How to Complete a Clean, Fresh Installation of Windows 10

A new installation of Windows 10 will clear all data from your system. So, the first thing you should do is to take a backup of the data on an external drive such as a USB drive.

Now check the properties of your computer. Under the System type, it will be shown whether your system uses a 32-bit operating system or a 64-bit operating system. Note it down because installation files are different for these operating system types.

Now visit the following page to download Windows 10

The download option will first download a tool to know that you have a license to install windows 10. Download and run this tool. Now follow these steps:

  • Select Create installation media for another PC and click Next
  • Select Language, Edition (Windows 10 Pro), and Architecture (64-bit (x64)) and click Next
  • Select USB Flash Drive in media to use. and click Next
  • Select the USB Drive and Windows 10 will start downloading on the USB Drive.
  • When the USB Flash Drive is ready, click Finish. The Media Creation Tool will download Windows 10 and create a bootable USB drive.
  • Now restart the computer and open BIOS Setup. I performed the installation on Dell Latitude E6430. On this laptop, you can access System Setup by pressing the <F2> key and Bring up the one-time boot menu by pressing the <F12> key as mentioned here:

  • Under Boot, make Removable Devices appear on top of the list. Save the changes. The computer will now boot from a USB drive, and the Windows Setup screen will appear.
  • Click Install Now.
  • Enter the product key or you may also skip it.
  • Accept the License Terms
  • Select Custom: Install Windows Only
  • You will see Partition 1: System Reserved and Partition 2.
  • Delete both partitions so that you only see ‘Drive 0 Unallocated Space
  • Now create two partitions. You will now have Drive 0 Partition 1 (System Reserved); Drive 0 Partition 2, and Drive 0 Partition 3. Select Drive 0 Partition 2 to install Windows. Also, format Partition 2 and Partition 3.
  • Click Next. Installation will begin
  • Make sure you remove the USB when the computer restarts so it does not boot again from USB.
  • Upon restart, it will again ask for the product key, but you can even skip it here.
  • You can now select custom or express settings.
  • Select ‘I own it’ in response to Who owns this PC.
  • Skip signing in to the Microsoft Account.
  • You may create an account for this PC. Leave the password blank. You can create a password later on.

This ends the process.

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