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Fresh install of win 10?


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#1 Red Kelt

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 11:22 AM

I've had my PC about 2 years now and it came with Win 8.1 and got upgraded with win 10.

 

I've downloaded from MS a win 10 installation to a pen and backed up the files I want to keep.

 

Besides just running the install from the pen is there anything else I really ought to do or will the installation set up my PC adequately?

 

Oh!  Will the product key that came with my PC be ok?  I guess that's important?

 

the discs I have got that came with the PC are:

 

Win 8.1 recovery disc

Gigabyte mb disc

Graphics card disc

SSD disc.

 

Many thanks for reading.


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Posted 03 February 2017 - 01:35 PM

You do not need a key as Windows 10 activation is stored on Microsoft servers. Because you downloaded Windows 10, I assume using the Media Creation Tool, you may have to install additional drivers after completing the install of 10. Other than that you should be good to go if you are sure all your data is backed up including any license files for Office and other purchased programs. Did you back up your browser favorites/bookmarks?



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Posted 03 February 2017 - 01:39 PM

You do not need a key as Windows 10 activation is stored on Microsoft servers. Because you downloaded Windows 10, I assume using the Media Creation Tool, you may have to install additional drivers after completing the install of 10. Other than that you should be good to go if you are sure all your data is backed up including any license files for Office and other purchased programs. Did you back up your browser favorites/bookmarks?

 

Well I'll have to re download office 2016 which I have on subscription, that ought to be on the MS I think.  Norton's too and Malwarebytes.



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Posted 03 February 2017 - 01:42 PM

Yes, if you have a subscription to Office then you are okay. 



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Posted 03 February 2017 - 01:57 PM

I cant see how to save bookmarks in Edge though.



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Posted 03 February 2017 - 02:08 PM

I am not familiar with Edge, sorry but I did find this.

 

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/import-export-edge-favorites-html



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Posted 03 February 2017 - 03:55 PM

Oh dear.

 

Tried to install Win 10.  It refused to install on the primary drive and now the PC wont boot up to the old windows.

 

It will load up on the install pen drive to the choose a drive option but says all partitions are not suitable and it wont format them.

 

It will also boot to bios.

 

I'm on my older PC writng this.

 

Any ideas?

 

Thanks.



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Posted 03 February 2017 - 03:59 PM

I am not familiar with Edge, sorry but I did find this.

 

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/import-export-edge-favorites-html

 

Can you see the above post please :)



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Posted 03 February 2017 - 04:22 PM

How did you create the bootable USB flash drive?

Did you use the Media Creation Tool?

What is the model of the Gigabyte motherboard?

 

When you boot the USB flash drive do you get to the screen where it asks for language? If yes then at that screen press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt.

 

Type the following commands.

 

diskpart     This will open the diskpart command prompt

list disk

select disk X      Where X is the number associated with the disk you are installing Windows to. This is usually disk 0

clean                  This will delete all current partitions on the hard drive. That is why you need to make sure you are selecting the correct disk number

convert GPT       This is why I asked for a model of the motherboard. If fairly new it will be UEFI which requires a GPT disk

exit                      exits out of diskpart

exit                      exits out of command prompt

 

continue with the install



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Posted 03 February 2017 - 04:34 PM

I've done that.  Installation proceeding and appears normal.  I've done lots in the past but I never had problems.

 

Sir, you are a magician :)

 

I'll let you know if it completes ok.



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Posted 03 February 2017 - 04:58 PM

How did you create the bootable USB flash drive?

Did you use the Media Creation Tool?

What is the model of the Gigabyte motherboard?

 

When you boot the USB flash drive do you get to the screen where it asks for language? If yes then at that screen press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt.

 

Type the following commands.

 

diskpart     This will open the diskpart command prompt

list disk

select disk X      Where X is the number associated with the disk you are installing Windows to. This is usually disk 0

clean                  This will delete all current partitions on the hard drive. That is why you need to make sure you are selecting the correct disk number

convert GPT       This is why I asked for a model of the motherboard. If fairly new it will be UEFI which requires a GPT disk

exit                      exits out of diskpart

exit                      exits out of command prompt

 

continue with the install

 

Well that worked, thank you so much.

One thing though, my wallpaper from the previous install is there, how come? 

My other documents are all gone as I expected.



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Posted 03 February 2017 - 05:12 PM

Your Welcome,

It's possible the wallpaper image was stored on another drive but I'm not sure how the image would be detected on a clean install.



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Posted 03 February 2017 - 05:17 PM

Your Welcome,

It's possible the wallpaper image was stored on another drive but I'm not sure how the image would be detected on a clean install.

 

Its also saved my bookmarks in Edge, could it be that things were saved in the cloud via my Microsoft account?  Passwords weren't saved!



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Posted 03 February 2017 - 05:34 PM

Yes, I forgot about that. Your Microsoft account probably synced your bookmarks and wallpaper. Good catch. I am not sure about passwords. I don't use Microsoft accounts, only local. 

 

Edit: This link may help

 

http://www.ghacks.net/2016/07/31/how-to-reset-your-windows-10-password/

 

and here

 

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie11-iewindows_10/windows-10-stored-passwords-credential-mgr-deleted/3d5c1d42-56b5-4b9d-84c9-076c632efd41


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Posted 03 February 2017 - 05:37 PM

Yes, I forgot about that. Your Microsoft account probably synced your bookmarks and wallpaper. Good catch. I am not sure about passwords. I don't use Microsoft accounts, only local. 

 

Well the Microsoft cloud just restored all my emails and email folders too.  Very good, they're doing something right despite all the moaning about them.

 

Can you recommend disk imaging software?  I used to use Acronis.






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