Sorry I didn-t mention it was unallocated.
W10 has now been installed, I think it is a clean install.
See a photo of my partitions.
Is this good ?
I am so happy I could how about you ?
All looks good you wont see the 4th MSR partition in Disk Management but you will when you install MR and MiniTool Partition Wizard 9 (Free)
Do a Windows Key +R and type winver <enter> you will get a DBX showing you the Win10 version
Next get MR installed and backup the whole SSD to your external Drive......
Then got to Start>Settings>Update>check now and see if you are indeed fully upto date
Yes I am very happy it's sorted, and I really appreciate your support, thanks to you I have a clean version of W10.
so now the plan is to install Macrium Reflect and back up W10, I'll check it out and I'll probably ask for your help to make sure I get it right, as I am not familiar with MR.
i will post tomorrow the current W10 version.
should I install Windows updates, drivers, and my usual programs ( antivirus, ccleaner, malwarebytes...etc) then back up the image or should I do it with how W10 is now? Then maybe set up scheduled back ups.
some drivers are a pain to install automatically and I have to install them manually, like sound drivers.
I would install MR and do a backup and then do ALL the other Stuff and then do another MR Backup , so if needed you can fallback to the latest image if somehow things get screwed up again .
Turn on System Restore , AND Create one, so you have restore points too , some versions of Win10 disable it by default, you can create a Restore point before you install any piece of Hardware or Software , so you can revert it if needed too.
System Restore Point - Create in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
I understand, I will do that.
out of curiosity, what is the difference between installing W10 again as I did today from the MCT tool USB, and recovering with MR from a back up image of how W10 is now ? Since they will both install W10 to this current state, am I correct ?
OP ,In your case you can just clean it with diskpart then exit and let a windows media custom install format and partition it for you like topgundcp said and put your data and whatever back on it
OP ...here are my drive images note the 1 GB UEFI GPT /NTFS metal HDD is a new HP OEM configuration with the AU rolled into it and otherwise unaltered ,the small new volume is ofc the SSD I'm using now with 14915 with the UEFI GPT /NTFS volume with the two hidden GPT recovery partitions presumably at each end and where the HDD boots as Vol 3 and the SSD as vol. 7 and presumably the two new vol (c: ) identical GPT recovery partitions are vol 5 & 6 .
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