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Intentionally and safely delete Ubuntu directory in EFI partition with Live Ubuntu USB

Situation I want to clean a computer to a near-pristine state with Windows 10 after having tried Ubuntu 18.04 on it. I have all the overall procedure under the belt. The last detail is that the ...
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Why do you need to remove the HDD to clean install the OS on the SSD?

It seems that most sources advise to only have one drive (in general the SSD) plugged into the motherboard when clean installing an OS (in particular Windows). Why is it so? What could go wrong when ...
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Clean install of Win10 on homebuilt computer

I hope my post is in the right SE section, please let me know if my post shouldn't rely on SU. Abstract I recently bought my computer (homebuilt), and I now try to install Win10 on it. I have a ...
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Upgrading to SSD, but keeping all programs etc. intact and usable on the current local disk

I want to add a 1 TB SSD to my computer as the new local disk and do a clean Windows 10 install on it while leaving a bunch of the software, games and files on the current HDDs. I'd then delete the ...
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Windows 10 installing in another language without loosing an UWP app on another disk

I have windows 10 on my PC since February and It has broken after I upgraded, so I would like to reinstall (or an "in-place upgrade") from zero windows 10 (in another language) with an other OS. I was ...
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How to completely wipe laptop disk for a fresh Ubuntu install?

I have a USB flash drive with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, I want to completely wipe my machine of Windows 10 and start again with a new install of Ubuntu. I have installed Ubuntu on a laptop PC but the old ...
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Would “Keep Nothing” option during installation delete folders other than “windows”?

During Windows installation there's an option to "Choose what to keep" If I select "Nothing", would it delete only the usual Windows folders, such as "Windows", "Users", "Program Files", etc. or ...
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Windows 10 keeps giving me automatic repair loop even after the clean install?

in the first windows was working perfectly ….. then I got some kind of green screen of death saying some sort of unknown error … then it got into automatic repair loop I tried every single fix out ...
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Windows 8.1 Clean install reboots to installation menu

I am trying to re-install Windows 8.1 (using a bootable DVD) and on the first reboot after having selected the unallocated drive where to install windows, I am prompted to ''Press any key to boot from ...
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Reset Windows 10 on new computer to remove bloatware

If I get a new Win10 computer, filled with bloatware, can I reset the factory installed Windows and create the equivalent of a clean install, getting rid of all the flotsam and jetsam?
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How to do a clean install WINDOWS 7?

My other Laptop has issues, i took out the hard drive and paid for a usb/sata cable - NOW i can connect that drive to my working computer. I've backed up my data. I want to do a clean install on the ...
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Windows 10 upgrade vs clean install over Windows 10

There are articles about comparing clean vs upgraded installation from older version (like Seven or Eight), but I couldn't find any comparison when you want install a new updated Windows 10 over ...
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How to install system drivers after a clean install of W10 [duplicate]

Ive got an error on a windows 10 HP laptop with the OS and i need to do a clean install of the W10. Ive never done a windows clean install (done plenty of Mac ones) so im trying to figure out ...
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Windows.old folder reappears everytime in windows 10 consuming even more space. [duplicate]

So, basically I clean installed windows 10, the third time in a week. Then appeared the windows.old folder in the C: after the very third time. I tried deleting the folder from settings, disk cleanup ...
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Windows 10 Pro OEM invalid key

I'm having problem on activating my Windows 10 Pro on my PC. Previously I have Windows 7 Ultimate on my PC and decided to upgrade to Windows 10. I bought an OEM Windows 10 Pro in play-asia.com and ...
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Remove Raid-0 and reinstall windows 10

I have recently bought this laptop: Here. Unfortunately, it comes with two 256 GB SSD's in Raid 0. I do not want this, so I will break the raid configuration. HOWEVER, because Windows is installed ...
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Restoring Windows 7n Ultimate backup or system image to Windows 7 Ultimate

I've been using Windows 7N via a key from a European friend for some time now, but have recently acquired a Windows 7 Ultimate (non-N) key: I'd like to switch versions, partly for aesthetic reasons ...
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How to clean install Windows 10 onto a working system?

To clean install on a working system, for Windows 10, just download the ISO from Microsoft but, how do you establish that the license is valid? And, how do you obtain the license key? The working, ...
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Partition is not getting formatted.

Recently my Western Digital 250Gb Hard Drive failed so I get a new same WD 250 gb in replacement. Now I am trying to install windows 7 ultimate with SP1 so whenever I make a primary partition of 50 Gb ...
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How do I cleanly re-install samba after deleting some folders?

I had samba installed on my fedora server and when it didn't work I tried to fix it by deleting the samba folder in /etc and reinstalling samba. Now after I install samba I can never get the service ...
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Windows 10 clean install stuck on white spinning dots

I chose to do a complete reset of my Windows 10 PC where it completely wipes your hard drives. It went through the 0-100% just fine, but is now sitting at a black screen with white spinning dots. I've ...
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Clean install Win10 on ext. HDD, sys image to internal HDD

Did upgrade to Win10 but want to do clean install. I need the pc going so I want to clean install on an external hdd and then install all programs and settings. Once all that is good, can I do a ...
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When installing display drivers, should I download for dedicated or integrated?

I've decided to clean install my AMD graphics drivers. I'm following this guide, and I'm at the bit where I need to download the new driver from this page. The guide specifically says to manually ...