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Master Geek

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# 257330 26-Sep-2019 10:43
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My PC was bought just before Windows 10 came on the scene.  It originally had Windows 7 professional installed but has since been upgraded to Windows 10.  Its always run well until the last month or so and has been getting progressively slugish.  I don't think there's any viruses - but you never know (virus software is just windows defender plus malwarebytes premium).  Its a reasonably grunty machine - i7 processor, 32GB Ram and solid state disk containing the operating system


I decided that I wanted to start again with a new install so went through the Win10 recovery process.  After a bit of thought, I decided to use the windows Fresh Start which keepsall of my personal files and some of the windows settings.  


Unfortunately, after only a day, the PC has gone back to its old ways - possibly because some of my old settings have been retained... maybe.


I thinking now of doing a Reset, but am concerned that this may reinstall the original Windows 7 - and then I'd have to go through the upgrade process to Wi10, possibly having to pay..


So, my questions are, if anyone can help:


- if I do a reset, will I go back to the original Win7 - and if I subsequently upgrade to Win10 will I have to pay for another subscription


- is there a better way of getting a completely clean install of Win 10 - again without having to pay for another subscription.


All my date is well backed up, so I don't need to be concerned about this.


Any help much appreciated.

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  # 2325127 26-Sep-2019 10:46
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Do a clean Win10. So long as you are signed into an MS account for sign in, it will have your Win10 activation with it, so reinstalling and signing in will activate it OK.



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  # 2325134 26-Sep-2019 10:59
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Using W10, you can create a USB key to install W10. That way you can run the install to delete the partition so it's completely fresh. An article like this (found randomly on Google) might help. It'll use your current license.


Of course your data all needs to be backed up.


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Master Geek

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  # 2331779 7-Oct-2019 11:14
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If you upgraded during the window, you would have a digital entitlement as far as the Windows activation servers are concerned so even if you got prompted, you can provide your Win7 key and it will work. 


The reset function just relates to Windows 10 so it won't downgrade you to 7 (especially if you've gotten rid of the Windows.old folder after you upgraded).

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