clean install

clean install

A completely new installation of an operating system or application on a computer. In a clean install of an OS, the hard disk is formatted and completely erased. In a clean install of an application, the older version is uninstalled first. Installing an OS on a new computer or installing an application for the first time is automatically a clean install. Contrast with "in-place upgrade."

The Clean Upgrade
If the clean install is for a newer version of software already running on the computer, it is also called a "clean upgrade."
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There has been a lot of confusion as users have tried to install Windows 10 on their Windows 7 or 8 machines as a clean install and found it either difficult or impossible to take advantage of the free upgrade.
The solid state drive (SSD) is becoming more prevalent as the latest upgrade to computers, but a clean install wastes much time and can cause data loss every time.
The new Windows To Go feature in Windows 8 Enterprise will allow you put a clean install or an existing Windows 8 image onto a 32GB or higher USB thumb drive or a portable drive and boot it from another PC.
If you are running Windows Vista and are satisfied with how the system is configured and how it is running, you are most, likely a good candidate to do an upgrade as opposed to a clean install.
Windows 7 E was not going to have a browser, so a user would have to do a clean install of the new OS rather than upgrade from a previous version of Windows to ensure no browser was installed during the process.
Make sure that you have installed all of ARD's components, rather than just copied over the application, or the required system components may not be in place if you just made a Clean Install.
Next, I made a clean install of Windows 98 Version 2 to a new directory on a Seagate Cheetah hard drive.
However, Windows Vista users will have to do a clean install, and since the Windows 10 Technical Preview is x86 only, Windows RT users are completely out of luck.
Microsoft is expected to ship special versions of Windows 7 to European customers, but the versions will need a clean install on PCs, according to a blog entry on Microsoft's Web site.
The SmartBoom easily tees into standard Raven harnesses, allowing for a quick and clean install.
lt;p>Because Windows 7E could only be offered in a so-called "full" version that required a clean install -- an in-place upgrade would have left IE on users' PCs -- Microsoft had planned to sell only those full, or non-upgrade, editions in Europe, but at the upgrade versions' prices.
Key distinguishing features of the Sygate Wireless Network include: default setting selection during installation; automatic discovery of all wireless networks within range of the client; clean install and uninstall processes with minimal reboot and silent option; dynamic change in wireless configuration and TCP/IP settings without rebooting; identification of problems with the current networking parameters, dynamic or manual access point switching and seamless switching between DHCP and Static IP networks without user intervention.