Reinstalling Windows 10

  1. Posts : 7

    Reinstalling Windows 10

    Back when When MS was offering free upgrade to 10 I upgraded this PC from 8.1 to 10 and kept it for about three weeks. I then went back to 8.1 because it began to start having issues with a couple of my Apps.
    I would like to go back to Windows 10 because I'm thinking all the glitches may be out.
    Is there a simple way of going back to 10 or do I have to use a Disk or Flash Drive?
    Thank you!
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  2. swarfega's Avatar
    Posts : 5,277
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    Hi and welcome to the forums.

    I've been happy with Windows 10 since beta testing and although I've had a few issues with it, none were show stoppers.

    I would certainly recommend you try the latest version (Creator's Update) and see how you get on.

    If your software still has issues, I would consider installing Windows 8 in vmware (or similar), that way you have the best of both worlds.

    You could do an in place upgrade but to be sure of a problem free experience, my advice would be to do a clean install. Get the Media Creation Tool from here (second button) and create an ISO and then use Rufus to set up a bootable USB drive. Depending on your hardware, USB install is a lot quicker than optical media.
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  3. Posts : 1,500
    Windows 10 Home

    I then went back to 8.1 because it began to start having issues with a couple of my Apps.
    I would like to go back to Windows 10 because I'm thinking all the glitches may be out.
    Is there a simple way of going back to 10

    If there's a chance that you may not be happy with 10, the easiest way to test it, is to do an In Place Upgrade/Repair. This will give you the latest Windows 10, and you can elect to 'keep files' and opt out of 'check for updates' to speed up the install. Use below tutorial, Step 4 (after reading step 2) , downloading the ISO (from here - 'Download tool now') to your desktop and run setup.exe. Will take you little over an hour after starting and give you a chance to rollback within 10 days after testing. Good Luck.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade
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  4. Posts : 7
    Thread Starter

    Last month I did order Windows 10 software to upgrade my wife's desktop (W7). I did receive it, but it was in the form of a USB flash drive, when I was expecting a disk. Her PC is now running just fine with 10. Would it be okay for me to use the same flash drive for my desktop? If the answer is yes is there a simple way of using this flash drive to install? When I did hers I had to go to Youtube to get assistance. Thank you! I do plan on being a long time member her once I get W10 installed.
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  5. NavyLCDR's Avatar
    Posts : 11,816
    Windows 10 LTSC

    You can use that flash drive to upgrade your Windows 8.1. You just insert the flash drive with Windows 8.1 running. Then just run setup.exe from it.

    The only issue with that is that it may not have the most recent version of Windows 10 on it - the Creator's Update. After you install the edition on the purchased flash drive, then you will just be waiting for Windows 10 to upgrade itself again to the Creator's Update. I would recommend @mrgeek's method of using the Microsoft Windows 10 download website to download the latest edition to upgrade to.
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  6. Posts : 7
    Thread Starter

    Yes, I am familiar with that. Last week I finally installed the latest to bring her up to date. I was not aware of this when I installed her software. It's all good now. Well let's go see if I can get 10 back on here. Talk with you, if all goes well.
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  7. Posts : 7
    Thread Starter

    I want to thank you so much for the help. It may have taken four hours, but I was able to get Windows 10 installed and then installed Creators Update. Now I will start learning my way around. Thanks again!
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