1.    2 Weeks Ago #1
    Join Date : Jun 2016
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    Windows 10 Reinstall Unsure which faq; no product key (lost it)


    I am running Windows 10 x64. Because of errors I want to start fresh. I no longer have the product key. Which FAQ should I follow so everything is 100% removed and freshly installed?

    Clean Install Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
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  2.    2 Weeks Ago #2
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 11,069
    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    Download Windows 10 ISO File Installation Upgrade Tutorials
    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

    Hi, if you don't already have a bootable win 10 medium then follow the above.

    Then follow the tutorial you posted. As part of the process you will delete all the (4 if UEFI) partitions comprising Win 10.

    Note that if your existing Windows build is 1703 (Creator's) then the one you will install is 1709 (the Fall Creator's build).

    We strongly urge and advise all users to routinely use disk imaging e.g. Macrium Reflect (free) so that if something goes wrong- even a disk failing- you can restore a previously created disk image of Windows (or any data partition or disk) and have your PC running as it was when you created the image.

    This can eliminate the need to do a clean install in many cases and give you a second chance.
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  3.    2 Weeks Ago #3
    Join Date : Jun 2016
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    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    Download Windows 10 ISO File Installation Upgrade Tutorials
    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

    Hi, if you don't already have a bootable win 10 medium then follow the above.

    Then follow the tutorial you posted. As part of the process you will delete all the (4 if UEFI) partitions comprising Win 10.

    Note that if your existing Windows build is 1703 (Creator's) then the one you will install is 1709 (the Fall Creator's build).

    We strongly urge and advise all users to routinely use disk imaging e.g. Macrium Reflect (free) so that if something goes wrong- even a disk failing- you can restore a previously created disk image of Windows (or any data partition or disk) and have your PC running as it was when you created the image.

    This can eliminate the need to do a clean install in many cases and give you a second chance.
    You still here, DAL? Or anyone? When I am doing this - reinstalling windows. Is there anything specific I should be careful with? Do people do their own reinstalls then come back here with the same issues. Just want to make sure I do not mess EVERYTHING up It seems fairly easy. But, I do not know what I am doing. However, I am amazing at following instructions as they are written 100% of the time, the first time. Just want to make sure there are no frequent mistakes I could make.
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  4.    2 Weeks Ago #4
    Join Date : Jun 2016
    Posts : 32
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    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    Download Windows 10 ISO File Installation Upgrade Tutorials
    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

    Hi, if you don't already have a bootable win 10 medium then follow the above.

    Then follow the tutorial you posted. As part of the process you will delete all the (4 if UEFI) partitions comprising Win 10.

    Note that if your existing Windows build is 1703 (Creator's) then the one you will install is 1709 (the Fall Creator's build).

    We strongly urge and advise all users to routinely use disk imaging e.g. Macrium Reflect (free) so that if something goes wrong- even a disk failing- you can restore a previously created disk image of Windows (or any data partition or disk) and have your PC running as it was when you created the image.

    This can eliminate the need to do a clean install in many cases and give you a second chance.
    Another thought, looking at this it seems like this is an "update". I want to completely remove (or as closely as possible) remove everything on my computer then start from the beginning. This is the best method to do so, correct? I just started and it seems like it is more an "update" but I am only a few minutes in. I will keep reading all the provided information as well.
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  5.    2 Weeks Ago #5
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Arnold, MD
    Posts : 29,071
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tonys317 View Post
    Another thought, looking at this it seems like this is an "update". I want to completely remove (or as closely as possible) remove everything on my computer then start from the beginning. This is the best method to do so, correct? I just started and it seems like it is more an "update" but I am only a few minutes in. I will keep reading all the provided information as well.
    If you follow Dalchina's instructions, particularly deleting all of the partitions, DL the ISO and create your media, then follow the Clean Install....you should be just fine. They are written well.
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