Note that the N version of Windows 10 is for some European countries and will not include Windows Media Player. Confirm that all the device drivers have been recognized and installed correctly. This is not so much of an issue if you are on a desktop or laptop with a large hard drive however, on systems with small storage devices it can recover a few gigabytes of space which can be helpful. If you already have done a clean install there will be no windows. If you click the Decline button, Cortana will still be available on the taskbar, but it won't collect information about you. You can do this by making sure to upload your files to or to the cloud storage service that you prefer.
Alternatively, you can use tools like to retrieve the activation key from your current setup. When finished, close everything out. This should save you a lot of bandwidth in the long run so do not remove these files using the Disk Cleanup tool. Once you've completed the steps, your settings will apply to the installation, and then you'll be directed to the desktop. Enter the 25-character product key and then click Next button. Checking Windows 10 activation If you're trying to install a feature update or start fresh with a clean installation on a device that's already running Windows 10, you don't need to re-enter a product key during the setup.
Note that this method is quite involved, though self-explanatory, so make sure you know what you're doing or are willing to learn a few new things. The good news is that the license Microsoft is providing will allow you to clean install Windows 10 on the same device at any time. You can assign settings as you see fit. For the sake of this tutorial, we chose to enter an email address that of course showed that yes, we do have a valid Windows 10 product activation. A better option would be to additionally or alternatively create an entire system backup image using a utility like Acronis True Image or Macrium Reflect so you can simply restore your previous installation to its exact self if something goes wrong or doesn't work out later on. You can use the to make bootable media to reinstall Windows 10.
Another advantage worth to point out is that performing an upgrade will also allow you to roll back to Windows 7 or Windows 8. If you chose to use Cortana, you'll probably need to keep all of the options on the next screen turned on,or else some features will not likely work or won't work as expected. Once you've completed the steps, if you're sharing your device with multiple people, repeat step No. The installation will continue, and Windows 10 will reactivate your existing license. As always, back up your computer before doing this clean installation, just in case.
Check the box indicating you agree to the license terms and click Next. You can't do this if you perform a clean install by booting from the Windows 10 installation media. That meant installing the update on top of Windows 8 itself. The process drags old files, settings, and programs from your previous Windows system to your new one. This option gives you an opportunity to get a fresh start with Windows 10 - same benefits of what we refer to as a clean install. I like to do a clean install of the operating system even though it takes more time and more work.
There are two settings that you might want to turn off: Automatically connect to suggested open hotspots option. It's because the company is making Windows 10 a free upgrade to every computer running a genuine copy of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Any desktop related apps had to be reinstalled separately. Upgrading can sometimes cause issues The caveat is how these feature updates install on your device. However, performing an upgrade can also be problematic.
Win 10 and Win 7 needless to say performs much faster and runs more stable when installed this way. The second entry in this list of space consuming files is the Temporary Internet Files. After that reverting back means reinstallation of your former version of Windows. In my personal experience, on one of my computers, I opted out to use Windows Update to upgrade. One you can delete the other you should retain. However, usually doing an upgrade using Windows Update or the Media Creation Tool will cause undesired results. In fact, Microsoft hopes to upgrade over , and at this rate, chances look promising.
You can choose Do it later, but it makes no difference aside from identify verification whether or not you do this. If the Windows setup can't recognize different hardware in your computer, you'll have to manually find and install all the necessary drivers. Since logging in with your Microsoft account syncs settings and apps there is no longer a need for those to be saved during the process. Personally, I like to create an installation media. In fact, I have used the Reset option on each new Windows Insider Preview build over the last six weeks or so with great success for testing purposes. Problem that and promised to have a resolution. After the upgrade, there are chances that applications and peripherals may not work correctly, and it could result on additional time trying to troubleshoot and fix the problems.
In the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview it only has the Reset entry however, options under it allow you to keep your files or to remove all files and reinstall Windows. If you haven't upgraded, you probably are still wondering, what is the best option to upgrade to Windows 10? The new operating system will simply replace your previous installation, and you'll be able to keep all of your files and programs. However, many of these issues can easily be avoided doing a clean install of Windows 10, instead of an in-place upgrade keeping files and apps. This new model allows the company to release big updates with features around every six months. The following steps will help guide you through the process of getting Windows 10 clutter-free in preparation of making a backup image or just for general principles. Quick Tip: If you don't want to use a Microsoft account, click the Offline account option at the bottom left corner to create a traditional local account. Do you prefer a clean install or upgrade keeping files and apps? It's also a useful choice to start fresh with a copy of on a new hard drive that you just replaced, or to set up a new device that came pre-installed with a lot of bloatware.