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May 1, 2017  3:51 PM

Insider Preview Clean Install Confers Insights

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, Windows 10

As I explained in a recent blog post, I'm busy rebuilding my Win10 desktop test PC. (Details: "Balky Mobo Caused Insider Boot Woes," 4/28/17.) For the past few hours, I've been...

June 17, 2016  11:26 AM

Windows 10 Fresh Start Tool Appears

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, Management tools, Windows 10

I've more or less stopped covering Insider Preview releases for Windows 10 in this blog. That's because they're coming fast and furious now, and admins usually have more to do than track beta OS releases. But yesterday, when MS released its second build this week -- namely 14367 -- the covering


February 12, 2016  10:38 AM

Clean Win10 Install: Few Updates Needed

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, Windows 10

With the introduction of a new Windows 10 Cumulative Update on a "once-a-month-or-better" frequency, it's been said that clean installs should require only a few updates to bring a brand-new Windows 10 install completely up to date. After performing a bare-metal install yesterday on a new PC, I...


December 30, 2015  2:51 PM

Yes, Virginia: A Clean Install Still Makes a Difference!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, SSD, Windows 10

Over the past couple of days, I've reinstalled Windows 10 on my colleague Kim's Lenovo T530 laptop. I also installed a Samsung EVO 840 mSATA SSD as the unit's new boot drive. The prior occupant of that role was a three-year-old HGST 500 GB HDD (probably still a Hitachi hard disk at the time it was...


September 9, 2015  10:08 AM

The Politics of Clean Install

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, Windows 10, Windows Upgrades

For years and years, I've subscribed to the notion that a clean Windows install -- as opposed to an upgrade -- can be a desirable thing. In cruising the Web, I see that my belief is still shared by the vast majority of Windows experts and mavens. However, a response to my most recent blog from...


September 7, 2015  11:44 AM

Oho! Explaining Clean Install for Win10 on Upgraded PCs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, windows 10 upgrade, Windows installation

I'd been wondering for some time how one could perform a clean install on an upgraded Windows 10 machine without providing a key. Thanks to the nice folks at the Windows Ten...

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August 17, 2015  9:05 AM

Win10 Upgrade Score So Far: 10 attempts, 3 Failures (1 Fixed)

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, Windows 10, Windows installation

If you did a headcount of PCs here at Chez Tittel, you'd find only 8 of them. "So how is it that Ed has made 10 attempts?" you might be tempted to ask. The old saying: "If at first you don't succeed,..." provides the answer, and also finally gives me some good advice to dispense for achieving a...


November 26, 2014  10:10 AM

ISOs Available for Win10 Build 9879

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, Windows 10

As of Monday, MS has made ISOs available for the latest Windows 10 build, 9879 -- and apparently, the final complete build for 2014. Grab it from this Windows Insider Program Web page entitled " 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


September 17, 2014  10:12 AM

Ack! Emergency WinReBuild Goes Surprisingly Smoothly

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, Windows 8.1, Windows installation

I'm not sure exactly what happened to my son's Dell XPS2720 All-in-One PC last week, but following the application of the Update Tuesday patches and fixes, the machine started flaking out big-time. The most obvious symptom was a set of recurring errors reporting a damaged or corrupt file named


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