NBR Windows 10 Clean Installation Guide

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    If you want to remove all the bloat from your Windows 10 ISO, watch this video




    Downloading and creating the installation media:


    1- Go to the Windows 10 Download Page

    2- Download the Windows 10 Creation media tool

    3- Run the file you just downloaded by right clicking on it and choosing "Run as Administrator"

    4- Choose create installation media for another PC then the language of the ISO you want (ie. English-US)



    5- Choose the architecture (32-Bit or 64-Bit)

    6- Select the 2nd radio button on the next screen which says "Create installation media for another PC"

    7- Insert a USB Flash Disk, I recommend at least an 8GB Flash Disk if you want to create a USB Installation media that contains only one architecture (as in, either 32-Bit or 64-Bit) or a 16GB USB Flash Disk if you want to create a USB Installation Flash disk that contains both 32-Bit and 64-Bit.

    8- On the next screen, "Choose which media to use" , select the first radio button which says "USB Flash Drive"

    9- Hit next and wait for the download / creation of the USB Flash Disk to be completed.


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    How to select Windows Home or Pro when installing Windows 10

    10- Once the USB Flash Disk has been created, keep it plugged in to your PC then reboot and go into your BIOS screen by pressing the F2 or DEL or ESC key depending on which computer you have.


    11- Ensure that "Enable CSM" under the boot menu is DISABLED to ensure we are installing Windows 10 in full UEFI mode. (if your laptop's BIOS has that option)

    12- Also ensure that "Fast Boot" is enabled in the boot menu options (if your laptop's BIOS has that option)

    13- Restart your PC and press they key which is supposed to pull up the boot menu options. As an example, for Alienware computers that would be the F12 key,on ASUS laptops that would be the ESC key. On my MSI laptop, it is the F11 key; so this depends on your computer really. For more info, refer to your motherboard guide.

    14- Once you have the boot menu in front of you which you would've gotten by restarting your computer and continuously bashing that respective key, you will get 2 options that pertain to the Flash Disk drive, once that has a preceding UEFI: and one without.

    Select the one which has UEFI: followed by your flash drive name.

    In my case, this was UEFI: SanDisk_Ultra

    This way, we are booting into the Windows 10 installation environment in UEFI mode.

    15- Once you get the initial License Agreement, then enter your Windows 10 product key when prompted although you can click on the SKIP entering key to proceed without entering a key for now and you still can add your product key once you are in Windows

    If your product Key is embedded in the BIOS and you don't know it, you can find it by using RWEverything:

    Use RWEverything to find the key in the BIOS:

    Download RWEverything and launch it a admin


    Click on ACCESS > ACPI Tables

    Then go to the MSDM Tab:
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    Note: If you don't want to use a USB Flash Disk, you can select the ISO download method.
     
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    Drive Partitioning:

    1- It is imperative that you only have one drive attached to your computer once you are installing Windows, be it Windows 7, 8, or 10, Windows has a nasty habit of placing the boot files on the 2nd drive and/or 2nd partition if it finds one. Thus, we need to ensure we only have one drive attached to the system when we are installing Windows and we need to create only one partition; so if you plan on partitioning your drive into C:, D:, etc. for now, we only want to create the C: Partition so everything will go into C: including the boot files.

    Having the boot files installed on a 2nd partition or 2nd drive not only slows down your boot time if the second drive was a slow HDD, but also will create headaches when creating an image backup of your system.

    Example: You install Windows, setup everything, then backup your C: partition to another partition. When the time comes and you want to restore that image, it would be missing the boot files since they are on another partition/drive. So if your boot files ever get corrupted or infected by some virus, you would have to format and start from scratch.

    Update: solution to install Windows while multiple drives are present without having the boot files placed on the 2nd or 3rd drive present in the system: How to properly install Windows on a system with multiple drives

    2- Once you get to the partition wizard screen which shows you the connected drive and any partitions if they exist, press SHIFT + F10 to pull up the Command Prompt Window.

