Clean install Win10 on HP laptop preinstalled with Win10

November 17, 2016 at 10:37:43
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Is it possible to do a clean install of Windows 10 on a
laptop which came with Windows 10 preinstalled, and
no installation disk? If so, what is required?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
November 17, 2016 at 11:06:26
If the partitions have not been changed, the Recovery partition should still exist. How to get to that would depend on the Make/Model of the system.

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#2
November 17, 2016 at 11:12:02
Ah! So the Recovery partition contains the equivalent of a
Windows OEM installation disk? This is an HP laptop.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
November 17, 2016 at 12:47:39
It will restore the computer to Factory settings... If there is a Recovery partition....

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#4
November 17, 2016 at 20:01:31
HP as well as Dell and most major companies now include a recovery partition instead of recovery disk set.
Ok... Look at this page:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/system...
Apparently that is not strictly true any longer but there are ways to reset it so you should be OK.

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#5
November 17, 2016 at 20:05:21
HP PCs - Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 10)
http://support.hp.com/us-en/documen...

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#6
November 17, 2016 at 20:11:15
Supposedly your hardware id has been saved by Microsoft, so in theory you can just get the Win10 media creation tool and use that to reinstall Windows. I've never tested it, so let me know how it goes.

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#7
November 18, 2016 at 11:34:15
I didn't have anything specific in mind when I asked the
original question, but let's say I want to replace Windows
with Ubuntu, knowing that I might later change my mind
and want to go back to Windows.

When I had Windows 7 and Ubuntu on a desktop computer
at the same time, they were on different physical drives,
which worked pretty well for me. The laptop has only one
physical drive. One of the first things I do with it might be
to add some partitions. In the past I've always guessed
badly at how large each partition should be.

Am I right in understanding that the laptop seller always
activates Windows with Microsoft before shipping it?

Can updates be downloaded and installed before activation,
or does Windows have to be activated first?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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#8
November 18, 2016 at 11:56:01
I'm not in the OEM business, but as I understand it the laptop gets a valid key in the factory and it activates once it can hit MS servers. It's fairly obvious if it's not activated. For one, you can't change any of the user customization options. Second of all, there's a banner at the bottom of the Settings window. It looks something like this.

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#9
November 19, 2016 at 02:48:53
It appears that the HP laptop DOES have a Recovery partition.

So ... As long as I don't touch that partition, I could do pretty
much anything to the contents of the other partition and I should
be able to get it back to how it was when I took it out of the box?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#10
November 19, 2016 at 05:08:39
In theory, yes. Just make sure the Ubuntu installer doesn't wipe the recovery partition along with the main partition.

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#11
November 19, 2016 at 16:06:11
Update from here.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...

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#12
November 19, 2016 at 17:14:50
stiefler182,

Is that the page you meant to link to? Windows 10 update history?
I have gone to that very page two or three times in the last couple
of days. Way too big a coincidence! But I don't see anything about
making an installation disk. Is that what the .exe does that gets
downloaded from the "Get the Anniversary Update now" link?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#13
November 20, 2016 at 10:59:22
I have a question about that Windows 10 update history page:

My new computer has Windows 10 Version 1511 installed.
Does that mean applying just the 12 updates in the second
group would get my Windows to the current version?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#14
November 20, 2016 at 21:43:24
When you update to the anniversary (build/version 1607) it will be the most current edition. Razor2.3's link is the installation media for which you are looking. It is not an OEM installation disc. You will need to order that from the manufacturer of your pc. I created an usb to update my Surface Pro and my hp, then updated them with mine. You could download from Razor's then burn it on a disc if you choose. But it will be the build you currently have. It kinda installed twice, but I haven't had any issues since. Except my awesome hp is 12 years old. lol The .exe is just an executable file that runs an update service from their servers. Also, you could buy a new HDD, clone it, then swap them out and test it.

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#15
November 28, 2016 at 12:49:06
Another question about that update history page.

You're saying that I can, if I want, use the 12 links in the
second group on that page, in order from bottom to top, to
update from version 1511 to version 1607, rather than using
the normal Windows Update proceedure? If so, exactly what
do I need to do? Do virus scanners or Windows Defender
need to be turned off? Do they need to be turned on? Does
the Windows Update service need to be enabled? (It is set
to Manual (Trigger Start) by default.) I vaguely recall that a
couple of years ago I was able to install some updates in
Windows 7 (so that I could install IE 10 or 11) despite the
Windows Update service being disabled. I may remember
that incorrectly, and Win 10 may be stricter than Win 7.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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