An in-place upgrade using Windows Update is usually the recommended method, but when modifying an installation there’s always a chance of errors and other problems, which could result from custom configurations, apps and drivers compatibility issues, and other problems. A clean installation reduces the chances of issues, because you’ll be deleting everything on the hard drive and installing a fresh copy of Windows 10 version 20H2. In addition, if you had the same installation for a long time, a clean installation of Windows 10 can help to improve performance, startup times, memory usage, and fix existing problems. However, there’s an exception. If you’re already running a good installation of Windows 10 version 2004, May 2020 Update, you don’t really need to perform a reinstallation. The second semi-annual release of Windows 10 in 2020 will be offered as a small monthly cumulative update through Windows Update, which means that the process will be faster and won’t require full reinstallation. You should only use the Media Creation Tool if you’re upgrading from an older version (such as the November 2019 Update), or if you’re having problems with the current setup. In this hands-on video, you’ll learn the steps to properly perform a clean installation of Windows 10 October 2020 Update on your desktop or laptop using a USB bootable media created with the Microsoft Media Creation Tool.

Clean install Windows 10 20H2 using Media Creation Tool

After creating the USB bootable media with the Media Creation Tool, to perform a clean install of Windows 10 to upgrade to version 20H2 (October 2020 Update), use these steps: Once you complete the steps, you’ll be back into the desktop running Windows 10 version 20H2. You can also check this guide with every step to prepare, create a backup, and start with a new installation of Windows 10. If you want to speed up the install process, you can also do an in-place upgrade using these instructions. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.