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    Win10 upgrade or clean install?

    Is there any way to inspect a Win10 installation and be able to tell if a clean install (IOW, the HD was wiped clean prior to the install) was done, or if the current installation was the result of the free upgrade only?
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    If it was an upgrade then in Windows C: you should see a Windows10Upgrade file folder.

    However, if it was originally an upgrade and a clean install was done later, then that file may longer be there.

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    Another tell-tale sign of a clean install would be in Programs and Features where all of the installed programs would have the same or near same installation date as after a clean install, all programs would need to be reinstalled.

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    Law enforcement would use forensics software to examine the disk. If you want to know how it works, there is a free trial of such a program here:-

    http://www.osforensics.com/download.html

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    If it's a brand machine, look for all the crapware the manufacturer typically installs. If it's there, only an upgrade was done.
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