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  1. Posts : 211
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       #41

    NavyLCDR said:
    What operating system did you burn the DVD with originally? Windows 7, 8(.1), or 10?
    It was a Win7 computer, but it was upgraded to Win10. Then it was after that when I downloaded the Win10 ISO file to keep as a backup on a disk to use later. I downloaded it from Microsoft's site, saved it to the hard drive, and then copied it over to the DVD.
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       #42

    You'll have to look at the DVD and see if it has just the ISO file on it, or the whole Windows 10 installation folder structure.
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       #43

    NavyLCDR said:
    You'll have to look at the DVD and see if it has just the ISO file on it, or the whole Windows 10 installation folder structure.
    It only has the ISO file. Is that enough to do a clean install in the future if needed?
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       #44

    Delly10 said:
    It only has the ISO file. Is that enough to do a clean install in the future if needed?
    Nope.
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  5. Posts : 211
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       #45

    NavyLCDR said:
    Nope.
    Well, that's what ended up on my computer when I downloaded Windows 10. What would I have to do to make it work if I wanted to do a clean install in the future? Also, is there a way to download Windows 10 any differently than I did in order to make it download in a way that I could use it to make a clean install?
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    Delly10 said:
    Well, that's what ended up on my computer when I downloaded Windows 10. What would I have to do to make it work if I wanted to do a clean install in the future? Also, is there a way to download Windows 10 any differently than I did in order to make it download in a way that I could use it to make a clean install?
    Posts #14 and #33 gave you USB flash drive solutions. Post #38 gave you the DVD solution.
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  7. Posts : 211
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       #47

    Regarding the DVD solution, I was asking how transferring the ISO file from the DVD back to the computer and then back onto another DVD would make a difference. Nobody answered that question.
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       #48

    Just copy it from the DVD to a location on your hard drive. Your download folder is as good as any.

    From post#38:
    Copy the ISO file to your hard drive. Put a blank DVD-R in the DVD drive. Right click on the ISO file you saved to your hard drive and select Burn Disc Image.
    The key is you must select Burn Disc Image. Don't pick Send to then your DVD drive.
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  9. Posts : 211
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       #49

    Ztruker said:
    Just copy it from the DVD to a location on your hard drive. Your download folder is as good as any.

    From post#38:

    The key is you must select Burn Disc Image. Don't pick Send to then your DVD drive.
    I understand how to do it, but I would just like to understand how transferring the ISO file from the DVD back to the computer and then from the computer back to a DVD will change what the file is and make it work any differently. Could you please explain what would be different about the ISO file? Thank you.
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       #50

    You don't put the iso file on the DVD. The iso file is a compressed file that contains multiple files and folders. When it's burned to DVD with a program that understand this, you end up with the file/folder structure NavyLCDR shows in post #36. You don't see just the iso file.

    Does that make sense?
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