When your computer is facing some problems on Windows 10, clean installation can be a great option to remove all the things from hard drive of your computer to start from scratch. From enhancing your computer’s performance to resolving issues regarding start-up, shut down, memory and apps this process can help you out. It also helps you to improve your battery life and can remove viruses and any type of malware virtually.
If you are using an older version for a long time a clean Installation can also be used to upgrade to a new version. By doing so, you can minimize the risks of issues caused by incompatible apps and drivers during and after the process of up-gradation. To start afresh with a copy of Windows 10 on a hard drive placement it can be the best option.
In this article, we will browse through the process to devise and execute a clean installation of the OS. You can use this process to upgrade to the Windows 10 or to make the leap from Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. This process involves the following 3 steps:
How to prepare a PC for a clean installation of Windows 10?
Though, a clean installation of Windows 10 is not a complicated process, but some tasks are recommended to perform before installation in order to minimize the risk of issues and protect data.
Backing up installation and personal files
Downloading essential device drivers
Knowing system requirements for Windows 10:
Your PC should meet following requirements to install the Windows 10 May 2019 update and later release:
Verifying activation of Windows 10:
If you are going to start afresh with a clean copy of Windows 10 or upgrade the latest update you need not re-enter product key during the setup. After the installation the OS will automatically activate again. But it will activate automatically when your previous installation was activated properly. So, before the installation process verify your activation.
Obtaining product key of Windows
Setting correct boot order:
You have to configure the Basic input/ Output system(BIOS) or Unified Extensible Firmware Interface(UEFI) on motherboard before starting your PC with a USB bootable media to perform a clean installation of Windows 10 in order to change the boot order to boot from USB.
Disconnecting non-essential peripherals
How to create USB bootable media for a clean installation of Windows 10?
You can create USB bootable media by using the Media Creation Tool or third-party tools like Rufus.
Connect a USB flash drive of minimum 8GB of space and follow these steps:
(If you are going to install Windows 10 on multiple PCs running the 32-bit or 64-bit architecture, select the Both option, using ‘Architecture’ drop-down menu.)
You can use Rufus tool to create an installation media if the Media Creation Tool is not working.
How to perform a clean installation if Windows 10?
After following above mentioned steps you are ready to execute a clean install of Windows 10.
Connect a bootable media to execute a clean installation of Windows 10 and follow below mentioned steps:
The setup will begin with the fresh installation of Windows 10 on your PC, once you complete all these steps.
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