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    Reason to do a clean install

    Fred Langa has an article on how to do a clean install following the Windows 10 upgrade. I'm running Windows 8.1, fully updated. It has had a lot of action and so probably is quite messy under the surface, although it's running okay. Can anyone tell me if there is a good reason to do the clean install? And if there is a reason to do so, is there a benefit to doing a bare metal install vs a Reset? I want to make sure my Windows 10 installation is as clean as possible. Thanks for your thoughts!

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    Rae,

    As Fred stated you need to do the Upgrade first anyway so why not just do it and see if it works ok. If not you can then do the bare-metal install. Of course it will most likely take you days to get it back to a working condition with all your programs/data/settings just the way you had them in Win 8.1. HTH
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    I agree, do the upgrade install first. Most people DON'T have serious issues.
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    Thanks to you both. That's the way I was leaning, but wanted to ask some experts first.

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