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#1 driger8642

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 02:46 AM

Hey guys, My name is Chander and I'm new here. My question is about using the reset feature on Windows 10. Now let me state that I've used this feature about 6 times of different pc/laptops (including this one), going with both options of keeping the files and doing a clean wipe of the drive. Earlier today I decided to do it once more as I gave this laptop to my niece to use for her semester. The reason I decided to do this is because I noticed it slowed down quite a lot and had many third party apps downloaded that I had no idea about, so instead of using Malwarebytes and such, I decided to take the easy way out and use the reset feature with clean drive.

 

Here is the problem and where I messed up (I think).

 

After using the feature, during the famous 'Resetting the PC 99%' stage, I waiting a LONG TIME. By long time I mean 24 hours + like the HDD is only 500GB, not even 1 TB AND it was about 60% full. So I decided to force shutdown at that point and try it again. Notice, I did research online to see what the estimate time of wait would be, I got an average of 6-8 hours including the factors of updates and such.

 

Well after the Force shutdown, I windows booted up and I noticed that all my programs have indeed been deleted, it asked me to input my account and stuff as it would when you first buy the laptop. Everything is awesome but when I finally came to the desktop, I noticed that the background is still the same so I'm guessing that some stuff didn't get properly deleted (as it was at 99%). So instead of taking a chance, I decided to give the reset option another go, but this time (and other 4 times) the progress bar reaches around 4%-5% and then give me an error 'Windows couldn't reset properly. No changes were made'. and thus....no changes were made indeed.

 

This is where I got the idea to create a bootable USB with a fresh copy of Windows 10 and use that to do a clean install of Windows 10. I made the USB, I booted it using F12 key, clicked on 'custom' when prompted to install.

 

Now this is where I'm stuck, it gives me an option to create a new partition or delete/overwrite on the existing one. I can't overwrite on all the partitions but the one that contains the current OS. Now I'm reading all over that deleting ALL the partitions and then installing the OS is the clean install in its truest form..... while some places say that you DO NOT want to delete the partitions..... what is the correct answer and how do I go about it?

 

So here are the two questions....

 

1: DO I delete all the partitions and install a brand new OS. How does that affect the laptop. What will be the best choice?

 

2: If partitions aren't the best way to go, what is a recommended step to take at this point?

 

NOTE: I am using the laptop right now to type this, all the functions seem to be working correctly but I do insist on doing a CLEAN install as I do not want to take a chance and also I'm having some OCD issue with that 99%, I can't sleep....its 4 in the morning and I can't sleep, got work in a few hours.

 

Thanks in advance for any input. :D



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Posted 13 August 2016 - 02:56 AM

You must be doing factory restore of your laptop as Windows OS allows you to individual partitions and install Windows on any partition you want. Create yourself a Windows 10 installation media with Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.


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Posted 13 August 2016 - 03:04 AM

You must be doing factory restore of your laptop as Windows OS allows you to individual partitions and install Windows on any partition you want. Create yourself a Windows 10 installation media with Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.

 

Yes I do have the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool, my question was, do I just overwrite on the partition that has the current OS or do I make a new partition? Or do I DELETE all the partitions (including the ones that contain recovery and such) and then make a partition for the new OS?



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Posted 13 August 2016 - 03:07 AM

If you don't have personal files on any one of those  partitions then delete them all and install Windows 10 on to unallocated free space.


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Posted 13 August 2016 - 03:19 AM

If you don't have personal files on any one of those  partitions then delete them all and install Windows 10 on to unallocated free space.

 

I believe I remember the option to either delete them or reset them (either reset or clear or format or something)...so delete or the other option? If I do delete them, will the fresh install create new partitions for recovery and such by itself?



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Posted 13 August 2016 - 03:25 AM

Below is the Windows setup window where you have option to delete all or single partition and create new one if you are not at this setup windows then you are not clean installing Windows 10.
 
 
Mod Edit: Removed posted image, posted wrong image - Hamluis.


Edited by hamluis, 13 August 2016 - 08:49 AM.

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 03:47 AM

did the image break or wrong url?


Edited by hamluis, 13 August 2016 - 08:33 AM.


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Posted 13 August 2016 - 08:50 AM

Freebooter:  Your image did not reflect the content you described...please check such before posting in the future...and reduce the size of the images :).

 

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 11:49 AM

İmage was from google images library and it was where OP can delete and create partitions i will take my own screenshot and post it very soon OP.

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 12:14 PM

Below are the steps you take to get to last window which you select where you want to install Windows.


Select language
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Install Now

2016-08-13%2020_01_03-Windows%2010%20x64
 

 

 

Enter Product key Screen
2016-08-13%2020_01_58-Windows%2010%20x64




License Terms
2016-08-13%2020_03_06-Windows%2010%20x64
 

 

Select which type of installation do you want
2016-08-13%2020_04_03-Windows%2010%20x64


Where do you want to install Windows?
2016-08-13%2020_05_25-Windows%2010%20x64

 

Above screen where you can delete individual partitions and install Windows on any partition or unallocated space. 


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Posted 13 August 2016 - 05:33 PM

Below are the steps you take to get to last window which you select where you want to install Windows.


Select language
2016-08-13%2020_00_31-Windows%2010%20x64


Install Now

2016-08-13%2020_01_03-Windows%2010%20x64
 

 

 

Enter Product key Screen
2016-08-13%2020_01_58-Windows%2010%20x64




License Terms
2016-08-13%2020_03_06-Windows%2010%20x64
 

 

Select which type of installation do you want
2016-08-13%2020_04_03-Windows%2010%20x64


Where do you want to install Windows?
2016-08-13%2020_05_25-Windows%2010%20x64

 

Above screen where you can delete individual partitions and install Windows on any partition or unallocated space. 

 

about the last picture, am I clicking delete or format? and doing so for all the partitions? Will that affect my new installation in any way and/or my laptop? Also, suppose I do delete all the partitions and then create a new one for the new OS, will the new OS create new partitions by itself such as the ones used for recovery?



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Posted 13 August 2016 - 09:45 PM

Thanks guys, ended up deleting all the partitions and when I clicked new, MS made new partitions. Just completed a fresh install of widdows 10 FINALLY. I can really tell the difference in speed and processing. Thanks a lot :D [FIXED]

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 02:32 PM

Your are very welcome.

As i said you can delete individual partitions and install Windows OS on any partition as long as that partition is big as 20 GB but i will suggest bigger partition size for Windows OS install on around 40 GB storage size. Windows OS can be install on a unallocated storage space Windows OS will format and create any partitions it needs. These are few tips for next time you want to clean install Windows OS.


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