Contemplating doing Fresh W10 install on W8 Dell laptop

January 7, 2016 at 09:37:13
Specs: W10 Home & Vista
This Dell laptop cam with 8.1 originally. Gosh, the modifications I had to make to "fix" it. Yea.... I upgraded the OS to W10 in October or so. It has been running, but laptop still has similar issues and lags despite my tweaking, and this is the first time I have "upgraded" since Windows 95 days because I never liked putting one OS on top of another. Was always preferring fresh installs. So, I am thinking of doing it to this device. My only fear is that is fails. There is no network connection to be available, as offline work is preferred since not everyone has 24/7 high speed access. No one should expect everyone to have it anyway. I did a fresh install on a Sony laptop from W7 to W10, waiting some days, but then W10 failed to install. Found out later that Sony said their hard drives could not use W10 (even though I had it running for days already). Since then, I never could get another Windows OS running on it again. Took me weeks to get Ubuntu on it.
So with this Dell, I am contemplating on wiping it and doing the fresh install to remove 8.1s gunk. I know I can get the directions again to d the fresh install.
I guess I am seeing who has tried an upgrade and it failed on you, what you did next. Other than "backup personal data" which is a daily thing for me anyway, what else is there to prepare? I have to go find the latest drivers for everything on this unit. Video, sound, mic, touch pad, etc.
Thanks for your thoughts.

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#1
January 7, 2016 at 12:53:10
If you look around these boards (and others) you will find all manner of failure types with different fixes. Unfortunately it's a matter of taking the plunge and if things go awry then chasing the possible reason for the particular symptoms you were confronted with.

My own examples (having waited months for MS to fix the major bugs):

Lenovo Win 7 laptop, took to Win 10 like a duck to water. Hardly needed a tweak.

MSI Win 7 netbook required four goes to even get Win 10 to install, with two major unrelated problems, one involving partitioning.

HP Win 8.1 desktop. Installed Win 10 just fine but resulting in a whole stack of niggling issues, which I had to work though bit by bit and to a small extent is ongoing.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#2
January 7, 2016 at 15:23:22
Might be useful (wise) to make an image of the system as is; Acronis or Easus utilities come to mind. Also make a Recovery disk set (as so often recommended with new systems by the manufacturer, but very few do...).

Then if per chance you wish to revert to current OS, simply either apply the image you made, or use "your" recovery disk set to the same end.

I get the impression that when one upgrades to win-10 the current rescovery partition may disappear, or be unavailable thereafter? So an image and/or "your" recovery disk would allow the revert to previous/current OS.

Also mght be useful to verify "all" drivers are available your Dell. Perhaps check with Dell support site?

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#3
January 7, 2016 at 16:49:07
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For my netbook I had to remove the recovery partition before Win 10 would install. Maybe it objected to what was happening. [That was the first issue]

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#4
January 7, 2016 at 21:00:08
I upgraded 10 Dell all-in-ones at work (Windows 8.1 that started as Windows 8.0) and the only issue I had was that they needed to be logged in as admin from the beginning of the upgrade.
I upgraded my daughter's new at the time laptop (Windows 8.1) without issues.
I do recommend installing all Windows updates if doing the upgrade but not needed for the clean install.
I do recommend burning the DVD for the clean install.
I do recommend downloading all of the needed drivers first onto a flash drive so you will have them ready when you need them, so it will not matter if you cannot get on the internet before the drivers are installed.

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#5
January 8, 2016 at 08:07:19
Apparently 200 million folk have installed Windows 10. From what I can make of it upgrades have generally gone well, although it might depend how fussy you are about the outcome. My Win 8.1 was more stable (others have reported this too).

If the computer manufacturer has Win 10 drivers then that is a good start (none of mine did despite the Win 8.1 being less than 3 years old).

My MSI netbook was the one that really fought back and if you look around it seems that MSI computers might not have taken to Win 10 as well as others.

So there is a risk but mostly Win 10 will at least install.

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#6
January 11, 2016 at 03:27:30
All great and fresh infos. Thank you.

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