New PC with Windows 11


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Hi,

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I hope everyone is well and good. If this post should be in another location, please let me know. I have got a new PC and have Windows 11 installed. I have four drives in the machine. Two are SSD's on the motherboard and the other two are older 3.5 inch ones from my previous PC that I got the guy to hook up when I collected my new PC. The 3.5 inch ones just have data and project files on them. Windows is installed on C: on the drive on the motherboard. For peace of mind, if I want to ever install a fresh copy of Windows 11, I had a few questions in relation to it:

1. Is it really nescessary to disconnect ALL drives except the one I want to install a new fresh copy of Windows 11 to? I think I have seen this in a video on YouTube before. Does simply telling Windows during the installation that I want it to install to C: do the trick?

2. If I did install a fresh Windows, what about all of the hardward like CPU, GPU, Ram, RGB lighting etc, will the drivers for all of these parts get installed automatically or would I have to go and find them manually online?

3. I am in the process of installing my programs. I have a Macrium Reflect image of the C: drive now as it stands, with the programs that I have installed so far that are working fine. If anything goes wrong in this process of installing more programs, is it easy enough to just tell Macrium to load that image and Windows will work fine as a result of that?

4. Can someone point me to the process of getting a fresh copy installed? I did this a good while back with Windows 10, but just want to know the process for Windos 11 as it has been some time! The guy I got the PC from says I don't need a code/serial and that it is build into my system.

I am sure I will have more questions soon, but these as ones I wanted to start with.

If this helps, my main system specs are:
Asus Strix X670E-E Gaming WiFi
Ryzen 9 7950X
3080 Ti Suprim X
Corsair DDR5 64GB Dominator Platinum RGB
980 PRO NVMe M.2 SSD 1TB
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iCUE H150i ELITE LCD Display Liquid CPU Cooler

Thanks
 
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It depends. If there is already a system partition on one of the other disks, setup.exe might put the boot critical files there.

Easy way round that is to partition the target disk first. Then apply the wim image to the windows partition you just created, followed by bcdboot command pointing at the system partition you just created. Advanced users do this all the time. It is very quick.

if you are lazy like me, it is quite easy to do it from a currently running os so the installation can be done without booting into winpe to do the partition/apply.
Can use any decent partition manager or the handy little bootice to partition the target disk in seconds.
Can also use JFX's winntsetup with a nice gui if you cant be bothered to do the apply and bcdboot with commands.
winntsetup530

If you want to install over your current running os, then boot into winpe and bootice and winntsetup will run fine from winpe.

If that is too complicated, then unplug the other disks.
 
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Welcome to Eleven Forum @RedLad

1. Disconnect all drives except the one you install Windows on. Disconnect the internet also.
2. Windows 10 or 11 will have most, if not all of the needed drivers.
3. Yes. Macrium makes you a computer god. Make sure to make Macrium's bootable rescue media.
4. You won't need the code/serial. Windows doesn't work that way anymore.




And all those specs and Windows version... put them in your System Specs on this forum. :-)






You get a gold star for making a backup after the clean install. :cool:

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I have got a new PC and have Windows 11 installed.
Welcome to Eleven Forum.....
Is it really nescessary to disconnect ALL drives except the one I want to install a new fresh copy of Windows 11 to?
It's best to, if you don't there is a chance that Windows may install the EFI partition on one of the other drives. That make things complicated, your PC won't boot if you ever remove that other drive.
If I did install a fresh Windows, what about all of the hardward like CPU, GPU, Ram, RGB lighting etc, will the drivers for all of these parts get installed automatically or would I have to go and find them manually online?
Generally Windows has most drivers you will need, maybe not the latest though. Once installed Windows Update may well offer many more drivers as optional updates. I've even had bios updates offered for my Dell laptops through Windows Update.
Can someone point me to the process of getting a fresh copy installed?
Here's the tutorial....

 

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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro.

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Wow, thanks so much for the welcome and quick replies. Amazing help here, that is so great to see.

