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jlufanatic
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hp 14s clean install

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Greetings!

 

Earlier this week I purchased an hp 14s laptop.

I write because I want to make a clean install with Microsoft Windows 10 usb media.

Can I safely do this and write down the hp windows 10 home digital license key? Or is the installation linked to the motherboard meaning that I cannot type in the same key manually and activate windows later? I am worried I’ll brick the machine if I proceed and hp recovery media usb is about $60 here in Sweden. Help would be appreciated:)

 

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jlufanatic

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VH2000
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A very good idea! 

Check if your windows is activated!

Then update your drivers.

Create a driver folder for the driver backup. (USB-Flashdrive) ex. K:\driver

Run Powershell as Admin and type:

Export-WindowsDriver -Online -Destination "K:\Driver"

It takes about 2 minutes and all your drivers are safe.

It saves you a lot of time !

After the new installation is ready. Don't go into internet and run Powershell as admin again

type

pnputil /add-driver "K:\Driver\*.inf" /subdirs /install /reboot

 

You are ready!

If you wait for abaout 2 weeks you can download the 21H2 Version of Windows

 

 

 

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Hello,

 

Thank you for your reply.

is powershell included in windows 10 Home?

 

I was more specifically wondering, if I use Microsoft’s usb creation tool, use my own windows 10 pro key and erase the hp 14s’s entire harddrive using the created usb, then will I be able to activate my fresh install with my pro key?

 

If for some reason my key won’t activate,  due to the fact that I have used it earlier, can I still reformat the ssd, activating windows home, again  with the factory-supplied hp key for windows 10 home?

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If you can`t find the PowerShell (Right Click on Start) you can go to the Microsoft Web Store and download Version 7.1.4

The 21H2 (Build 19044.1237) will be published on the 05.10.2021 including a new Media Creation Tool.
I would go that way and erase the comlete disk. That can be done during the setup. If you have an OEM-Key for the Pro-Edition it is not possible to upgrade.

But before you do anything, check the BIOS if you can activate TPM 2.0. I hope that the Laptop is running in UEFI-Mode. Meanwhile I have seen 2 Laptops where the activation failed! - If not, you have the right to return it to HP.

If that is clear, download the new 21H2 and start the installation.
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/forum/all/how-to-perform-a-clean-install-or-reinstall-of...

If you have a Win10 Pro retail key you can try it when the setup is ready (But you have to deactivate that on the old PC and you have to have a MS account) For about 20$ you can buy a new key. It's worth it!

Be aware that you need a reliable backup-software. Here Macrium is my personal favourite.

 

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