Windows 10 Professional - Clean Install

Currently, I am having problems with Windows Explorer with my current OS: Windows 7 Professional X64 on my laptop. On or about July 29, I expect to receive download information for Windows 10 Professional X64.
Given the problems with Windows Explorer I am considering NOT reinstalling but putting a new HD into my laptop and simply doing a "Clean Install" of Windows 10 Professional.
Please.  Is this possible?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Keep in mind you are asking a question about a product that has not been released yet so all information is technically subject to change.

That said, According to this article, yes, you will have that ability:

Microsoft has told me that this upgrade will work very similar to the way it did for Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 and they sent me to this page which has a tutorial for that process. That process did include the ability to either retain your files or wipe everything off the system for a clean install.

However, the official response from a Microsoft spokesperson when it comes to Windows 10 is “We look forward to sharing more details about how the upgrade will be offered at a later date.” .
With all products of Microsoft the possibility is there for a full installation.
Question is whether it's free!?

Anyway, a workaround would to install a new (clean) version of win7 right now, so when the upgrade gets here you will be upgrading a working version of windows, one with no issues, so less possibility of problems with the upgraded Windows.
a clean install is always possible, if you purchase a licence for it
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
I've been told the same thing Lee noted => the process will mirror the way it worked for Windows 8, which, after verifying that there was a qualifying OS on the drive, you were given a choice of what to keep ... which included a "Nothing" option, which would wipe the drive and do a clean install.

With Windows 8 you were also given an option of creating an ISO to do that clean install with, which allowed it to be done on a new "virgin" hard drive.    It's not clear if Windows 10 will have that same option or not, but I'd guess that it will.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Many people in the industry are asking the same questions and Microsoft hasn't released all of the upgrade scenario details as of today. Your scenario of a clean install using the free upgrade onto a clean disk has not been addressed. There may or may not be an .iso released or you may have to create recovery media yourself.
Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
One thing you might want to do to be prepared "just in case" ==> You can download the ISO for the "Insider Preview" and install that on a clean disk. [Download links here: ]

It's by no means absolute, but it's widely believed that those running the Insider Preview will be offered a free upgrade to the RTM version, the same as folks running '7 or '8.    But that likely won't be true if you haven't already installed it before the release date.

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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
As long as you have a license of it - yes, it is possible.
Adam LeinssServer SpecialistCommented:
Gab Aul already tweeted about a month ago that Windows Insiders running Windows 10 Pro will get updated to RTM.  So as long as you are apart of this free program, you will get the final bits.  

As to David's point: Microsoft is holding the licensing information back.  I believe WZOR started over a year ago that Windows activations would be tied to your Microsoft account much like Office 365.  Again, that information has NOT been confirmed by Microsoft.
GadgetDudeAuthor Commented:
I have a Windows 7 Pro X64 ISO disc. When attempting to use it to install Windows 7 over itself, it said nothing about a "Repair" function and it recognized my Product ID but not my CD key? Should I reinstall Windows 7 Pro X64 from the ISO over itself in preparation for Windows 10 Pro?
I am feeling really stupid, right now. Forgive my ignorance, please.
Adam LeinssServer SpecialistCommented:
You can do a clean install of Pro need to install 7.  Just download the preview ISO and burn to disc.  Don't forget to sign up the for Windows Insider program.
I would recommend a clean win7 install, not over the existing(repair) but delete existing and fresh install.
This way you will loose data, so consider data backup. This way it is more guaranteed to have no problems.
inever do upgrades; i invest my time rather in a back and fresh install, so i can guarantee it is working 100%
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
@Adam Leinss: if you do a clean install using the iso and it is not an upgrade from another supported operating system then it will like all trials expire .. it is not a guaranteed way to get a full copy on July 29th or that is a way to get a free operating system which is not Microsoft's intent.. What exactly happens and the different scenarios still have not been announced other than the release date..
Adam LeinssServer SpecialistCommented:

Insiders will get upgraded to the RTM version of the edition they have installed. And, since program continues, next builds beyond.

It's clear to me anyways that everyone can get Windows 10 for free up until July 2016.  After that, it is unclear what happens if you attempt a clean install after that date.
GadgetDudeAuthor Commented:
It is clear that we are (as was planned from the very beginning) controlled by Microsoft and it's billionaires.
This is our "Brave New"  World Order. To paraphrase from Star Wars: "What is thy Bidding, my Master Gates."
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