@SIW2 Thanks, but I am not an advanced user to be trying that stuff so I think just disconnecting the other 3 drives is the safest option.

Wouldn't you think Windows would be clever enough to just install to the drive you tell it too. Anyway, good to know this info.

For disconnecting the drives - that is another story.

1. Can the other SSD be removed withought having to take the full motherboard out of the PC? Keep in mind I never do any of this stuff like messing around with the inside of a PC! My older Dell had slots at the front and the 3.5 inch drives simply just slid out. No wires/unscrewing etc. to remove them, it seemed great.

2. But this new PC, the guy had to do a bit of fiddling to put the two 3.5 inch drives in. I do remember him not just being able to slide them into the PC. So that is something I would need to look into also.

Cheers for the links to the fresh install guide too, very helpful.
 

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Wow, thanks so much for the welcome and quick replies. Amazing help here, that is so great to see.

@SIW2 Thanks, but I am not an advanced user to be trying that stuff so I think just disconnecting the other 3 drives is the safest option.

Wouldn't you think Windows would be clever enough to just install to the drive you tell it too. Anyway, good to know this info.

For disconnecting the drives - that is another story.

1. Can the other SSD be removed withought having to take the full motherboard out of the PC? Keep in mind I never do any of this stuff like messing around with the inside of a PC! My older Dell had slots at the front and the 3.5 inch drives simply just slid out. No wires/unscrewing etc. to remove them, it seemed great.

2. But this new PC, the guy had to do a bit of fiddling to put the two 3.5 inch drives in. I do remember him not just being able to slide them into the PC. So that is something I would need to look into also.

Cheers for the links to the fresh install guide too, very helpful.
just unplug the power connectors to the 3.5" sata disks., you can leave the disks where they are. Same with any sata 2.5" disks.

If you have an m.2 connected disk you want to avoid, you will need to remove it being careful not to lose the tiny screw.

sata power connector is the wider one. just unplug , then plug back in after you have completed the installation

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@SIW2 thanks. Yes, the drives on the motherboard are M.2. So maybe I will try hunt down a guide for this specific motherboard about removing that second drive. Would it be general practice to have to take out the while board to add/remove these M.2 drives? Also the GPU, would that need to be taken out? Sorry for these noob questions.

This clean install isn't something I have to do now, but I will have to do so at some stage.
 

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Would it be general practice to have to take out the while board to add/remove these M.2 drives?
No. just a tiny screw and then slide it out.

You shouldnt need to remove the mobo.

In this video he has the mobo out, but only so it easier to show on camera. You should be able do it with the mobo in the case.

 

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Please edit your profile with ALL your hardware specs. It will help us to help you
I seen you gave us the hardware specs on the first post but that isn't the way on the Forum.

To disconnect the 3.5" drives you just need to pull the SATA or power cable.
To disconnect the M.2 drive it is also easy. Make sure you disconnect the PS from the wall outlet. Remove the little screw at the board end. The card will rise up. Pull it gently.

I don't think you will have any problems with drivers but you can save all current drivers using DISM.
dism /online /export-driver /destination:E:\MyDrivers (where E:\MyDrivers is the location to save the drivers)

Let MCT built a Win 11 USB installation drive. You need a 8G (or bigger) drive.

Windows can be installed in two ways: Legacy-MBR or UEFI-GPT
To install as Legacy-MBR you must boot the installation drive as Legacy
To install as UEFI-GPT you must boot the installation drive as UEFI.

As you have a UEFI BIOS, you should install as UEFI-GPT
Detach any other drives
(SATA or Power cable) from the MB.

During POST, press F8(?) to launch the boot menu. You will see two options for the USB drive. USB UEFI (Name) and USB (Name). Select USB UEFI (Name) if you want to install as UEFI-GPT or select USB (name) if you want to install as Legacy-MBR.
Go to install and delete ALL partitions on the main drive till you have one and only one unallocated space and then proceed.
If you don't want to use MS account, there is a little trick
 
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If you want to be absolutely certain that the Windows installer doesn't put boot files on the wrong drive, disconnect all drives except the one you wish to be a boot drive.

