This is a Legacy Version of Windows If you came to this guide to take the 1 year free upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8. If you cldan wish to Upgrade and then Clean Reinstall wait for Windows 10 TH2 which will allow for direct Clean Reinstallation and fixes most of the issues highlighted in this set of installation guides. If you have already performed the initial upgrade and want your system to function properly you can carry out a Clean Reinstall.
Before Reinstalling from a Windows 10 TH1. Unfortunately most the Edition issues encountered from Windows 8 and 8. In short if you select the wrong Edition e. Ensure that the Edition of your Windows 10 Installation matches your activated version otherwise you will have Microsoft Product Activation issues.
Power down your computer. These settings should automatically be applied to any system shipped with Windows 8 or Windows 8. If your system had Windows 7 previously installed and is a model:. Ensure the mouse and keyboard are connected. For systems older than you will have to just use the legacy boot with the MBR partition scheme which will be listed by default. If you wish to install Windows 10 32 Bit unrecommended on a or later system you will need to disable SecureBoot and enable legacy boot options.
In this example I select proper English…. Now you will be asked for a product key… Whoops!!! This is the screen which upsets most of Microsoft's customers…. Feedback for Microsoft. This would save a great deal of hassles end users are experiencing with Windows 10 Reinstallation.
If you have upgraded from Windows 7 or 8. The product activation mechanism is device based and keyless. Keyfinders such as Berlarc Advisor will find a generic key and this should not be used. The good news is dell windows 10 clean install from usb free this will be amended in Windows 10 Dell windows 10 clean install from usb free coming soon. It will also accept Windows 7, Windows 8.
With Windows 10 TH2 Windows will finally be digitally deployed correctly. On the next screen you will be given the option to "Upgrade" or "Clean Reinstall". To Clean Reinstall select Custom. The following steps will result in loss of data so cancel knstall installation and backup your data to an external hard drive or cloud storage if you haven't already done so.
As a general rule of thumb imstall Windows Installation Media is significantly newer than your System the Storage Controller is inbuilt. Microsoft promise widnows keep Windows Installation Media relatively up to date so the need to load Storage Controller drivers should become relatively rare. Note external hard drives and USB flash dell windows 10 clean install from usb free may also be listed here which is why it was recommended to remove any unnecessary USB peripheral devices to save confusion.
Dual Boot Note — Advanced Configurations only!!! Alternatively you can delete all the partitions on other drive s in order to prevent an unwanted Dual Boot.
I do not recommend Dual Booting and even less on the same Drive. In general I prefer virtualisation. This lists the single internal SSD as Drive 0. The drive had a Windows 7 Professional factory settings previously upgraded to Windows dell windows 10 clean install from usb free Pro and was reverted back to Windows 7 Professional. Select each partition on the Drive you want to install Windows on, in this case Drive 0, then select Delete systematically. I will start on the Recovery Partition.
Note theres no point in frmo the Clexn Partition this will vary in size from system to system while carrying out a Clean Reinstall as it'll no longer function. Moreover even if it did work it'll recover to an obsolete version of Windows. Your entire drive should aindows be unallocated space, select the unallocated space and then select new:. The top three partitions should be the same size as shown below and the presence of these multiple partitions make the GPT partition scheme more robust.
Select this largest partition and select Next:. The partitions will look slightly different on a MBR install see below.
There will be a single Ftom system reserved partition opposed to 3 smaller partitions in a GPT install. Windows will begin instal, install and depending on your hardware may take some time to go through all the steps:. You will once again be prompted ijstall enter your product key. This is the second screen which causes even more panic for Microsoft's customers….
Don't worry…. Note if you are going to sell or hand down your Windows 10 Device, you can force shut it down here and remove the Windows 10 Installation USB…. The new owner can continue with the setup. Select your wireless network:. Alternatively skip this step and sign in with a local account recommended if you want to make a pseudo -Factory image with Dell Backup and Dell windows 10 clean install from usb free without your Microsoft Account login details.
A Local Account can later be converted to a Microsoft Ub. Check your Windows Edition at the top and ensure that Windows is activated to the bottom.
Note the Product ID may change slightly from the original install but Windows should be activated…. As the GPT scheme saves the boot code in more than just one area of the drive.
This would be good to know ffrom I clean install Windows Unless there's another reason that I'm unaware of, there's no reason not to use GPT formatting for 64 bit OS installs. I therefore have never managed to install Windows in such a configuration.
I tried doing it with it connected and I was having issues after rebooting a second time, was able to get into new OS once xlean corrupted on restart. It depends what you are doing, I would advise wiping the drive if its got an OS on it otherwise you may setup an unwanted dual boot.
I do know that every time a SP or point release is added, another of these partitions shows. Even if you were dell windows 10 clean install from usb free use the Pro Pack to upgrade 10 Home to 10 Pro, another of these will be created, they're usually MB in size. No other free backup software offers all of these perks at no charge.
And be sure to physically remove the backup cable to the computer after use, powering off the drive alone may not be enough protection, especially if the USB port becomes infected rare but bot impossible. If by chance you don't have an enclosure or docking station USB 3.
This will format the drive again. What a help!! This is the best step-by-step tutorial on how to install windows 10! This is probably THE most helpful guide to any subject I have ever ran into. With it, I easily transferred from a Vista laying in my Recovery partition to Win10, just in time before upgrade expiration. I will echo JC's comments,your instructions were clear,concise and to the point.
I rate it as the best guide I've seen so far on a clean install of I did an upgrade and clean install on an Special Edition with your guide and I now have a lean,blazing fast machine…20sec to desktop and 15sec shutdown! You may want to ad a small foot note to the instructions to pull out the usb stick when it restarts after the last purple screen.
I had left mine in and when it dell windows 10 clean install from usb free it looped back to the first language dell windows 10 clean install from usb free and I had to repeat it all again. I did that 3 times before I realized why it was doing it. The reason I ask this, dell windows 10 clean install from usb free that on a forum dell windows 10 clean install from usb free I'm an Advisor on Bleeping Computermany who wants to dual boot with Linux can't, because there's already 4 Primary partitions in place.
Windoows solved. Yet some doesn't want to do that. The LInux installer, when finished, will create a boot entry for Windows Recovery, the Grub bootloader 'sees' all bootable options. Some doesn't want or cannot afford this option, yet that's how I run Linux on notebooks.
With GPT, the 4 Primary rule is removed. I'd like to test this theory myself, yet am unable to on the PC I'd like to, due to a power issue in my home that affects my entire workstation area. Hi Philip. I trust all is well dell windows 10 clean install from usb free you and you are keeping well by the Grace of God. I must commend you for your thorough and very detailed work that helps millions of folks as myself.
I have a Dell 13 2-in-1 notebook that refuses to boot up after a liquid spill. After thoroughly cleaning the device, I setup to install windows 10 on it, but it just won't have that. I have tried several windows 10 editions depl to the point of using the dell os recovery tool to download the device's own oem os, but all have failed to be recognized and booted at the boot screen.
However, if I try to update to any trom edition, I will get a corrupt os. Same happens if I try to install any driver other than what the device likes, particularly the Intel serial IO driver.
If you power off your Dell and power it back on and press [F12], can you get to the diagnostics and does everything pass? I suspect the system hardware is good and that your system requires a BIOS update to install newer builds of Windows If you have you got Windows 10 Version Please press [Windows] and [ r ] and type in msinfo At the diagnostics screen, everything passes.