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Windows 7: How to clean install windows 10?

04 Aug 2015   #1
xX4m4zingXx

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
How to clean install windows 10?

I have windows 7 and I can install windows 10 if I want, but I want to clean install windows 10 so all my pc files are deleted. Is there an easy way for this?

greets Ruud
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04 Aug 2015   #2
xX4m4zingXx

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

NVM
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04 Aug 2015   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi I believe you have to do the in place upgrade then you can do a clean install ?
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05 Aug 2015   #4
wasnotwas

W10 Pro x64, W7 Pro x64 in VMware
 
 

ThrashZone is correct. If you do a successful Windows 10 inplace upgrade ie click upgrade this pc (or click setup.exe on an install usb/dvd from within Windows 7) and it activates, then when all is OK you can reboot from the install media and do a clean install. After the 1st inplace upgrade, Microsoft stores your hardware info on their servers, so with the clean install, the pc will be recognized and activated. I have tested this clean install method on VM and real boxes. During the clean install, when asked for a serial you should click skip or ask me later.

BTW - just like a W7 serial is valid for x86 and x64, you can clean install x64 on an initial 32 bit W10 upgrade. I have also tested this -

Windows 7 x86 > Windows 10 x86 upgrade > Windows 10 x64 clean install

versions must be the same ie Home Prem > Home, Pro > Pro etc. You can't go x86 > x64 on the initial upgrade (but can with a 2nd clean install).
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06 Aug 2015   #5
xX4m4zingXx

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Okay, Thank you for the info. I will mark this solved.
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