Upgrading to Windows 10
October 17, 2015 Leave a comment
If you are thinking of upgrading to Windows 10, but prefer a fresh and clean installation there is one or maybe two options for you so you can still be entitled to the free upgrade [until late July 2016, of course]:
- With Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 running, insert the Windows 10 media and run SETUP.EXE from the root of the DVD. Install normally but when asked, choose to save nothing. This worked for me in my only try so far with this procedure.
- Untested but some say with the original Microsoft media [not the Media Creation Tool created media], you can boot off the media, wipe the disk and enter a valid Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 serial number and it will be considered an upgrade. Unsure why one would be different from another.
Reminder: The second option is untested especially off the original Windows 10 RTM build.
One of the changes in a major update coming late November [if on time] is that you will definitely be upgrade with a fresh installation using a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 serial number.
Reminder: Prior to doing this you should back up your data and take note of what applications you have installed as well as software needed for your hardware such as special/premium drivers for your GPU, printer, etc. Drivers from the manufacturer are generally better than what is included in the installation.
Note that the majority of drivers in a Windows installation did come from the manufacturer except some common hardware.
As usual, use at your own risk.