How to install Windows 10 with formatting hard drive?

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The problem in the following: I have a key to Wndows 8.1, and I would like to install the Windows 10 version, but not just updating the previous one, but to make a clean installation by reformatting the system partition. Will my key be valid for Windows 10?
asked Feb 18, 2016 in Computers by anonymous

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This is a very common question. After all, with the release of Windows 10, Microsoft has changed the activation algorithm. In this article, we consider the main points of installing Windows 10 on the computer previously working on Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1.

Preparing to install windows 10

To begin with, I would like to warn you once again: are you sure you want to switch to a new operating system? Do you have a good reason for that? The fact is that even though the system has already been installed on more than 100 million computers and released a large number of updates, there is still a chance that something may go wrong. I advise you to wait a few months, especially if you want to update the computer at your working place.

So, if you already decided to update the operating system, let’s start! You have correctly decided to install Windows 10 from scratch. After all, surely the current system installed on your computer now has been there for a long time and has gained a lot of unnecessary files. If you install a new Windows 10 without removing the 8th version you may get into a situation, when it is not clear, which errors have emerged due to Windows 10 installation and which of them are just ghosts from the previous operating system version. 

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How to do a clean install of Windows 10

The answer to your question is no. The keys to the Windows 7 and 8 are not valid for Windows 10. And there are no ways to convert them. And there are only two ways to go. You can either install Windows 10 from the image with formatting the hard disk or buy a license. But the second option is not a good idea, as you already paid for one. Therefore, you can use the second method. First, you need to still install Windows 10 on your currently working operating system. This way your license will get approved and your computer will be registered on a Microsoft server. After that you can start a clean installation of Windows 10: download the image and install it. During the first connection to the Internet the activation will happen automatically. The most important thing to remember is not to change the configuration of your computer in the process of updating your OS.

That's all for a successful installation!

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answered Feb 18, 2016 by Expert Ryan (8,620 points)
selected Feb 21, 2016 by Expert Brian

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