Windows 10 Upgrade

Ok I've got the notification that Windows 10 is ready to be installed but I come from the era of clean installs for a new OS.  I did a clean install for Windows 8 but I did do the upgrade to 8.1.

Should I clean install or has there actually been relatively good success with the upgrade from 8.1 to 10?
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RobOwner (Aidellio)Asked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I believe in clean installs and there have been a number of cowboys in here who pressed the button and are having problems.

I did exactly the same as you to get to Windows 8.1 and my system is very reliable. I use it last night (recall) and never a flinch.

So my advice is back up carefully, install Windows 8 fresh, do the Windows 10 upgrade, install any drivers, do all Windows updates and then install all software. Then recover your data.

I have never regretted this approach. Ever.

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RobOwner (Aidellio)Author Commented:
So there's no way of doing a clean Windows 10 install? That works also involve downloading the 2.7gb upgrade again right?
I don't think you have much choice because it's a free upgrade offer meaning that you must have Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.  I don't think a full Windows 10 ISO image is available at this time.
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RobOwner (Aidellio)Author Commented:
To reload Windows 8 Did you do the refresh option in the pc settings or from disk?
I'm assuming you didn't go to 8.1 before Windows 10?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The only way to do a clean Windows 10 install is to purchase it. I do not think that is worth it. Clean install means backing up and installing fresh so the only extra step is the Windows 8 install.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I did a fresh install from disk (purchased the disks from Lenovo). You could equally well do a Windows 8 Refresh and start from there. I am quite sure that would work just fine.
RobOwner (Aidellio)Author Commented:
Awesome, thanks guys. Just needed the confirmation.
Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceCommented:
It sounds like Microsoft is trying to be like Apple.  Good luck, Rob, I will join you in this adventure of discovery when I finally upgrade my PC from Windows7 lol
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks and good luck. I have a Windows 10 article there if you wish to read it. Enjoy.
All the best! Cheers!
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If your computer has a Windows 8 key embedded it may be sufficient, IF NOT, you're supposed to upgrade.  Once you upgrade, the machine will be recognized as genuine if you have to do a clean install later.
Of course, you can install clean directly. Start the upgrade process and select to keep files only - that's it.
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