Windows 10: How to Do a Clean Install of Windows 10 Home - Viruses et al. Solved

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  1.    24 Sep 2017 #1

    How to Do a Clean Install of Windows 10 Home - Viruses et al.

    Hi All,

    I upgraded my computer from Windows 8.1 to 10 when it was available. I have no working back up on a flash or DVD.

    My computer was infected with numerous viruses and a remote keystroke programme. I've cleaned it, but would like to wipe it completely and start over.

    Where do I start? Can I download Windows 10 from the Microsoft site?

    With thanks, :)
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  2. Posts : 19,879
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       24 Sep 2017 #2

    If you upgraded to windows 10 during the free upgrade you should have a digital license.
    So you should be able to perform a clean install.
    For a clean install you will delete partitions, format, create an unallocated drive, and install windows 10 version 1703.
    On a working computer create a bootable windows 10 iso:
    Download Windows 10
    Power on the computer and boot to the windows 10 iso.
    For Asus desktop you should be able to click the F8 key to choose the bios boot order: external hard drive
    List of PC brands with their corresponding hot-keys
    If that does not work then you would need to change the bios boot order so that the USB drive is on top.
    Once you power on and boot using the bootable windows 10 is you will click on install and follow the text and images in this link:
    Clean Install Windows 10 Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
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  3.    25 Sep 2017 #3

    Morning zBook,

    Thank you so much for getting back to me so fast. I truly appreciate all your help. I'm rather nervous about doing the clean install since it's been quite sometime.

    I'm currently downloading the Windows 10 ISO image from the Microsoft website and will burn the ISO DVD next.

    What drivers do I need in order to get my system up and running?

    I've been to the Asus website and they don't seem to have any drivers for Windows 10. I can only assume I would use the Windows 8-64 bit drivers.

    ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Driver & Tools - CM6870

    I greatly appreciate some help on which ones I need to download prior to my clean install.

    Also, my system has two dedicated partitions: C: and D:. How do I create those two partitions when it comes time to clean install?

    Thanks bunches, :)
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  4. Posts : 1,849
    Win 10 X64 Pro 1803 17751.1
       25 Sep 2017 #4

    I'm not zBook.

    I looked at the Asus link. Most of the drivers aren't Asus proprietary ones. You may be able to get newer versions from their sources (like Realtek). Check Device Manager to find out which hardware options are present in your specific machine.

    The only drivers I'd bother with up front are the communications ones: LAN or wireless. The odds are good that the Windows installation will include what you need, but it's cheap insurance.

    It has been a while since I did a new Win10 clean install, but, if memory serves, you can set up the partitions during the installation. The installer will automatically create partitions, but it sounds like you want a different configuration. (You also ought to be able to resize c: and create d: after the installation in Computer Management.)
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  5.    25 Sep 2017 #5

    You can back up the existing drivers. I'm on my phone right now. Google dism /online /export-driver
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit/Windows 7 dual boot
       26 Sep 2017 #6

    I have just done a clean install from a USB to a ASUS MB, and was pleasantly surprised I didn't need any drivers windows found them all, though I had an issue with an Intel management engine drive, which I removed and uninstalled, and all was well.
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  7.    27 Sep 2017 #7

    How to Do a Clean Install of Windows 10 Home

    Hi Bobkn, NavyLCDR, and Jimmyb,

    Thanks for all the input.

    Sadly, I won't be able to keep anything from my previous system. Too many viruses including a keystroke or logger programme. I've quarantined the nasties and will have to start over (clean slate)!

    I'll keep you posted. Using another computer at the moment since mine is down.

    Thanks bunches, :)
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  8. Posts : 19,879
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       28 Sep 2017 #8

    When you perform the clean install Windows will install Microsoft and non-Microsoft drivers.
    Windows updates will then install many updated Microsoft and non-Microsoft drivers.
    For Asus notebooks there has been problems with a Realtek driver producing BSOD and that has been fixed by rolling back this driver.
    This has not been a problem with Asus desktops.
    So if you want to keep your system as clean as possible with the problems with malware please consider installing all new applications, software, drivers, bookmarks, etc.
    Once you have Windows updating the drivers if there are any problems you can let us know and we can troubleshoot them.
    Last edited by zbook; 28 Sep 2017 at 00:44.
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  9.    28 Sep 2017 #9

    Hi zbook,

    Thank you for the advice. I'll keep everyone posted.

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  10.    19 Nov 2017 #10

    Hi Folks,

    I apologise for not getting back to everyone sooner.

    I'm back to my initial project of trying to do a Clean install of Windows 10.

    I made the recovery disk and started reinstalling Windows 10.

    It was working well and then I received a BSOD - Windows Stop Code - Clock Watchdog Timeout.

    Restarted computer. A number of steps were missed somewhere along the way with the BSOD.

    I've restarted the re-install and hopefully this time it will work.

    Advice would be appreciated.

    Last edited by SweetiePie; 19 Nov 2017 at 01:48.
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