Clean Install Windows 10 Upgrading, but how?

Process required to correctly upgrade from Windows 7, 8, 8.1 to Windows 10, without going through Windows Update

Steve Smith talks about what you need to do to achieve an Upgrade to Windows 10, via the clean install method, now available from Windows 10, Threshold 2.

Episode #6-16 released on December 21, 2015

Watch on Youtube

Your presented with the option to upgrade to Windows 10, you have Windows 7, or 8.1 installed. We have all been told doing an upgrade is worse than a clean install, so what is someone supposed to do?

Until recently, you had to upgrade to Windows 10 in order to update your license attribution to Windows 10, then make a Windows 10 disc, which I made an episode for, and then finally install Windows 10 via a clean install. All this, just to be able to have the purest form of installation history, as most professionals would suggest being the best method.

Now, Microsoft is allowing people with Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 to be able to do the upgrade, via clean install, without following the previous upgrade path. However, some of you may wonder how this is done.

This is done using the HWID, known as Hardware Identifiers, which Microsoft records from your computer, and provided you change nothing about the physical configuration of your computer, such as the mainboard and processor, can survive from one installation to another. This means, that because of the HWID, and the new method provided by Microsoft, you can now upgrade to Windows 10, via clean install.

Now, in order to do a clean install, you need a Windows 10 disc or installation media installed on a USB flash drive, with version 1511 (Build 10240), or better. If you wondering how you validate for this, you have to follow a few steps, however, if you produce this disc from the media creation tool as I previously mentioned, the correct version should be downloaded for you, as of now.

The process of Installing Windows 10, are pretty straight forward from this step on. Just make sure you have an active Internet connection during the process to make sure registration occurs correctly, and as before, always make backups of all your files. Pro tip, do not change the hardware configuration for this to work. Removing, adding, or replacing any component just be installing Windows 10 will make registration impossible because you will have changed the HWID of your computer.

Host : Steve Smith | Music : Jonny Lee Hart | Editor : Steve Smith | Producer : Zed Axis Productions

Sources & Resources

Community Comments

Share your thoughts, opinions and suggestions

Login or Register to post Your comment.