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We recently picked up a new laptop, a Lenovo Ideapad 320. It didn’t come with a ton of pre-installed garbage, but it did come with enough to slow its boot time to a crawl. From the time we hit the power button it takes a full three minutes before it even makes it into Windows. The fun doesn’t stop there however, as once you are finally into windows it spends the next five minutes thrashing the hard drive loading up pre-installed programs. The laptop has decent specs for a budget machine, but one thing it does not have is a Solid State Drive. Budget laptops almost universally come with slow mechanical hard drives, and that is the thing that leads to the laptop feeling slow and sluggish. It isn’t in the budget to put a new hard drive into it, but what we can do is wipe it completely clean and get fresh install of Windows 10 installed. That will remove all the extra software that is slowing it down and get it in the best shape possible to be used.
Just about any new computer you by these days does not come with a physical copy of Windows 10 so that you can easily do a fresh install. What they have are boot partitions on the hard drive that let you do a Factory Reset, which will just get you back to the point the computer started at then you bought it, including all the extra programs that slow it down.
Before we get started, I need to mention a couple of very important points. First, this process will only work with new computers that come preinstalled with Windows 10. Second, there is a very real possibility of data loss when using this process, so just be careful with what you are erasing, and make sure that you have everything important that is already on the computer backed up before you even think about doing something like this. With that warning out of the way, lets get going.
What you need to do is head to the link on the screen (we will also put it down in the video description) and download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. You are also going to need a flash drive with at least an 8-gigabyte capacity. Go ahead and track one of those down while the file is downloading, then you are ready for the next step.
Once the file finishes downloading, plug the flash drive into your computer, open up Windows Explorer and go into your Downloads folder. You should see “MediaCreationTool1809.exe”, you want to move that file directly onto the flash drive, and then double click on the file to launch it. The program will pop up and tell you that it is “Getting a few things ready”. It will then ask you to accept the terms and conditions, only to make you wait while it thinks for a little while longer. Finally it will ask you if you want to upgrade this PC or Create Installation Media. You want to select Create Installation Media and then click on Next. The next screen is to select the version of Windows you going to install and it should automatically pick the proper options for your computer so that you can just click on Next. On this screen you want to make sure that “USB Flash Drive is selected, then hit Next. If you have multiple flash drives plugged in at this point for some reason, you will want to choose the flash drive that you are running the program on. In my case, there is only the one so I can just hit Next on this screen as well.
At this point, it is going to download the Windows 10 image that it will be installing onto the flash drive. The time this takes is going to depend on your internet connection, but in my case it took 5 minutes to download the files, then another twelve minutes to create the Windows 10 media and about 30 seconds to clean up after itself. After that It tells you that your USB flash drive is ready, at which point you can click on finish and then reboot your computer. Once the screen blanks out and the boot process starts, start hitting F12 repeatedly. While some computers will automatically boot from a USB drive, many of them will want you to tell it to boot from the flash drive. Hitting F12 should bring up the Boot Menu, and you want to use the arrow keys on your keyboard to select “USB HDD” and hit enter. After it thinks for a little bit, it will bring up the Windows Setup screens, and as these initial selections were correct for me, I just hit Next. Hit Install on the next screen and wait for it think a bit more while setup starts.
Eventually it will bring up a screen where you will need to accept the license terms and hit next. On the next screen you want to click on “Custom Install” which will bring up the hard drives on your computer. What you are looking at is a single hard drive, chopped up into separate partitions. What we want to do is get rid of all of that to get it ready for a clean fresh install. One by one select each partition hit Delete, and then OK on the warning tab. Until all it shows is “Drive 0 Unallocated Space”. Once you have that highlighted, click on next to get the fresh install going which in my case took five minutes. It is going to go thru its checklist, and then want to reboot the computer to continue. Let it reboot and then just let it come back up on its own.
After that it` is going to keep installing and that took twelve minutes before the Welcome screen comes up and we have to give some more input. Select your country, keyboard layout and then connect to your network. After a couple minutes it will want you to sign in with a Microsoft account, which you can if you want, but I prefer to use an Offline Account which is the little option in the bottom left corner. It makes sure that you don’t want to use a Microsoft account, which I did not, and it finally let me put in a User Name. Select a password if you want to use one and then we start getting into privacy settings. This is up to you, but I pretty much click on No to everything. No Activity History. No to everything on the next screen. Click on Next, and wait some more. Finally, you will get drop you into Windows.
At this point you have a fully functional install of Windows 10. It will still need to download and install the multitude of updates that Windows always requires. Boot time into windows is at 30 seconds, and the hard drive is done thrashing at the one minute mark.
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