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April 6, 2020

Windows Insiders – Time to clean install

The Windows Insider team released Build 19536 for Fast Ring yesterday, December 16. It is the seventh release in a month. Even for keen “clean installers” like me, that is simply too many to do a clean install whenever a new build is released.

However, now we can be sure that there will not be any new builds for at least two and a half to three weeks, because Build 19536 is the last one for 2019:

My guess is that the next release will be in exactly three weeks. That falls on Tuesday, the 6th of January. I have to admit, though, that I wouldn’t be surprised if it were released already on Friday, the 3rd of January.

In other words, if you have nothing better to do for the coming holiday season (I don’t!), it’s time to clean your PC(s) and (re)start from scratch. In my case, I will create a new custom deployment image in the coming days, and deploy it to my devices using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit before the end of week. In doing so, I am able to give time for a clean installed Build 19536 to settle, and then, to fine tune all my devices in peace.

About a clean install versus an in-place upgrade: it’s funny how Windows users have generally speaking changed their attitudes. Back in Windows XP, Vista and 7 era, planning to perform an in-place upgrade was considered something you simply shouldn’t do. On the other hand, a clean install of a new OS was considered not just a good thing to do, but the only sensible option. Things went so far sometimes, that at one point I felt forced to publicly defend the in-place upgrade as a reasonable strategy. You can read those arguments in a post on Seven Forums, a sister site for Ten Forums. I wrote it just over 10 years ago: A simple guide to a successful in-place upgrade

Today, with Windows 10 feature upgrades, some members on Ten Forums have told me that I am not a “proper Insider” because I openly admit that I perform a clean install as often as possible. I have been told that the “Insider team does not want us Insider to do clean installs, because one of the things they are testing is Windows Update and how it handles in-place upgrades“. If you ask me, that’s just not true; it is equally important for the Insider team to know that their releases have no issues in clean installs, too.

Whatever you think, the upcoming three week break with no new builds is the best possible time for a new, fresh and clean install. I recommend it. Go to UUP Dump to make yourself a 19536 ISO and just do it!


Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

5 Responses “Windows Insiders – Time to clean install”

  1. CountMike
    December 17, 2019 at 16:02

    That’s what I’m contemplating right now. Last clean install was I believe 1803 Skippy build. No real problems though, just feels old because of many experiments which I do on it and keep regular version clean.

    • December 17, 2019 at 16:07

      Generally speaking, there haven’t been nor will there be such long breaks between releases than now, at least breaks we Insiders have had any advance knowledge. In my sincere opinion, if any Insider out there has lately been think to do a fresh, clean install, now is the time to do it.

  2. Keith Donald
    December 17, 2019 at 17:35

    Must admit. I’ve been contemplating a clean install on my fast ring VM. It has been continually upgraded now since the Technical Preview. So it’s long overdue. Unfortunately real life will intrude over the Christmas period so maybe later.

  3. Jim
    February 27, 2020 at 20:22

    Hello and thanks for the article. I tried to deploy 19041.84 with MDT (adk winpe 19041) but after task installing operating system and before restart mdt breaks verify bdcboot … 8 errors

    Have you tried it? Thank you

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