How to Clean Install Windows 10 OS

  •   There are numerous methods to clean install Windows 10. Microsoft offers a free Windows 10 upgrade to the Windows users using the accessibility tools. Install Windows 10 and enter a Windows 7 or 8 key in the installer to receive a free Windows 10 upgrade license.
  •   After performing the upgrade, the laptop will have a Windows 10 license forever. If you upgraded when Windows 10 was released and downgraded within a short time, you will be still eligible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
  •   A license associated with your laptop will be stored on Microsoft’s servers. If the laptop had an inbuilt Windows 10 version, it likely has a license key embedded into its UEFI firmware.
  •   You can reinstall Windows 10 on your laptop without entering the key. If you do not have a Windows 10 Operating System, purchase the license from Microsoft.
  •   There is also a possibility to clean install Windows 10 without entering a product key. You will notice messages that indicate Windows 10 system is not licensed and needs to be activated.
  •   Purchase a Windows 10 license from the Store to turn it into a properly licensed Windows 10 laptop. This is a convenient solution to test Windows 10 on a laptop without purchasing it first.
  •   If you don’t want to upgrade from an existing Windows installation, download the official Windows 10 installation media for free from Microsoft and make sure you perform a clean install windows 10.
  •   Go to the Microsoft’s Download Windows 10 page, select the Download Tool Now option and run the downloaded file. Choose the language and customize the necessary settings.
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Windows 10 Upgrade and Installation Errors

  •   There are numerous reasons for the error message to occur while upgrade or clean install Windows 10. If you view an error that begins with 0xC1900101, it shows that it is a driver error.
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  •   Check if your device has enough storage space as it requires at least 16 GB of free space to upgrade a 32-bit OS or 20 GB for a 64-bit OS. Try to run Windows Update on your laptop.
  •   Download and install software updates, hardware updates and some third-party drivers in Windows Update. To fix Windows Update errors, use the troubleshooter to clean install Windows 10.
  •   Make sure you check the third-party drivers and download any updates. The installation instructions for third-party drivers are generally available for any hardware you added to the device on the manufacturer’s website.
  •   Disconnect all external storage devices and drives, docks and other hardware connected to your device that is not required for basic functionality. Check the Device Manager to determine the errors.
  •   Select the Start option in the search box on the taskbar, type device manager and select Device Manager from the results. In the window that displays, check for any device with a yellow exclamation mark beside it.
  •   Select the Start option in the search box on the taskbar, type device manager and select Device Manager from the results. In the window that displays, check for any device with a yellow exclamation mark beside it.
  •   Press and hold/ right-click on the device name and choose either Update Driver Software or Uninstall to correct the errors. Uninstall the third-party security software.
  •   Check if you know how to reinstall your programs and that you have product keys readily available. Use Windows Defender to protect your device in the meantime.
  •   Select the Start button and in the search box on the taskbar, type command prompt to repair hard-drive errors. Select the Command Prompt from the list of results to clean install windows 10.
  •   In the window that displays, type chkdsk/f C: and press the Enter key. Repair might automatically start on the hard drive and a prompt to restart the device may appear.
  •   Perform a clean restart and restore and repair the system files. Select the Start option on your Windows and in the search box on the taskbar, type command prompt.
  •   Select the Command Prompt from the list of results. In the window that displays, type DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth and press the Enter key.
  •   When the error code 0x80200056 occurs, it indicates an interruption in the upgrade process. The laptop might have accidentally rebooted or the user account might have been signed out.
  •   To fix the above issue, try to upgrade again and check if the laptop is plugged in securely. If a 0x800F0923 occurs, it indicates that the software is not compatible to upgrade to clean install Windows 10.
  •   In the above case, open the Get Windows 10 app, click the hamburger menu button (menu icon), select the Check your PC option and identify the driver or software that is incompatible.