Windows 10: to fresh install

  1.    15 May 2017 #1

    to fresh install

    Hi everybody, hope everyone is OK. Today I have a question about transferring my ms account to a new HP laptop. The current laptop, also an HP came with windows 8 oem. Then I got the free upgade to windows 8.1. Finally I opted in for the free upgrade to windows 10. At this time I have a flash drive with windows 10 creators update. Will I be able to use the flash drive to fresh install on the new laptop. Prior to doing so I will use gparted from a flash drive to delete windows partition on the old laptop.

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  2.    15 May 2017 #2

    Is the new laptop coming with Windows pre-installed or no OS?
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  3.    15 May 2017 #3

    Windows 10 Home 64 bit.

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  4.    15 May 2017 #4

    Hewjr100 said: View Post
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit.

    Then why bother removing the Windows from the old laptop, and clean installing the new computer when it will come with it's own Windows 10?
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  5.    16 May 2017 #5

    I prefer my version over pen crappware.

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  6.    16 May 2017 #6

    Then I suggest this:
    Start fresh with a clean installation of Windows 10

    The reason is the manufacturer may have provided specific hardware device drivers that might not be available from Microsoft. At a minimum, if you are set on wiping the new computer hard drive/SSD and starting over with your own installation, then I recommend exporting the device drivers before you erase them using the dism command:

    dism /online /export-driver /destination:E:\Drivers

    The path in red would be to a folder that you create on an external storage device to hold the device drivers. That way if you end up with unknown devices or exclamation points in device manager after a clean install, you can reinstall the device driver for it from the exported drivers.

    If it were I, I would get a 16 GB flash drive (8 GB might be large enough, but 16 would be for sure), make a brand new Windows 10 installation drive on it using a freshly downloaded Media Creation Tool:
    Download Windows 10

    Then add a folder to it and export the drivers from the new computer to it. Then just use the fresh start tool from Microsoft to remove the crapware from the Windows it came with. That leaves you a computer with the proper device drivers already installed, no manufacturer crapware, and a flash drive that you can restore it from in case of major failure.
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  7.    16 May 2017 #7

    Yes Iam familiar with the process. My current HP laptop had proprietary drivers also. Downloaded the one for ethernet adapter so I would have internet access, then did a fresh install and downloaded all the rest as needed.

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