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Marc Thomas
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September 8, 2015 - 6:17 pm
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I needed to get some extra storage for my PC in the shop so bought a 1Tb spinner.
Downloaded the media creation tool , ran it with a USB pen drive which set it up for install.
At that point I had to choose whether to upgrade this PC or for installing on another PC which is the option I chose.
The install took about half an hour and I skipped all prompts for activation keys and at the end Windows was activated automatically without entering any keys.
It's important to remove the pen drive once the first phase of install is complete as it will reboot to the pen drive without a prompt to hit a key.
I'll be doing the same when I get the SSD later in the week for my main machine.
Jim was right, as usual....

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September 8, 2015 - 6:57 pm
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Jim is pretty smart when it comes to computer knowledge and what and how to do things.
I have been having boot time issue with the Emachine I upgraded with over a 4 minute startup time. I have disabled everything that I safely can without any change. I kind of think it might be the old eide drive but I am at a loss to understand why.
I may have to roll this machine back to W8.1 or shrink the drive down to a smaller partition.

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Marc Thomas
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September 9, 2015 - 6:18 am
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Boot time with this brand new drive is about a minute or so, but that either because it's new or it's a clean install or a combination of both.
I'm really looking forward to trying a new SSD; I think it's about time, let's face it.

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September 9, 2015 - 7:40 am
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Just exactly what are you calling a clean install? You will still need a previous activated windows version to activate W10 or a previous W10 activation file on the MS server.
While some of what you are saying is true, I do believe the main culprit with the W10 slow boot might be in the services that are being loaded.
I do wish someone (Jim) could give users a detailed list of the services that need to be running and the ones that are running and can be safely stopped and set to manual.
BTW what size was your pen drive?

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Marc Thomas
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September 9, 2015 - 8:57 am
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Daniel
The drive I installed 10 on yesterday was a brand new, unformatted drive.
Using the media creation tool, I created the Windows 10 install media on the 32Gb pen drive and booted from that.
All other drives were disconnected, so as far as Windows was concerned it was a new installation.
However,as I posted earlier, I skipped all prompts for activation keys and allowed it to install totally default. On completion, I checked properties and Windows was activated.
It's important to note that I logged into the new install with my Microsoft account, so one has to deduce that my license is tied to that machine.
That's about as clean an install as you can get.
As far as services....I'll be finishing off the install later with my other programs and games, but I still haven't found a way of hiding Microsoft services is msconfig.

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Marc, are you saying that the "Hide all Microsoft services" option is missing in msconfig>Services?

It's still where it always has been in my Windows 10.

Daniel, with its system of dependencies, services is a very complex area. Indeed, there are entire websites dedicated to explaining and advising on services.

These days, Windows generally includes only those services related to important functionality. Rule of thumb; best to leave Microsoft’s built-in Windows services alone. And, if one must experiment, set the service to Manual rather than Disable.

On the other hand, most non-Microsoft services which aren't associated with security software can safely be disabled from msconfig>services.

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September 11, 2015 - 8:41 am
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My mistake;I couldn't see the wood for the trees.
Hide all Microsoft services is indeed where it always has been...duh!

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