Windows Clean Install

Modified on Fri, 19 Feb 2021 at 05:54 PM

his email is a step-by-step guide on how to re-install Windows 10, drivers and utilities. Please save this email in-case you ever need to re-install the OS again.
For all drivers/utilities, please skip to STEP 8.

  • Creating Your Recovery Media
Use this tool to install a fresh copy of Windows 10 onto a USB device that can hold at least 4GB of data.
NOTE: Please do not simply drag-and-drop the above download files onto your USB device. You need to download the files and run the setup.exe and let the setup program install files onto your USB device for you.

When asked to "Upgrade" or "Create Installation Media for another PC" click on Create Installation Media for another PC

  • Extra Steps If You Have Windows PRO (Home Users Skip This Step)

Open up Note Pad and copy and paste the following:


Now save your Note Pad document as "Ei.cfg"  ( Make sure you add the quotations so when you save this it creates a CFG file and not a text file ). Move this file directly to the "Sources" folder of ISO media created on your USB storage device.

  • If You Have a NVMe/PCIe Solid State Drive, there are extra steps you must take
How to Install the Intel Rapid Storage Driver to Detect NVME SSDs
This driver cannot be installed after Windows has already been installed. You must install this drivers BEFORE windows is installed.

Please go to the drivers and utilities page linked in STEP 8 of this guide

You need to download the file "Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver"
If your Laptop is a MSI brand : MAKE SURE IT'S THE "F6" DRIVER. If it doesn't say "F6", it's the wrong one.

This file comes as a ".zip" file. Please right-click on the .zip files and extract all.

  1. Create a new folder and call it "Intel Rapid Storage" and copy/paste the files into the "Intel Rapid Storage" folder.
  2. Move the "Intel Rapid Storage" folder to the USB thumb drive that you have your Windows 10 media installed to. Do NOT put the "Intel Rapid Storage" folder into another folder. Just put it into the root directory of the USB device.
  3. Restart your computer and boot to your USB device to re-install Windows.
  4. Keep going through the steps and eventually you will see an option for "Install drivers first"
  5. To load the Intel driver, navigate to the root directory of your USB drive -> Intel Rapid Storage->
  6. The driver should now be loaded and you can install Windows now

  • Installing Windows
1. Once the tool installs the OS files onto the USB device, keep the USB device plugged into your system and restart your computer.

2. enter the boot menu as soon as the computer begins to boot.
(If your computer is a Sager, boot key is F7
if it is MSI, boot key is F11
if it is ASUS, boot key is ESC
if it is GIGABYTE, boot key is F12)

3. Boot from your USB device

4. Click install now and click through the various options.

5. Once you get to the option to "upgrade" or "Custom", click on Custom.

6. At the screen where it asks you to choose which drive to install Windows on, press Shift+F10 and a DOS window should open

type the following: diskpart
[hit ENTER key]
type the following: list disk
[hit ENTER]
type the following: sel disk 0  (disk 0 should be the drive your operating system is on, if not, please choose the respective disk number)
[hit ENTER]
type the following: clean
[hit ENTER]

close the DOS window

7. Refresh your storage device list. Your drive should say "unallocated", select the unallocated drive and click next to reinstall Windows.

8. Go to THIS PAGE to download ALL official manufacturer drivers and utilities EXCEPT FOR Wifi/Bluetooth drivers (for now) - NOTE: It is highly recommended that you restart your computer every time a driver installation prompts you to do so. NOTE 2: *DO NOT* install any drivers or utilities that are not listed for your version of Windows. Only download/install software from this page that is tagged with your Operating System Version.

9. Many manufacturer websites have multiple Wifi/Bluetooth drivers. Please ensure that you download the drivers for your respective device. If you are not sure which wifi card you have, right-click on your Windows Icon at the bottom left and select Device Manager -> Network Adapters and it should tell you if you have a Killer card or an Intel card.

10. Regarding your NVIDIA drivers. please go to THIS PAGE and manually search for the latest drivers. Make sure you select your respective Operating System and whether or not the GPU is for a Notebook and Desktop. DO NOT install a desktop driver if you have a notebook GPU, and vice-versa.

11. After all drivers and utilities have been installed, restart your system before attempting to test your system or do anything else.

12. Please change Power Options in Windows to Balanced - You can do this by right-clicking on the Windows Icon at the bottom left and selecting Power Options

13. Change NVIDIA Power Management to Adaptive - You can do this by right-clicking on an empty space on your desktop and Selecting NVIDIA Control Panel -> Manage 3D settings -> Find Power Managmenet within the dropdown options.

14. Restart 1 final time.    

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