Upgrading to Windows 10 preparation?

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  1. Aeyix

    Aeyix Notebook Evangelist

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    I have a Clevo P150EM (Sager NP9150) and I plan to upgrade from Window 8.1 Pro with Media Center within the next month before the free upgrade period expires. Is there anything I need to do or prepare before installing the update through windows update? Such as uninstalling things like my nvidia graphics driver?

    I always prefer doing clean installations. After I upgrade through windows update, am I able to do a clean installation from an iso on a usb/dvd? Will it ask me for a key? If so where do I find my key?
     
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    I did that a while back (and then reverted back to windows 7, didn't like Windows 10), it never asked me for a key.
    What you do is make sure your old windows is activated, backup all your data, and then run the upgrade.
    Once the upgrade is complete, you run a system reset, there's an option to wipe all user data (it essentially does a clean install) and you're done. I don't think windows 10 asks for license keys, if I remember correctly, our IT guy said that its hardware ID based. If you have a valid copy of old Windows, your machine's unique ID will be sent to Microsoft and it'll automatically activate.

    Things may have changed since winter though, someone correct me if im wrong.

    Cheers!

    EDIT: Double check on the media center thing, I don't remember there being media center in W10
     
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    now you can clean install Windows 10 using your current Win 7/8 product key and it would activate just fine. No need to waste time on the upgrade

    NBR Windows 10 Clean Installation Guide
     
  4. Krowe

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    lol, well that makes things easier, still a terrible OS though IMHO.
     
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    no doubt about that. Why am I using it then?

    Because Windows 7 sucks with NVMe drives, 30+ seconds boot time and degraded performance even if you applied the Windows Hotfix for NVMe.

    Windows 8.1 I'll never touch because it forces you to login with a Micro$h4ft account if you want to use OneDrive unlike Windows 7 or 10 where you can have a local account and still use OneDrive.
     
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    Personal preferences I'd say, to each his own. I personally have no need for NVMe drives and I'm okay with a 30 second boot time, although that seems a bit long with an ssd, ~15 seconds with a SATAIII SSD here. (NVMe is also too slow as a scratch drive, there's 192GB of ECC ram in my workstation, 64 of which is a RAM disk scratch drive).

    Also, I dislike the UI, the search doesn't work properly half the time, and I find Cortana's to be a little creepy. That and OneDrive is slower than a beached whale (and I have gigabit symmetrical now, thanks work! :D), and I don't trust Microsoft with confidential data.

    EDIT: To clarify, NVMe is only too slow when you're running ridiculous simulation workloads.
     
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    to be honest I'm not concerned about benchmarks or anything, all I want is a fast boot time. It hurts me that my wife's cheap Dell Vostro boots in 8 seconds to Windows with a Crucial SATA III SSD and on my Samsung 950 PRO the boot time is 30+ seconds, the Windows splash screen just keeps spinning till no tomorrow.
     
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    Yeah, I'd be annoyed by that too. Although, to be fair, I don't think m.2 ssds are ready for widespread adoption yet. There are too many compatibility issues still, and they thermal throttle like crazy with high workload. RAM disks can take a 24/7 workload, NVMe SSDs can't.
     
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    They don't throttle in the chassis of this laptop bro:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Yes, upgrade to Win 10, after that you will be able to clean install it with the media creation tool, and you won't need the serial key (which you won't have anyway), since the system will autodetect that you have a license.

    Just press "I don't have the key" during the clean install.
     
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