Windows 10 clean install on new PC?

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    Windows 10 Pro

    Windows 10 clean install on new PC?

    I just got a brand new lenovo laptop with Windows 10 Pro, pre-installed at delivery. This is the first time I have considered a clean install to remove any unwanted bloatware or software. But after some research I can't tell if it is necessary? I have no data on this machine yet so I am willing to try.

    So far, I have created a USB recovery drive, system image backup, and system repair disk before doing anything else. Then I ran bloatware removal software and found nothing critical on my new laptop, except for some software which I can easily uninstall myself. So my questions are:

    1) Since there is not much unwanted software, should I even bother with a clean install?

    2) If I make a mistake, will I be able to restore the computer to its current state by recovering the system image I just created?

    3) Will a clean install remove all the software which I might like to keep (such as Lenovo power management)? Will I have the option to reinstall whichever Lenovo software I want? I think it might be tedious to re-install drivers for the built-in smart card reader, fingerprint reader, etc.

    4) Is a clean install as simple as a "reset" of Windows 10? Or will this just restore it to the state as it was when I took it out of the box?

    Thanks for any advice, as this is the first time I have ever considered re-installing the operating system on a new computer.
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    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64

    Short answer. Yes, I would do a fresh install as I did in the past with every Laptop I had.
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    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    topgundcp said:
    Short answer. Yes, I would do a fresh install as I did in the past with every Laptop I had.
    Thanks for the advice. I will do the fresh install. Is that as simple as selecting the Windows 10 reset?
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    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations

    Hello mstanley, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    If you like, the tutorial below can help walk you through doing a clean install.
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    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64

    In addition. Before fresh install of Windows:
    1. Download a portable version (No installation required) : Driver 4.1 Backup Download to back up all the drivers that are currently installed and save to a USB/External HD/Internal HD so that you can restore all the drivers after the fresh install in one sweep.
    2. Make sure you backup the whole disk using either: Macrium Reflect Free or AOMEI Backupper. Just in case things go wrong, something to fall back
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