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Reinstalling Windows 10, doesn't let you choose which drive or partition?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

So i've always reinstalled Windows 7 using the disc and it let me choose which drives/partition I wanted to format but apparently Windows 10 makes everything dumb by not even letting you choose which drive or partition gets formatted?

 

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How do I let it choose which drives I want to format and which not?

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You need to boot from the W10 disc or USB drive. It then will let you format your partitions.


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Just now, bruny06 said:

You need to boot from the W10 disc or USB drive. It then will let you format your partitions.

Damn, I dont have those. I upgraded for free over the internet from my windows 7.

 

If only they didn't try to make things easier by making them more complicated. What ever happened to giving PC users control?

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1 minute ago, ramm said:

Damn, I dont have those. I upgraded for free over the internet from my windows 7.

 

If only they didn't try to make things easier by making them more complicated. What ever happened to giving PC users control?

Are you currently on Windows 7 and upgrading to Windows 10? In my experience with Windows 10 upgrades from Windows 7, it is ALWAYS better to do a fresh install. You can use any USB drive with 8GB minimum storage space to create your own Windows 10 bootable drive. I would suggest backing up everything you need and do a clean install of windows 10.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, bruny06 said:

Are you currently on Windows 7 and upgrading to Windows 10? In my experience with Windows 10 upgrades from Windows 7, it is ALWAYS better to do a fresh install. You can use any USB drive with 8GB minimum storage space to create your own Windows 10 bootable drive. I would suggest backing up everything you need and do a clean install of windows 10.

I reinstalled Windows 7 from CD like 1 or 2 years ago and then right after windows 7 was freshly installed I upgraded to windows 10.

 

Not sure if this is/was the best course of action.

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If you already did update win7 to 10, you have a working 10 license.

In that case, go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 and download the tool to create installation media.

Use the tool to create a USB flash drive, install Windows from it, and once you login with your M$ account it will activate Windows.

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On 5/16/2019 at 1:12 PM, 191x7 said:

If you already did update win7 to 10, you have a working 10 license.

In that case, go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 and download the tool to create installation media.

Use the tool to create a USB flash drive, install Windows from it, and once you login with your M$ account it will activate Windows.

thanks, im making the USB drive right now. However i'm not sure if I have a microsoft account. Ivé never logged in on one so i'm not sure how that would go?

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You don't need to use Microsoft account to activate Windows. Windows itself queries the activation server automatically during installation and if license is found for your Hardware ID it will automatically activate it for you. Meaning you had to activate your Windows copy on your current system at least once and it'll be active forever until you change your system enough to change the Hardware ID as well.

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11 hours ago, RejZoR said:

You don't need to use Microsoft account to activate Windows. Windows itself queries the activation server automatically during installation and if license is found for your Hardware ID it will automatically activate it for you. Meaning you had to activate your Windows copy on your current system at least once and it'll be active forever until you change your system enough to change the Hardware ID as well.

Ah ok, i've never really understood how hardware id works. But im planning on purchasing&installing a new GPU and then formatting the PC along with that to make it run even smoother. Would I have to install win10 on a system with my old gpu first? I'd rather not obviously cause I would have to uninstall those drivers and I wanna start clean. But I dont know if I have to.

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Hardware ID generally only changes on big hardware changes. Usually changing your motherboard with another one is what triggers re-activation every single time. Changing graphic card shouldn't ever trigger it, same for RAM upgrades and I don't think I had to reactivate it when I changed my HDD to SSD. Also, this is more important only for Windows DSP versions that are meant to only be installed on one system and stick with it till the end of its use cycle and then that copy is gone forever if you recycle the system. If you have a retail version of Windows that you bought separately, all you have to do is just re-activate it and you're good since it has no activation limitations.

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6 hours ago, RejZoR said:

Hardware ID generally only changes on big hardware changes. Usually changing your motherboard with another one is what triggers re-activation every single time. Changing graphic card shouldn't ever trigger it, same for RAM upgrades and I don't think I had to reactivate it when I changed my HDD to SSD. Also, this is more important only for Windows DSP versions that are meant to only be installed on one system and stick with it till the end of its use cycle and then that copy is gone forever if you recycle the system. If you have a retail version of Windows that you bought separately, all you have to do is just re-activate it and you're good since it has no activation limitations.

Ok thanks. Just in case anything isn't working I could always contact microsoft with my win7 key and they might hook me up?

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If by some weird chance that happens, yes. You'll just have to explain them why it happened and they'll reactivate it for you. I've done that when my motherboard died and got new one. I was using Windows DSP so I couldn't just reactivate. But MS folks did it for me.

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5 hours ago, RejZoR said:

If by some weird chance that happens, yes. You'll just have to explain them why it happened and they'll reactivate it for you. I've done that when my motherboard died and got new one. I was using Windows DSP so I couldn't just reactivate. But MS folks did it for me.

based microsoft, pretty sure apple wouldnt do this they'd charge extra

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