to eliminate this system and use the disk space for general storage. I have Paragon Hard Disk Manager and attached are screen shots of the partitions on my hard drive.
      1. Which of the partitions can I delete and should I do this before or after W10 installation
      2. I will keep C for W10 and E+F for my data.

    2. Following installation / initial set-up can I go to the Intel Driver update site for driver updates and ignore PB / Asus.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails PB Partitions 1.jpg   PB Partitions 2.jpg  
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  2.    13 Sep 2015 #2
    Join Date : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 5,369
    Windows 10 Pro X64 16299.19

    To qualify for the free Windows 10 you must do an upgrade and activate first. Once you have done that and verified it activated you can then do a Clean Install. Nothing you can do to circumvent this process, it's just the way it is. Here are some good links for you to follow:

    Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation
    Windows 10 - Clean Install

    Read this one so you will understand the first part of both of the two above:

    Windows 10 ISO Download
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  3.    13 Sep 2015 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    To qualify for the free Windows 10 you must do an upgrade and activate first. Once you have done that and verified it activated you can then do a Clean Install. Nothing you can do to circumvent this process, it's just the way it is.
    Well, actually there is a way to circumvent the upgrade process.

    Video card not supported, will not download Win10 - Windows 10 Forums

    However, I have not tried the method myself, so I cannot guarantee 100% that it works, and it is not my method originally, but it is posted in a few different articles on the internet and here on these forums.
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  4.    13 Sep 2015 #4
    Join Date : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 16299.19

    I tried it 3 or 4 times and have yet to make it work. I always get invalid key.
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  5.    13 Sep 2015 #5
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10

    You have to reboot at least once for this method to work before you put the genuine ticket in the correct folder. I have successfully done this 3 times on various systems and VMs.
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  6.    14 Sep 2015 #6
    Join Date : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 16299.19

    I'll give it another try as soon as I can.
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  7.    14 Sep 2015 #7
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    I'll give it another try as soon as I can.
    Yeah, but you would have to have a "Windows 10 virgin" computer to really try it. Maybe I'll have to go out and buy one just to find out :-)
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  8.    15 Sep 2015 #8
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 28
    Windows 8.1
    Thread Starter

    People thanks for responses. However the queries were not about the actual installation, I have prepared a disk for clean install, but about deletion of partitions and installation of Intel ? Asus drivers.

    If anybody can help with these matters help would be greatly appreciated
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  9.    15 Sep 2015 #9
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,551
    Windows 10 Pro

    First, you have to an upgrade from inside Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 in order for Windows 10 to activate. Once you have an activated Windows 10 on that computer then you can do a clean install. Skip when it asks to enter a product key. Never enter a Windows 10 product key unless you have purchased one.

    During the custom clean install you can delete all the partitions on the hard drive, wiping everything out, and install to the unallocated space left. Then as long as you have internet you can load drivers for hardware either from Asus or the maker of the hardware such as Intel or Realtek.
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  10.    16 Sep 2015 #10
    Join Date : Jun 2015
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    Windows 8.1
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for last. You say "During the custom clean install you can delete all the partitions on the hard drive". I don't want to do this. I want to retain my 2 data partitions E and F. I am concerned as there are various references to "Windows recovery" amongst the partitions, some as part of Windows and some PB one touch recovery. I would like to know which partitions, if any, I can delete before W10 clean install and similarly which after installation. Must I make choices during the W10 installation and if so what choices should I make? The perfect scenario for me would be to tick the partitions to retain during W10 install and for the rest to be deleted as part of the installation. Of course life, and Windows, is never that simple.
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