Windows 10 [How to] Clean Install and Activate Windows 10

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  1. Rolo

    Rolo Level 18

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    It isn't officially available. cf. ESDtoISO
     
  2. Sher

    Sher Level 10

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    Does it apply to Windows 7 OEM?
     
  3. Sloth

    Sloth New Member

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    Yes, its applicable to all versions provided you have a genuine copy. But its 28th already and MS has already started rolling out the update files for the upgrade. So its better to go with the official upgrade rather than using the 10240 ISO.
     
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  4. Sher

    Sher Level 10

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    @Sloth: I'll perform an upgrade first. However, if I perform a clean install in the near future, how will it get activated?
     
  5. Kardo Kristal

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    @Sher Your license is connected with hardware. I guess they save some hardware information and then connect it with license. Next time when your PC is online, it will be activated automatically (without user input). :)

    Please note that when you upgrade/change your hardware then probably your license will be invalid.

    I hope it helps. :)

    Regards,
    Kardo
     
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  6. kmr1684

    kmr1684 Level 3

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    Please note that when you upgrade/change your hardware then probably your license will be invalid.

    i seriously hate this part, when hdd failed then i have to run my pc with that damaged hdd, great next what stupid M$:mad:
     
  7. Tani

    Tani Level 8

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    well it can be connected to hardware but not hdd I'm sure, it's something that often is changed due to failures or so.
     
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  8. Sher

    Sher Level 10

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    Changing a HDD won't make any difference.
     
  9. kmr1684

    kmr1684 Level 3

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    ok mate i will come according to your statement when i upgrade my mother and processor and graphics card then, i need to purchase again, really stupid idea from M$, bind to the hardware id.
     
  10. kmr1684

    kmr1684 Level 3

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    yes but M$ stupids does not explain properly which hardware id exactly, if you have please enlighten me.
     
  11. Tani

    Tani Level 8

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    yes it could have been connected to our microsoft accounts as almost everyone uses one on their machines.
     
  12. Sloth

    Sloth New Member

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    AFAIK, changing HDD is not an issue.

    Windows 8/8.1 keys are tied to motherboards and I think its the same for older versions too.

    So I guess that it will be the same for Win10 too. :)

    If you have a retail copy, then you can deactivate the key & use it in a new PC (or motherboard).
     
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  13. Umbra

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    OP edited with clearer procedure
     
  14. Sloth

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    #34 Sloth, Aug 3, 2015
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    From what I read, users are getting ISO's with different size/SHA1 when using the microsoft tool. So I think that people who like to do a clean install after doing the upgrade to download the ISO with the following SHA1 sum as it supports both home & pro versions.

    Code:
    SHA-1: 60CCE9E9C6557335B4F7B18D02CFE2B438A8B3E2
    Please don't ask for download links. Just search that SHA1 sum in google and you'll get download links.
     
  15. Oxygen

    Oxygen Level 42

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    Am I able to do as many clean installs as I want? I called Microsoft and they said you need to go back to the previous Windows version.
     
  16. Umbra

    Umbra From Emsisoft
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    on the same computer, clean install of Win10, yes normally, unless they changed something since i did the guide.

    Microsoft's hotline is sometimes less knowledgeable than some forums users :D
     
  17. Oxygen

    Oxygen Level 42

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    Thanks.

    I wish Microsoft just generated custom keys for everyone though.... it would be less trouble.

    Master Umbra is at it again.
     
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  18. Ashu Kumar

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    #38 Ashu Kumar, Aug 15, 2015
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    You can create your own Windows 10 ISO from an ESD file downloaded through Windows update.
    you can find it in "C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download".

    There is a well documented post on this link.
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...d/d2768b51-221a-436e-af4e-d3b9118a8864?auth=1

    and since this ESD to ISO on Microsoft Community, one can vouch for its authenticity and it worked well for me without any problem. :)
     
  19. Rolo

    Rolo Level 18

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    It isn't as an MSA isn't required; it is purely connected to the activation server.

    There are explanations of this; I just read a detailed one a few weeks ago but I can't find it. Small changes (hard drive, adding some RAM, changing a video card) won't trigger activation but changing several things at once may. Additionally, changing the motherboard will trigger it as will, sometimes, flashing BIOS.
     
  20. Yash Khan

    Yash Khan Level 51

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    I too used ISO created from ESD & no probs upgrade/install Win 10 here.
     
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