Need Help With Windows Upgrade please


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    Windows 10 Pro 240 build
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    Need Help With Windows Upgrade please


    I have Windows 10 Pro build 240 installed (and activated) currently, but I want to update to (at minimum) the November Update, currently my start menu is 'broken' because after upgrading from Win 7 I had 512+ shortcuts

    I have a single (500GB) Hard disk which has been partitioned to create C & D drives ... my User Data and Post (Win) Install software are on D drive

    If I do a clean install, will that wipe the entire Hard disk, or just the System (C) partition? I'm asking so I know what I need to backup .. (the whole drive, or just the C partition)

    Additionally, will a clean install fix my Win 10 Start Menu?
    Last edited by kstingel; 26 Jan 2016 at 11:42. Reason: fixed typo
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    Win 11 Pro 22000.708
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    kstingel said:
    I have Windows 10 Pro build 240 installed (and activated) currently, but I want to update to (at minimum) the November Update, currently my start menu is 'broken' because after upgrading from Win 7 I had 52+ shortcuts

    I have a single (500GB) Hard disk which has been partitioned to create C & D drives ... my User Data and Post (Win) Install software are on D drive

    If I do a clean install, will that wipe the entire Hard disk, or just the System (C) partition? I'm asking so I know what I need to backup .. (the whole drive, or just the C partition)

    Additionally, will a clean install fix my Win 10 Start Menu?
    You can delete all partitions, or just the OS one. I recommend imaging both partitions.

    I'm not familiar with your start menu problem. 10240 was supposed to have a 512 entry limit, which was increased to 2048 in the 1511 (aka 10586) build.
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  3. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Pro 240 build
    Thread Starter
       #3

    apologies, it was supposed to read "512+" not 52+

    have edited and fixed the typo
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  4. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Pro 240 build
    Thread Starter
       #4

    as an alternative, is it possible to (clean) install to an external drive from within my current Windows, then just swap out the drive and plug the newly installed Windows drive in?

    I have limited Sata ports, else I would just drop the larger (non-partitioned) drive into box and do a clean install to it
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    Windows10
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    kstingel said:
    as an alternative, is it possible to (clean) install to an external drive from within my current Windows, then just swap out the drive and plug the newly installed Windows drive in?

    I have limited Sata ports, else I would just drop the larger (non-partitioned) drive into box and do a clean install to it
    That will not work. Just creates usb installation stick using MS media creation tool, insert it and run setup.exe.

    The upgrade is pretty much a reinstall anyway, so hopefully it will work fine. You can boot from usb stick and clean install if you prefer, only overwriting C drive. Back up D partition first as crap happens.
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    Windows 10 Pro 240 build
    Thread Starter
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    Am I correct in assuming that a clean install would erase any folder junctions currently existing between C & D drives?
    (at present, C:/Users is actually D:/Users, but I would like to reset Windows to defaults and retain the data from D if I can so I can selectively recover the stuff I need)

    If I clean install, overwriting only C drive, and initializing/installing my needed Apps
    then use a (reputable) third Party program to backup the freshly installed C-drive
    and later obtain a larger SATA drive

    will restoring (in preference to cloning) the backed up fresh C-drive to the new
    SATA drive effectively give me back a Pristine Windows 10 Installation?
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