You can now clean install Windows 10 without having to upgrade your Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 to Windows 10. Although we haven’t tried this method, a Reddit user recently shared a method by which you can Directly clean Windows 10 installation.
All this while users were upgrading their Windows 7/8.1 PC to the latest Windows 10 operating system via Get Windows app or using Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. But now using this trick , you should be able to directly clean install Windows 10 on your computer.
You would need a Windows 10 ISO image or a bootable DVD to use this method. For those who don’t know, you can also create the ISO image using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool and use it for a clean install.
Clean install Windows 10 directly
He listed the procedure as follows:
1]First you need a Windows 10 ISO image or DVD for a clean install.
2]Burn the ISO and extract it.
3]Locate the file gatheringostate.EXE on your local drive and move it to the desktop.
4]Run the file and create a GenuineTicket.xml on your desktop.
5]Now you can cleanly install Windows 10 on your PC. Click on Ignore if the system asks for the product key.
6]Copy the GenuineTicket.xml file on your C drive at the path C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\GenuineTicket.
7]Restart your PC.
The Reddit user says,
No need to run setup, just copy \source\gatherosstate.exe in a writable directory, run it and get GenuineTicket.xml there!
Then you can clean install (skipping product keys when prompted)
When done, put the file in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Clipsvc\GenuineTicket\ and reboot.
It is always recommended to backup all your important files and data before running any installation on your PC.
If the GenuineTicket.xml created in an activated down-level OS is reused on the same PC in Windows 10, it essentially mimics what Windows 10 upgrade does today. It is not supported by Microsoft and may not work in the future. It will not work when the free update period expires. However, one must be very careful while performing this procedure.
As we mentioned before, we haven’t tried this method, so you can take a call if you want to follow this method. If you follow this method, share your experience with us.
REMARK: If you upgrade to Windows 10, the new operating system will take the product key and activation details from your previous operating system. These are then saved on Microsoft servers, along with your PC details. If you are performing a clean install of Windows for the first time, you may encounter activation issues. If you upgraded the first time, activated Windows 10 and then installed Windows 10 on the same PC, there will be no activation issues, as the OS will pull the activation details from the servers Microsoft. So, if your Windows 10 is not activated, we suggest you don’t do a clean install the first time. Start by upgrading the first time, activate it, then do a clean install.