July 11, 2021

What is the proper procedure to clean installing windows?

My understanding is that you should download Windows media to a USB drive on a clean PC, boot from the USB drive, erase all partitions, create a new partition, format it, and then install Windows on the new partition. Is this the right way to do it?

Some people have suggested to go into safe mode, some suggested to download and install a software to format disc drives, I’m not sure.



It really depends how proper you want to clean your system.

Is there a requirement to go to DBAN lengths?

A standard format should be good enough. Maybe go the DBAN route if you are selling your machine.

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