    3- Once you are at the command prompt, type: diskpart then hit Enter

    4- Type list disk then hit Enter

    5- You will now see the number next to the disk you are trying to install Windows on, if you followed the guide and only had one drive connected, then it would be Disk # 0

    6- Type select disk 0 then hit Enter to make that disk the working disk which diskpart is going to perform its actions on

    7- Type clean then hit Enter

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    8- Now that our disk is wiped and is neither initialized as an MBR Disk nor a GPT Disk, we can go back to the Windows Drive Partition Wizard.

    9- Press refresh on the bottom left of the Window.

    10- Select the empty/unpartitioned space of your drive then click on NEW

    11- Now we need to enter the size of the disk. If you want to setup the disk as a single partition, then just leave the default size alone. If you want to create 2 or more partitions out of your drive. Then enter the number in MB of the partition size you want to allocate for C: which would be the Windows OS Partition.

    Note: The way I do it, and because I don't like seeing my disk size as 100.2 GB for exampe of 99.9 GB, I will show you how to get the exact size to create the partition.

    Example: Let's say you want to create a 200GB Partition for C:

    Using a calculator, enter 200.1 x 1024 which would give you a value of 204,902.4 MB

    Now add 565 MB to that value because Windows needs to create a few other partitions before C: like recovery, system, and MSR

    So your end result would be 204,902 + 565 = 205,467 MB

    So now you can enter 205,467 in the size of the new disk and create it, you will notice that you will get a C: partition of exactly 200.1 GB

    Why did I add the 0.1 GB? because if the partition was exactly 200.0 GB then Windows will display it in Computer as a 199.9 GB partition. So that 0.1 GB we added is to get an exact 200GB Partition.

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    12- At this point, if you have more unpartitioned space, leave it unpartitioned until we get to the Windows desktop

    13- Select the newly created partition, it would usually be the 4th one then hit the NEXT button to start the Windows Installation
     
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    Installing Windows and Initial Configuration Post Installation:

    Now you will see the installation progress, your system may reboot during this process.

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    As soon as you see the initial welcome setup wizard, if your computer's WLAN Adapter's driver was automatically installed by Windows 10, then it will prompt you to connect to the wireless network. DO NOT do that at this point, you will see a small text link that says SKIP. If you do connect to the WLAN network at this take you will be forced to login to Windows using a Microsoft Account which I personally do not recommend but it's up to you.

    Follow the below illustrations to setup the options the same way I did. This will prevent the initial Micro$h4ft spying sessions although we have a lot to do afterwards.

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    Next screenshot would be different than this as I am installing Windows 10 here in a VM so it auto detected an internet connection, you will get your wireless connections here, just click on skip in the bottom left otherwise you will be forced to login with a Microsoft account which I highly do not recommend.

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    DO NOT CONNECT TO THE WIRELESS NETWORK UNTIL WE ARE DONE WITH THE TWEAKS AND DRIVERS INSTALLATION OTHERWISE WINDOWS WILL INSTALL ALL THE DRIVERS FOR YOU. :rolleyes:
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    Tweaks and Privacy Concerns:

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    Remove Cortana Search Toolbar & Task View Button [Optional]:

    Right Click on the taskbar and set the options as illustrated below:

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    How to uninstall all metro apps in Windows 10


    I've always wanted to get rid of all the metro apps in Windows 10 but it only allows you to uninstall a few and not all of them. Apps that I never will use like Photos, Maps, Music, Videos, etc. cannot be uninstalled.
    I have tried several ways through PowerShell before to uninstall them but have never got it to work. Finally, a free portable app came out that actually works. I was able to successfully uninstall every metro app!


    Download CCleaner then extract the ZIP Contents to a folder

    Right click on CCleaner64.exe then choose RUN AS ADMIN

    From the left pane, click on TOOLS

    You will now see all the Microsoft store apps, click on each one, then click uninstall from the right, wait for 10 seconds, then do the same for the next Microsoft Store app until you remove all the ones that you don't need.

