Two ways to install Windows 10 from scratch

Clean installation and updates: at the moment, an upgrade to Windows 10 and using the installation media is already working. We will show you two ways to get the freshest OS.

The release of Windows 10 is a good opportunity to clean your computer from software waste and digital garbage. It is best to do this with a clean installation of the operating system, that is, a fresh copy of Windows.

However, unlike previous versions, with the ‘ten’ the process has become much more complicated, because Microsoft would like to, for users to upgrade to Windows 10 directly, through updating an already installed system. Some readers were also convinced of this , planning to install Windows 10 via a USB drive or an installation disk, without contacting the update via the ‘Get Windows 10′ (GWX) program.

But this path turned out to be problematic: until recently, Microsoft did not recognize a clean installation with keys from the ‘old’ Windows 7 and 8. In the first builds, only the key, provided by the GWX utility, turned into a valid license for Windows 10. And finally, the company has changed its mind.

Already September updates to the ‘dozens’ of version 1511 allow upgrading computers with Windows 7 and 8.1, meeting the relevant requirements, directly from the installation media. At the same time, with the help of a unique hardware code, it is recognized, is there a ‘digital permission’ for this system to update.

Conditions for upgrading to Windows 10

Nothing has fundamentally changed in the basic prerequisites for getting a free copy of Windows 10: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 must be installed for a free installation of a new system.

Windows RT and RT 8.1 systems, and also Corporate versions are not entitled to a free upgrade. Besides, in the case of installed Windows, we are talking only about activated options.

To check, does your computer meet the requirements, go from the ‘Control Panel’ to the ‘System and Security’ section The system’. Scroll down, to find the corresponding entry. If everything matches, you can start a clean install of Windows 10.

The OS must be original.¬†Only users of the activated original Windows 7 or 8.1 can get the ‘top ten’ for free. Despite the rumors, there are no licenses for hacked versions even for a clean install.

Next we will show two installation methods, each of which has both advantages, and disadvantages. Before installation, it is necessary to back up all important data to an external storage medium. No data loss was observed during our testing, however, we cannot guarantee this.

  1. Clean installation of Windows 10 by Microsoft
  2. Clean installation of Windows 10 using bootable media