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How can I do the free upgrade to Win 10 after I format my HDD?

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#1 yorocco7


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Posted 08 February 2016 - 09:45 PM

I have a new laptop running Win 10 & I love it!! I have an older Acer laptop running a legal version of Win7.
I've been getting notices to upgrade to Win10. I've had all kinds of issues with the Acer laptop over the years.
Many of this issue I've posted on this forum with great success. Here is what I'd like to do.
-Once I get all important files off the Acer HDD I want to reformat it.
-I've had so many issues in the past I would just feel more comfortable starting fresh with formatted HDD.
-I want to put Win 10 on the freshly formatted Acer HDD.

So is this possible? Can I get Free Win 10 from MS on a formatted or brand new HDD? A friend said I should just
clean the HDD without doing the formatting. I understand that but I'm just concerned there could be errors,
viruses other problems deeply hidden in the HDD. Can anyone provide suggestions on this situation?

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 07:52 AM

I'm just a novice myself, but I'd try reinstalling Win7 on your Acer, then upgrading to Win10. As long as you still have the activation code for Win7 on the Acer, Win10 should install. Installing a new copy of Win7 formats the drive during the installation. The installation process when upgrading to Win10 looks for activation code, then proceeds. You may also download an ISO image of Win10 from Microsoft which can be burned to disc. Hope this helps.

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 08:49 AM

Hi yorocco7 :)

Your plan of action looks good to me. Since the November Update (Windows 10 TH2), it is possible to clean install Windows 10, and use a Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 product key to activate it, so it'll work, yes. What I suggest you to do is to download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from Microsoft's website, and then use it to download and .iso of the Windows 10 edition/version you want, and then burn that .iso on a CD or DVD, or use RUFUS to make a bootable USB with it (make sure to use the right settings, depending if you use BIOS, UEFI, GPT, MBR, etc.)

Media Creation Tool: https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/software-download/windows10ISO
RUFUS: https://rufus.akeo.ie/?locale=en_US

If you have any questions concerning your settings, installation, etc. feel free to ask :)

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 10:39 AM

 If you do it that way, you'll need to be sure you have all the drivers you'll need.  This is especially true with laptops because most of the parts are proprietary, unlike desktops.  Touchpads and WiFi adapters are particularly subject to driver problems.  


 Good luck.

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