    Do not remove the Store app itself unless you are 100% sure that you will never need to download any of the garbage from the Microsoft Store. I personally remove them all
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    Before we start, right click on the Start Menu Flag in the bottom left, then click on Control Panel then change the view to large icons:

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    Next, scroll down and locate "System" then from the left pane, click on Advanced System Settings > Computer Name

    Now enter a description like "Papusan's Laptop"

    Then click on Change at the bottom to change your computer's name and reboot when prompted.

    We want you to do this right now as it will ensure proper operation of the group policy rules that we are going to tweak soon since they are tagger by the Computer name\Username\Rule Name

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    Disable Autoplay [Optional]:

    Go to Control Panel > AutoPlay , then disable all the AutoPlay options as shown below:


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    Folder Options:

    Go to Control Panel > Folder Options , then set them as per the illustrations below:

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    Disable Windows Defender:

    Unless you really want to use a useless anti-virus that is almost as good as nothing (see: AV-TEST ), has annoying definition updates that are delivered through Windows Updates rather than automatically through the app itself like it should, then here is how to disable it.

    Firstly, please note that we need to disable its 3 components one by one exiting the settings after each setting change and going back. If you disable all the 3 settings together, Windows may freeze forcing you to do a forced restart or Windows Defender will simply ignore the fact that you just disable it and re-enable itself automatically.

    1) Click on the start menu button then click on SETTINGS

    2) Click on the Update & Security button

    3) Click on Windows Defender from the left pane

    4) Disable the components one by one, starting from the bottom (3rd option):

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    5) Now exit the Update and Security Window and re-enter again then repeat the same steps to disable the 2nd component:

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    6) Now exit the Update and Security Window and re-enter again then repeat the same steps to disable the 3rd component, after this step, you will notice the Windows Defender app turns the PC Status to RED = ie. Not Protected :):

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    After you do that, do this (you cannot do Step 1-3 though if you have Windows 10 home or single Language as it doesn't have the Group Policy Editor):

    1) Press WIN Key + R to launch the Run Dialogue Box then type gpedit.msc
    2) Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender > then double click on Turn off Windows Defender and enable that rule then press Apply then OK to exit
    3) Reboot your system
    4) Download Autoruns
    5) Extract it to a folder
    6) Right click on Autoruns64.exe then launch it as Administrator
    7) in the filter on the top left, type defender, then disable these three entries by unchecking them (should you need to enable Windows Defender in the future, you need to reselect them and reboot before trying to re-enable Windows Defender)

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    If you happen to see other Windows Defender entries as shown in the screenshot below, uncheck everything related to Windows Defender that includes EPP which is the right click menu shell extension and scheduled tasks:

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    How to disable the Windows Defender Security Health Service:

    While you can easily disable Windows Defender and all its startup entries/tasks in task scheduler, there is one service that is protected if you check in services.msc and won't allow you to change its status to disabled.

    Here is how you can disable it:

    1) Download NSudo 4.0
    2) Extract the content of the ZIP file to a location of your choice.
    3) Go to the following folder: NSudo v4.0\x64
    4) Right click on NSudo.exe and choose Run as Administrator
    5) Check the box which says Enable All Privileges
    6) Click the Browse Button and navigate to C:\Windows\System32
    7) type cmd.exe in the file name box at the bottom then click on the Open button
    8) your NSudo window should now look like this:

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    9) Click the Run Button, the command prompt window should now launch
    10) Copy/paste the following command in the Command Prompt Window then hit Enter to run it, this will stop the Windows Defender Security Center Service: sc stop SecurityHealthService
    11) Copy/paste the following command in the Command Prompt Window then hit Enter to run it, this will disable the Windows Defender Security Center Service: sc config SecurityHealthService start= disabled

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    12) Done
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    Taskbar and Start Menu Properties [Optional]:

    This is how I set mine as I hate when different windows I open are combined into one group, takes on extra setup to click on the grouped items to select the folder I want and is just too darn annoying (personal opinion):

    1) Right click on the taskbar then select Settings.

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    2) Set the options as illustrated below:

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    Language Settings:

    After adding the languages that you want (in case you had extra language to add other than English that is), go to Control Panel > Languages > Advanced Settings from the top left pane

    Set the options as illustrated below:

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