Clean Install of Windows 10

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  1. Posts : 170
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    Clean Install of Windows 10


    Hello folks, yesterday I did the free upgrade to Windows 10 pro from Windows 8.1pro and I would now like to do a 'clean install'.

    When I did the upgrade, I thought that I was going to get the opportunity to save Windows 10 to a USB Memory Stick but that option didn't arise.

    Do I now have to go through another download in order to achieve this please? I prefer to have the O/S on some sort of medium so that I can do a clean install whenever I want.

    Thank you for any help that may be offered.
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  2. BunnyJ's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64
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    You can use the media creation tool to get the ISO:
    Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Forums
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  3. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    If you still have the install.esd file on your hard drive (I think it is in a hidden folder Windows_~BT or something like that, in sources folder), you can use the ESD to ISO tool from this forum to make an ISO from what you have already downloaded - if it is still there.
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  4. DustSailor's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home and Pro
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    I enjoyed following this tutorial exactly; easy and quick: Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums
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  5. Posts : 170
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    Thank you folks. I have now downloaded the software onto a USB stick. All I have to do now is hope that it works!

    Not being that brill with computers, out of interest what is the difference in getting the software by way of the Media Creation Tool and downloading an ISO File? (What is an ISO File?)
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  6. DustSailor's Avatar
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    The same thing. The USB uses the ISO provided by the media creation too (ISO is an image file of the OS you're installing), or you can mount the ISO to a DVD. I prefer the USB method, don't like wasting DVDs.
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  7. Posts : 170
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    DustSailor said:
    The same thing. The USB uses the ISO provided by the media creation too (ISO is an image file of the OS you're installing), or you can mount the ISO to a DVD. I prefer the USB method, don't like wasting DVDs.
    Thank you Dusty.
    One other question please folks, if I do a clean install of Windows 10, will it look any different to what I have at the moment? I did an upgrade from 8.1 and to me my setup looks no different, obviously when you start to explore you do find changes but at the moment there doesn't seem to be many of them.
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  8. DustSailor's Avatar
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    Nothing other than perhaps a bit of extra stability. Don't forget to install windows updates and the computer drivers when finished.
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  9. Posts : 170
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    DustSailor said:
    Nothing other than perhaps a bit of extra stability. Don't forget to install windows updates and the computer drivers when finished.
    Thank you again Dusty. By computer drivers, do you mean those for the printer?
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  10. DustSailor's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home and Pro
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    You can, yes, but I was referring to the computer drivers at your computer manufacturers website for Windows 10. Things like inf, vga, etc that will further provide stability instead of just using Microsoft update and hoping it gets you the right ones.
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