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Guide To Upgrading/Clean Installing Windows 10 On Your PC

Windows 10 so far seems to be a smash hit among users, with Microsoft reporting that the software was installed on over 14 million devices within the first 24 hours.

WIndows 10 Start Menu

The software is a huge improvement over Windows 8, especially on a non-touch device. Even otherwise, Windows 10 is beautiful to look at, its functionality is fluid and it performs really well.

However, as it is with all new software, there are a few kinks around the edges that anyone upgrading to Windows 10 right now should be aware of.

Activation

Microsoft has an invite system to let users upgrade to Windows 10. A few users haven’t yet got the invite (I hadn’t got it till the time I upgraded) but you can use the ‘media creation tool’ to forcefully get your PC onto Windows 10 anyway.

While you don’t have to wait for the update to reach you to install Windows 10, it’s advisable to do so since a few users are facing activation issues. Microsoft collects system information at the time of the update allowing it to register it and activate your copy of Windows 10 forever.

However, with the forced install, some users are facing issues of activation, especially if you create an install media to load Windows 10 onto another computer. The good news is that most people are reporting that the activation issue solves itself after a few minutes.

Product Key

When doing a fresh install of Windows 10 on a PC via a bootable flash drive or DVD you’re prompted to enter a product key. However, this isn’t the same key that came with your Windows 7 or Windows 8 copy, but a new key that will have been applied to your device once you updated.

In order to check if your copy of Windows 10 is activated you can head to Start Menu > Settings > Update and security> Activation. If your device says it’s activated, great, if not then you’re going to have to figure something else out.

Top tip: let the Windows 10 update install in order to let Microsoft register your device once it’s installed. Then use ProduKey to find out your Windows 10 product key which you can note down and use when you Install Windows 10 from scratch.

Creating Install Media

The Microsoft media creation tool has an option to create a bootable flash drive or ISO for installation of Windows on another computer. Once you have a bootable installer, you can use it to wipe your PC and install a fresh copy of Windows 10.

While creating the install file, you need to specify the version (either 32-bit or 64-bit) and language. Make sure you select the version to be the same as your previous version of Windows. Installing from a flash drive is faster but the smallest USB stick you’ll be able to use is 4GB.

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