I needed to reinstall Windows and I wanted to do a clean install. Instead of creating media and booting from it, I instead went to the download site https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10 and told it to update now, and then when it asked a bit later I told it "Do not save anything", and it ran successfully.

My question is, is the end result of doing it like this the same as booting from the installation media and doing a clean install like that? (I realize booting from the media gives you opportunity to format the drive first if you think that is necessary, but I was not concerned about that.)