WIN 10 Upgrade vs WIN 10 Clean Install

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by lobo11, Jul 4, 2015.

  1. lobo11

    lobo11 TOMAHAWK CHOP

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    I did a test for the he l of it, I upgraded to 10162, saved nothing, when installed I ran sfc /scannow to see if their where any problems, yes they were corrupt files, so looked in Logs and
    I could not believe all the stuff that was in there, I don't even know how computer booted, it even had a scrollbar because it would not all fit on same page.
    I really thought something was wrong with my computer, so now I did clean install, ran sfc / scannow to see how many problems there were, NONE.
    The moral of the story is even though it is easier to do upgrade, keep your programs, that is not the way to do it, ALWAYS do clean install, alot of the problems you have now would disappear.
    I run sfc /scannow everyday to check and see if all my system files are in order, If they are not I put on the previous day image backup until sfc finds no problems. You have to be very carefull when you change things in registry, if you change something, run sfc and see if all is OK, if not, reverse what you just did, Remember Clean Install.:D
     
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  2. mtrai

    mtrai MDL Addicted

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    Always a good reminder on ALWAYS doing clean installs vs upgrading.
     
  3. kaljukass

    kaljukass MDL Addicted

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    Where did You got this weird opinion, that the sfc /scannow indicates that everything is OK with files? This is bit outdated opinion.
     
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  4. lobo11

    lobo11 TOMAHAWK CHOP

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    #4 lobo11, Jul 4, 2015
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    I did not say files, but System Files, it's not out dated either, or why do they have sfc /scannow for ;)
     
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  5. lobo11

    lobo11 TOMAHAWK CHOP

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  6. xXBlackWidowXx

    xXBlackWidowXx MDL Junior Member

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    You really started a thread to say this? Everyone knows (by now) that a clean install is far better off than an upgrade. It has been discussed many times in these very forums.
     
  7. lobo11

    lobo11 TOMAHAWK CHOP

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    Well your right in a sense, but people continue to do it, and come here looking for solutions to problems that could have been fixed by simple clean install, do I think thread should be started, I must have, we get new members everyday, and may have not seem all the buried posts, plus since RTM of Win 10 is due, I hope everyone does it right way.,lol :D
     
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  8. Espionage724

    Espionage724 MDL Addicted

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    I knew clean installs were better, but never really knew "how" much better. With all these win10 builds popping up, doing a clean install for every one is... not fun, especially across multiple machines. It's even less fun when something like... 10158 to 10159 happens (released only a day apart).

    But now this /sfc scannow thing has me kind of concerned...
     
  9. burfadel

    burfadel MDL EXE>MSP/CAB

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    For those getting the free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8.1, DO NOT do a fresh install. Make sure your current Windows is activated, upgrade when Windows 10 comes out, make sure it is activated, then you can do a clean install. If you do a straight clean install your licence will not be transferred and you won't be activated. The only way to recover in this instance is to clean install Windows 7 or 8.1 using your key, then activate, upgrade, activate, and then clean install.

    So yes, best to finalise with a clean install, but the typical user will have to upgrade first :).
     
  10. pauldamo

    pauldamo MDL Senior Member

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    i've upgraded all of them,from the first tp to 10162 and only with official builds and do a sfc/scannow after each upgrade, have never found any errors,even with dism.
     
  11. Espionage724

    Espionage724 MDL Addicted

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    Hmm, out of curiosity I also ran sfc /scannow after upgrading from 10159 to 10162, and found no integrity violations.
     
  12. elzna

    elzna MDL Senior Member

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    #13 elzna, Jul 4, 2015
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    As I said in in 10162 thread, when I upgraded from 10158 to 10162, it felt like windows xp system.
    Also in 10158 I had synaptics driver installed, which was removed when 10162 booted up so my touchpad is slow. No driver is now found in windows update.

    Same when I upgraded 9926 to 10158, it was so bad that I decided to do a clean install of 10158. That clean install of 10158 gave me a faster system than the upgrade of 10162 I have now. Even the boot up times were better, boot up time seems to be delayed with 3-7 seconds with upgrades.

    But I am not gonna upgrade until RTM now. It's just barely 2 weeks and then I can format again.
     
  13. Shitagi

    Shitagi MDL Novice

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    Is it possible to downgrade to say W7 and activate, then do an upgrade to W10 TP. And after that do a clean install keeping your activation, or do we have to wait till RTM is out?
     
  14. EFA11

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    wow that just made me dizzy.

    Wait for RTM and lets see what is the best path to go. :)
     
  15. T-S

    T-S MDL Guru

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    #16 T-S, Jul 4, 2015
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    Don't count me.

    Format and reinstall is a looser approach.

    Surely it works, it's obvious. But avoiding to face a small problem that may arise during an upgrade is a way to avoid to learn something.

    My actual w10 installation has its roots in w7 beta, was updated a zillion of times and is still live and kicking.
     
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  16. Trev19

    Trev19 MDL Member

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    I got a question i installed it on my main machine and it's not activated for now when it hits RTM, do i click the activate button? it seems to run really good since its close to RTM. I know not to install on main machine but it's so close and i couldn't help myself.
     
  17. Trev19

    Trev19 MDL Member

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    Same here even with Windows 8.1 Update 1 / to 30 to 62
     
  18. jon5798

    jon5798 MDL Novice

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    I never have issues upgrading to new builds. Question, if you clean install does your start menu restore if you login using the same MS account?
     
  19. halasz

    halasz MDL Member

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    Yes it does. Assuming you haven't changed the defaults it will sync your wallpaper, theme, ie favorites passwords and so on. The default is to sync (if you use a MSA).