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  1. Posts : 26
    Windows 10
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       #11

    okay. So is it easy today to clean install Windows on a machine already having Windows? If so then I will do that and maybe just create a new local account? Especially if I need to do that in order to change my User folder name and such.

    Is it possible now to clean install Windows without deleting some personal files? Or do I need to take what I have moved back on my other disk to make sure everything stays safe?
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  2. Posts : 16,547
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.3930
       #12

    Siggi Trust said:
    So is it easy today to clean install Windows on a machine already having Windows?
    Yes.
    Clean Install - TenForumsTutorials and, in preparation for one, consider Backup and Restore Device Drivers - TenForumsTutorials


    Siggi Trust said:
    If so then I will do that and maybe just create a new local account?
    Yes, that is provided for in the Clean install tutorial - Steps 23-25.


    Siggi Trust said:
    Is it possible now to clean install Windows without deleting some personal files?
    No.
    Siggi Trust said:
    Or do I need to take what I have moved back on my other disk to make sure everything stays safe?
    Yes.


    Best of luck,
    Denis
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  3. Posts : 18,045
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #13

    Hello @Siggi Trust,

    It is ALWAYS RECOMMENDED to backup your personal folders / files etc BEFORE you perform a Clean Install.

    Better still, create a System Image. This will also allow you access to those files if needed.

    > Backup and Restore Device Drivers in Windows 10
    > Clean Install Windows 10

    I hope this helps.
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  4. Posts : 26
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #14

    thanks guys. I will go ahead with Clean Install then to start with.
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  5. Posts : 16,547
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.3930
       #15

    Siggi Trust said:
    ... to start with.
    Sorry to nag but you ought to backup your drivers and make a system image "to start with".
    If you run into problems then you'll be really glad that you took those precautions.


    Denis
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  6. Posts : 1,077
    Windows 10
       #16

    if they are just wiping a used computer then not much point in making a backup of that redundant data is there? The whole point of doing the clean install in this context is to start from fresh and removing the previous owners data that they do not want or require.
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  7. Posts : 712
    Windows 10 Pro
       #17

    Just wipe it clean by doing a fresh Install, it takes minutes.
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