Although doing an in-place upgrade using Windows Update is usually the recommended method to install a new version, it’s likely that you’ll come across issues and errors as a result of custom configurations, possible software and device driver incompatibility, and other problems. A clean installation minimizes the change of running into problems, because it deletes everything on the hard drive and installs a fresh copy of Windows 10 with the October 2018 Update. Additionally, if you’ve been using the same installation for some time, a clean installation of Windows 10 can help to improve startup times, memory usage, performance, and fix existing problems. In this hands-on video, you’ll learn the steps to properly perform a clean installation of Windows 10 version 1809 on your desktop, laptop, or tablet using a USB bootable media created with the Microsoft Media Creation Tool.

How to do a clean install of Windows 10 version 1809

After creating the USB bootable media using the Media Creation Tool, use these steps to do a clean install of Windows 10 to upgrade to the October 2018 Update: You can also check this guide that outlines every step to prepare, create a backup, and start with a fresh copy of Windows 10. In the case you want to speed up the installation process, you can also do an in-place upgrade using these instructions. Update November 13, 2018: The October 2018 Update was originally released on October 2, but due to serious problems with the operating system, Microsoft was forced to pause the rollout, and starting November 13, the update is once again available for download. 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.