Clean Install after upgrade

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  1. Posts : 424
    Windows 10 Home
       #1

    Clean Install after upgrade


    I got a legit copy of windows 7 and i did the update to windows 10, but my PC seems slow and it seems like there is a lot of junk and left over files... idk, i want to do a clean install, but i dont want to loose my genuine copy of windows. also, i have about 1tb of games installed on a seperate drive off steam. if i clean install and leave that drive as is, will the games still work or will i have to redownload them all?
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  2. Posts : 1,625
    W7 Pro x64 | W10 IP x64 | Linux Mint VM
       #2

    MS have stated that once you've performed the upgrade you will be able to perform a clean install (I believe this has already been done successfully with activation being automatic). As for the games the best you can do is try them, if the worst comes to the worst you'll have to redownload.
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  3. Posts : 424
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #3

    alright, and how do i do a clean install?

    EDIT, for some reason when i click activate windows, it says that it cant activate please try again later....
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  4. Posts : 1,625
    W7 Pro x64 | W10 IP x64 | Linux Mint VM
       #4

    It should have activated during installation over 7. It may be best to post a thread in the activation section first before you go any further.
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  5. Posts : 423
    Windows 10 Pro
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    N00berG00ber said:
    I got a legit copy of windows 7 and i did the update to windows 10, but my PC seems slow and it seems like there is a lot of junk and left over files... idk, i want to do a clean install, but i dont want to loose my genuine copy of windows. also, i have about 1tb of games installed on a seperate drive off steam. if i clean install and leave that drive as is, will the games still work or will i have to redownload them all?
    Hi, having the windows.old folder shouldn't effect performance. What will effect the performance is the first few hours of using windows 10.

    It will take this time to automatically:
    Update apps on the windows store (over 18 in my case)
    Download Windows Updates

    This can make it feel slow while it's busy doing this but after it's done, it should be smooth sailing.
    After it does this, I would defrag the drive & optionally run ccleaner (ccleaner first then defrag if you use ccleaner).

    If you decide that you don't want to revert back to windows 7, it is safe to delete the windows.old folder which contains files & settings that windows 7 used.
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  6. Posts : 103
    Windows 10
       #6

    I did this this morning. First upgrade to Windows 10 and make sure it's active. Then get the ISO by following this tutorial. Run it, format the drive, do a clean install. Whenever it asks for a license skip. You will have to create a local account first. Everything is installed activate Windows 10 and then, if you want, you can convert your local account to an online one.
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  7. Posts : 1,625
    W7 Pro x64 | W10 IP x64 | Linux Mint VM
       #7

    vgchat said:
    After it does this, I would defrag the drive & optionally run ccleaner (ccleaner first then defrag if you use ccleaner).
    You shouldn't defrag SSDs.
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  8. Posts : 423
    Windows 10 Pro
       #8

    That's true but I don't use SSD. Too expensive for my tastes when HDD's aren't far behind.
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  9. Posts : 424
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #9

    hmmmm... looks like the activation issue is cause by the server. lots of people having that issue. i cant even convert back to 7. Some how the files got deleted.
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  10. Posts : 1,625
    W7 Pro x64 | W10 IP x64 | Linux Mint VM
       #10

    vgchat said:
    That's true but I don't use SSD. Too expensive for my tastes when HDD's aren't far behind.
    The OP does, that's why I posted it. It's best not to advise people who use SSDs to defrag them.
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