Frequently asked questions about installing Windows on your computer

Frequently asked questions about installing Windows on your computer



Frequently asked questions about installing Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP:


·         windows 10 download

·         how to install windows 7

·         how to install windows 7 in laptop

·         how to install windows 8

·         how to install windows 7 on windows 10

·         how to format windows 7 and install windows 10

·         how to install windows 7 from USB 
·         how to clean install windows 7 over windows 10

One of the most popular tutorial packages we've written is our instructions for installing Windows. We have one for Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows XP (we are working on Windows 10 system).


Thanks to these tutorials, it is no wonder that questions about installation and upgrade are among the most common questions.


Here are answers to some of these questions. We'll add more questions and answers over time, but feel free to let us know if you think there's something that needs to be addressed here, or check for further instructions if you've read these issues but are still having trouble.

"I read that I have to do a" clean "installation of Windows, but how do I do this? Do I need a special disk or instructions?"
Essentially, a clean installation means that the drive is cleaned by using the operating system on it during the Windows installation process. This is different from installing an upgrade ("moving" from an earlier version of Windows) which is essentially the same, with a few additional steps, as a "new" installation (installed on a blank drive).

Compared to installing the upgrade, clean installation is always the best way to install Windows. Clean installation will not bring any issues, software bloat, or other issues that may have infected your previous installation.

No, you do not need a special Windows disk, or any kind of software or other tools to do a clean installation. All you have to do is remove the partition (s) that contains your operating system when you access this step in the Windows installation process.

Here's how to do this:


How to Clean Windows 10 Installation [Work on this now]

  • How to Clean Install Windows
  • How to clean install windows 7
  • How to Clean Install Windows

All of these tutorials cover 100% of the process and include screenshots for each step on the road. Please also be aware that these guidelines include all versions or versions that are commonly available in each major version of the operating system.

"You receive an" Invalid Product Key "message with an error" Code: 0xC004F061 "What's wrong?"
The following is the complete error message, all within the product key window invalid:

The following failure occurred while trying to use the product key: Code: 0xC004F061 Description: The Software Licensing Service determined that this selected product key can only be used for upgrade, not for clean installations.

Error 0xC004F061 appears during Windows activation process if a) You use a Windows upgrade product key, but you do not have a copy of Windows on the drive when you clean it.

The message at the bottom of the window indicates that you cannot use this product key to perform clean installations, but this is not entirely true. A clean Windows installation is good, but you must have a valid version of Windows to upgrade to your computer before the clean installation.

The solution that Microsoft supports for this problem is to reinstall the earlier version of Windows and then clean up the Windows installation. However, another solution is to perform an in-place upgrade of Windows to the same version of Windows. Yes, it seems strange, but according to several sources, you will be able to activate Windows successfully after this process is complete.


If either of these workarounds does not work, you'll need to buy a Windows System Builder disc (sometimes referred to as an OEM disk) that you can install on a blank hard drive or a clean installation through an invalid upgrade version. From Windows (such as Windows 98, etc.) or a non-Windows operating system.

It is important to realize that during the clean Windows installation process, when you enter the product key, you are not warned that the wrong key may be used. This step in the Windows installation process only checks to see if the product key is valid at all, and not if it is valid for your specific position. This limitation occurs during the activation process after Windows is fully installed.
If you have more questions about the product key, see the Windows Product Key FAQ page for further assistance.

"I have Windows on a DVD but I need it on a flash drive.
This process is not as easy as it may seem, so some custom tutorials are required:

 How to Install Windows 8 from a USB Device | How to Install Windows 7 from a USB Device

Unfortunately, copying files from the Windows installation disk will not result in a blank flash drive.

"I downloaded Windows but all I have is an ISO file. How do I get it on a DVD or a flash drive so I can already install Windows?"
This ISO file is a perfect image of the Windows installation disc, located in a neat single file package. However, you can not copy this file to a disk or a flash drive and expect to use it to install Windows.

If you want to install Windows from a DVD, see how to copy the ISO file to a DVD for instructions.



If you want to install Windows from a flash drive, you can undo.

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