Windows 10: Clean install after upgrading to W10? Solved

  1. Posts : 43
    W10 primary, W7/W8.1 secondary
       28 Jul 2015 #1

    Clean install after upgrading to W10?

    It appears that I have to upgrade install w10 to get the free W10. After that, is it possible to clean install the W10 in place of the W10 install upgraded from W7 or W8.1?
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17672
       28 Jul 2015 #2

    Microsoft has said that we will be able to do a clean install with the free Windows 10 upgrade after installed, but I haven't seen any exact details on how that will work yet.
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    W10 primary, W7/W8.1 secondary
    Thread Starter
       28 Jul 2015 #3

    Thanks, Bink.
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  4.    14 Aug 2015 #4

    Hi Brink ,

    I am just wondering if there has been any more news regarding this question ?
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17672
       14 Aug 2015 #5

    Hello Spanky,

    Can I reinstall Windows 10 on my computer after upgrading with free upgrade?

    Once you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 using the free upgrade offer or Media Creation Tool on an activated Windows 7 or 8.1 PC, you will be able to reinstall, including a clean install, on the same device. You won’t need a product key for re-activations on the same hardware. If you make a meaningful change to your hardware, you may need to contact customer support to help with activation. You’ll also be able to create your own installation media like a USB drive or DVD, and use that to upgrade your device or reinstall after you’ve upgraded.

    You do not get a product key with the free upgrade of Windows 10.

    The activation for the free offer of Windows 10 is registered on the Microsoft activation servers, and is referenced by the hardware (motherboard/CPU/graphics card) of the PC it was upgraded on.
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  6.    14 Aug 2015 #6

    Hi Brink ,

    Thank you for your prompt reply .
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17672
       14 Aug 2015 #7

    You're most welcome.
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  • Posts : 43
    W10 primary, W7/W8.1 secondary
    Thread Starter
       14 Aug 2015 #8

    Microsoft quietly rewrites its activation rules for Windows 10

    In-place upgrade(using W10 ISO on installed W7 or W8.1) allows clean install of W10. During this process, entering product key is to be skipped and the W10 is automatically activated.
    Unlike the above there seems to be no clean install option for online upgrade process, thus in this case, clean install can be done only after the upgrade installation is completed.
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