Windows 10 will be a free upgrade to Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 8 users until July 29, 2016. One of the methods typically used by several people is to use Windows update and upgrade to Windows 10. But this method is not always the best because Windows carries over files, user profile app data, settings, and even Windows folder to the new installation and this could bring in new problems because it’s not a clean install.
Why clean install, and not upgrade?
In fact several people who upgraded to Windows 10, instead of clean install have reportedly faced frustrating problems of ‘Start menu, Action Center, and search box not working’ after the upgrade. This problem arises because of messed up system file permissions. Our test PC ran into the same problem after trying to delete the Windows.old folder which is created by Windows 10 after upgrade. Henceforth, we recommend clean install of Windows 10 after backing up personal data into a external storage media.
Clean install Windows 10 using Windows 7/8.1/8 Product Key
1 . Create a Windows 10 Installation DVD/USB
You need a USB flash drive of minimum 4 GB capacity or a blank DVD to create a Windows 10 installation media. Then download the Windows media creation tool for your PC.
Run the MediaCreationTool that you downloaded.
Select ‘Create installation media for another PC’ and click ‘Next’
Choose Language, Windows Edition, and Architecture that you are eligible in case you have upgraded your current PC from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. If you are not sure which Edition you can are eligible for free upgrade, go to our article and find it out. Click Next.
Select the media type, you got two options: USB flash drive and ISO file. If your computer can boot from USB flash drive, then this method is best, else you can go with traditional DVD installation disc creation. In this case select ISO file and save it to your computer first, and then burn it to DVD.
Now the tool will download Windows 10 from Microsoft servers.
After download is complete, you can right away click on Open DVD burner and burn the ISO file to DVD.
You now have Windows 10 installation disc/USB.
2. Install Windows 10 using Windows 7/8.1/8 Product Key
Insert the USB/DVD installation media which you created in the part (1) of this guide and boot into it like any other Windows installation.
There are two possible scenarios:
- If you have never installed and activated Windows 10 on this computer before, you will see the activation screen. You have to enter the Windows 10/7/8/1/8 key here.
- If you have ever installed and activated Windows 10 on this computer before, click “skip” and proceed. Windows will automatically activate once it’s installed.
Accept terms and conditions and click ‘Next’.
Make sure to click ‘Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)’ for clean installation, else it will ‘Upgrade’ as default.
You will be asked where to install Windows. You can select the partition you want or simply use unallocated partition in case you have no partitions.
Proceed with the simple onscreen instructions and after a while you will land up into Windows 10 desktop. If your PC is connected to internet, you should see ‘Windows 10 on this device is activated with a digital entitlement’ message in Windows activation section.
That’s it. Do let us know how your installation went along and whether you were successfully able to activate Windows 10 or not?