Microsoft is already allowing users who don’t want to wait
any longer to get the newest version of Windows 10, and
while the normal upgrade experience is smooth, the clean
install of Windows 10 is recommended for improved performance.
Microsoft has released the
Windows 10 April 2018 Update as a manual download, and you
can easily upgrade your device by checking for updates in the
Settings app. On Tuesday, the newest version of the operating
system will start showing up in the Windows Update for select
users and it will be downloaded automatically to deliver a
smooth upgrade experience.
The upgrade process always drags the old settings,
unnecessary software and unwanted files from your previous
installation of Windows. Basically, Microsoft allows you to
start your Windows experience from scratch (without
manufacturer bloatware and third-party applications) by
performing a clean install and now things are much easier.
Without any further ado, here’s how you can quickly backup
your computer and clean install Windows 10 April 2018 Update.
Backup your PC
As noted above, the clean installation of Windows 10 will
remove all the files, including the personal files, third-party
apps, first-party apps data, and pictures stored in the system.
The full backup is also recommended in case something goes
wrong and you need to restore your previous installation. There
are plenty of ways to backup Windows 10.
With the new backup tool
To backup your files, do the following:
- Open Settings.
- Navigate to Update &
security > Backup > Add a
drive, and then choose an external drive or network location.
The old ways
With Windows 10, Microsoft is also shipping the old Windows 7
backup tool which is quite easy to use. In this method, we’re
using a system image to backup everything stored on your
computer, including the current installation of Windows
10, applications and files. Here’s how you can backup your
PC with the traditional tool:
- Open Cortana/Search and look for Control Panel.
- In Control Panel, navigate to System and Security >
Backup and Restore (Windows 7).
- Click Create a system image link.
- In “Where do you want to save the backup? wizard,
select a hard disk where Windows is not installed. You can also
select an external hard disk.
- Start the backup.
Needless to say, you can always move the files and folder from
system storage to the external hard drive.
Preparing the PC for a clean installation
- Windows Activation: It’s always better to store the
activation key of your PC in case something goes wrong. You’re
good to go if you bought the digital license or DVD from
Microsoft. You can confirm the activation status from Settings
> Security & Update > Windows Activation.
- Driver: Download the important drivers such as
Ethernet or Wi-Fi adapters from your manufacturer’s site.
How to do a clean installation of Windows 10 April 2018 Update
Microsoft has released Windows Media Creation tool to help
users perform a clean installation of the operating system. You
can also create a bootable USB drive to clean install Windows.
It’s worth noting that Media Creation Tool is one of the
easiest methods to reinstall the OS.
Windows Media Creation Tool
You can use the Media Creation Tool to install a clean copy of
the latest version of Windows 10 operating system. The process
removes the third-party apps.
Create a bootable drive with Media Creation Tool
- Download the Media Creation Tool from here.
- Select the “Create installation media (USB Flash Drive,
DVD, or ISO file) for another PC” option.
- Select the correct type of installation media for the copy
of Windows 10, either Pro or Home edition.
- Select the 64-bit or 32-bit depending on the current
architecture of your hardware.
- Select the installation type USB flash.
- Attach a blank USB flash drive with at least 8GB of space,
and Windows will create a bootable drive.
Installing Windows 10 with USB Drive
- Open Settings, and navigate to Update & Security >
Recovery > Advanced startup, and click ‘Restart now’.
- Make sure you’ve connected the USB bootable media to the
device, and boot the OS with a USB drive.
- Follow the on-screen instructions in Windows Setup wizard.
- Click Next and hit the Install Now button.
- Click “I don’t have a product key link” to continue.
- Follow the on-screen instructions, and click on
the Custom: Install Windows only (Advanced).
- Select and delete the disk (usually Drive 0 Partition 1)
where the Windows is currently installed. All files will be
deleted, please backup your system.
- Select the empty drive (usually Drive 0 Unallocated Space),
and follow the on-screen instructions.
- Once Windows is installed. Activate it and finally check
for updates on Settings > Update &
Security > Windows Update.
Manually create the bootable USB drive
- First and foremost, download and save the
Windows 10 April 2018 Update ISO files.
- Download and install the third-party tool called Rufus from
here. (It’s a third-party tool, use it
at your own risk).
- Select the USB flash drive.
- Under Partition scheme and target system type, select ‘MBR
Partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI’.
- Under File System, select NTFS and 4096 bytes default under
Cluster size option.
- Check the Quick format option.
- Check “Create a bootable disk using [ISO Images]”, and
select the ISO file by clicking on the disk image.
- Also, check ‘Create extended label and icon files’.
- Click the Start button and click OK button to
accept the USB data loss warning.
- Open Settings > Update & Security > Recovery >
Advanced startup, and boot with the USB.
Let us know if you’ve any questions about Windows 10 April 2018
Update in the comments below.