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How to Do a Clean Install of Windows 10

How to Do a Clean Install of Windows 10
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Whether you’re experiencing performance issues, want a fresh start, or are selling your device, a clean install of Windows 10 can rejuvenate your PC. This guide will walk you through the process, highlighting two methods: using the built-in “Reset this PC” feature and creating a bootable installation media.

Before You Begin:

  • Back up your important data! This process will erase all files and programs from your C drive.
  • Gather your Windows 10 product key if you didn’t link it to your Microsoft account.
  • Download drivers for your specific hardware in case Windows doesn’t automatically install them.

Method 1: Reset This PC (Built-in Feature)

  1. Open Settings: Click the Start menu and select “Settings” (gear icon).
  2. Navigate to Update & Security.
  3. Click on “Recovery.”
  4. Under “Reset this PC,” choose “Get started.”
  5. Select “Remove everything” for a clean install.
  6. Choose “Local reinstall” or “Cloud download” based on your preference. Local reinstall uses files from your PC, while Cloud download fetches fresh files from Microsoft.
  7. Choose whether to keep personal files or remove them all.
  8. Review the summary and click “Reset” to begin the process.

Method 2: Bootable Installation Media (USB Drive)

  1. Download the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft’s website.
  2. Create a bootable USB drive using the tool. You’ll need a USB drive with at least 8GB of space.
  3. Boot your PC from the USB drive. Change your boot order in BIOS settings if necessary.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions during the installation process. Enter your product key when prompted.

Additional Tips:

  • Format the C drive during the installation process for a truly clean slate.
  • Connect to the internet after installation to download and install essential drivers and updates.
  • Reinstall your desired programs and restore your backed-up data.
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  • Choose the method that best suits your needs and technical comfort level.
  • Be patient, as the installation process can take some time.
  • Enjoy the performance boost and fresh start with your clean Windows 10 installation!


Consider using third-party disk wiping tools for advanced data erasing needs. Remember that even after formatting, data recovery might be possible in some cases.

I hope this comprehensive guide empowers you to successfully perform a clean install of Windows 10. If you have any further questions or require more specific assistance, feel free to ask!


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Ade Blessing

Ade Blessing is a professional content writer. As a writer, he specializes in translating complex technical details into simple, engaging prose for end-user and developer documentation. His ability to break down intricate concepts and processes into easy-to-grasp narratives quickly set him apart.

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