#Windows10 #Install – How to download and and carry out a clean install of Windows 10 : Windows 10 is the latest version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system, following on from Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, and was released as a free upgrade to all existing customers.
For the first time in Windows’ illustrious history, the new OS is available exclusively via online download, which means there’s no CD, no floppy disk and no USB key. This can make installation a tricky prospect.
Thankfully, there are a number of ways to migrate old systems to Windows 10. Some methods make the switch while preserving all the computers’ files and settings, but if you want to carry out a clean install, some methods will revert the PC back to its original factory state.
If they decide that they don’t like Windows 10 after all, users can freely roll back to their previous OS at any point in the first 30 days. If you haven’t yet updated your PC to Windows 10, you’ve sadly missed your chance to take advantage of the free upgrade, which expired on 29 July 2016.
This means that you’ll have to stump up the cash for a Windows 10 license. Windows 10 Home is available from the Microsoft Store for £99.99 inc VAT, or you can pick up Windows 10 Pro for £189.99 inc VAT.
You can choose to either download the update directly, or Microsoft can sent you a Windows 10 USB which you can use to install it. While installing in place with older versions of Windows was a scary enough process that we wouldn’t have recommended it, it’s a far easier thing with Windows 10.
The first way is the most straightforward but will take longer. If you’re unsure about using Microsoft’s latest and greatest, go for the latter method instead which is faster but involves a little more work.
Please remember that if you have a retail copy of Windows 7 or 8/8.1, you can transfer your licence to a new computer by first installing Windows 7/8.1 on another computer and then upgrade to Windows 10 using one of the methods below.