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mschubb
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Yoga 13 w/ 8Gb ram & SSD -- Help w/ fresh install of WIN 10?

My daughter let our dear friend Microsoft Windows auto-update her old Yoga 13 to Windows 10.  (Yoga is an early model 2191 w/ i5-3317U.)    The machine has been slow as molasses ever since -- basically unusuable-- so now she's using a different laptop.   My usual tricks (disk cleaning, CCleaner, etc.)  did not help. 

 

Would like to start fresh with an SSD reformat and clean install of Windows 10.  (I have a separate version of Win 10 Pro I can use that was bought for a future DIY build.)  But I am very hesitant to reformat and try a fresh USB stick install without advice from someone who has done it on this proprietary type of machine.

 

Any advice?  Suggested workflow to avoid problems?  Will a clean install -- followed by a round of lenovo driver updates -- actually work?   Or will this be opening up an ugly can of worms....?

 

Thanks in advance for any help!

 

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Re: Yoga 13 w/ 8Gb ram & SSD -- Help w/ fresh install of WIN 10?

If you installed the free update, a fresh install will work


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Re: Yoga 13 w/ 8Gb ram & SSD -- Help w/ fresh install of WIN 10?

FWIW I had a similar experience with an older machine running an in-place upgrade to Win 10.

 

Performance wasn't satisfactory.  It was much better after a Win 10 clean install.

 

That's only one case - a U 260 - so it doesn't gurarantee anything about your particular machine.

 

If you've previously updated to Win 10 the activation status is stored on Microsoft's servers and a clan install of the same version should activate automatically.

 

You can download the latest rev of Win 10 here: 

 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

 

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mschubb
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Re: Yoga 13 w/ 8Gb ram & SSD -- Help w/ fresh install of WIN 10?

Thanks for both your responses!   From what you're saying, I won't need my other Win10 license... I can reformat the harddrive and Windows registration/validation will just recognize that previously validated machine as licensed.  Do I have that right??  

 

My other main question is will the Yoga 13 operate at least well enough on that generic Windows install that I will be able to then install the various Lenovo drivers?

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