However, I doubt that getting boot files on something other than the boot drive is a common occurrence. Others have posted about many clean installs without that happening.

I have done a few installs with multiple drives attached without problems.

I wonder what conditions cause the installer to spread the Windows files to be spread around? I doubt that it's random.
 

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If you want to be absolutely certain that the Windows installer doesn't put boot files on the wrong drive, disconnect all drives except the one you wish to be a boot drive.

However, I doubt that getting boot files on something other than the boot drive is a common occurrence. Others have posted about many clean installs without that happening.

I have done a few installs with multiple drives attached without problems.

I wonder what conditions cause the installer to spread the Windows files to be spread around? I doubt that it's random.
Windows installer will only put the boot manager on another drive IF the other drive has or once had (and wasn't properly cleaned) another Windows installation.
If the other drives doesn't have a partition set as active (MBR) or have a UEFI partition (GPT) there is no reason to Windows installer to install the new boot manager on those drives
 

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Windows installer will only put the boot manager on another drive IF the other drive has or once had (and wasn't properly cleaned) another Windows installation.
If the other drives doesn't have a partition set as active (MBR) or have a UEFI partition (GPT) there is no reason to Windows installer to install the new boot manager on those drives
Thanks for the explanation.

That means that the OP needn't worry about disconnecting drives to do a clean install.

It also makes me feel wise about deleting the partitions on a boot drive before re-using it as a data drive.
 

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    Viewsonic XG320U
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Doing hundreds of Windows, I have never disconnected any drives. You can for peace of mind and to prevent accidentally erasing the wrong drive, but I never have.
 

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    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
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    32GB
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    Windows 11 Education
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    Dell Inspiron 7773
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    Intel i7-8550U
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    32GB
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    Nvidia Geforce MX150
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Hi again,

I had a few questions while my PC is slowly settling down if anyone could help. I have most programs installed and everything seems very good overall. These questions are quite different to each other, but I wanted to keep them here in my thread if that is OK, so I have easy access to the information the helpful people here provide.

1. I keep getting pop-up messages about about protected folder access being blocked when I try to open/run certain programs. One program wouldn't even carry out its task untill I clicked on the popup and gave it access. I just disappered/crashed to the desktop untill I gave the access. I'm not 100% sure of the exact text that appears, but it is something along the lines of 'Protected folder access blocked. Your administrator has blocked this action.'

An example is when I launched Unreal Engine, the pop-up is also happening.

I don't recall seing this as much, if at all, on Windows 10. Can anyone give an insight to this? Would it be the way the guy who built my PC has set it up for some reason, or is it just a Windows 11 thing?

2. My motherboard rgb light is staying on when I shut down my PC, which I find to be a bit weird. It is an Asus Strix X670E-E Gaming WiFi motherboard. Would you recomment to disable this? Would it use any power?

3. This is kind of related to the last question - my graphics card (MSI 3080 Ti SUPRIM X 12GB) has rgb also. But the rgb on it seems to have a life of its own and doesn't have any options to change it in my iCUE software. It is in a continuous cycle of rainbow colours, with a soft repeat/pulse whatever it is usually called. The guy that built the machine for me said that he tried installing MSI's own rgb sortware for the graphics card, but it was causing conflicts. Not sure if he meant crashing or conflicts with the iCUE software. Can anyone recommend what to do in order to get control of the rgb on the graphics card?

4. The last question for now! My Wacom Intuos 4 (PTK-640). Wacom have said in an email that 'there are no compatible drivers for Intuos 4 under Windows 11.' The tablet worked fine in Windows 10. If I installed the driver for Windows 10 would it maybe work then? I have heard Windows 11 is built on the same architecture as Windows 11? This is the release not page for it:

Thanks so much
 

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    DOMINATOR® PLATINUM RGB 64GB (2x32GB) DDR5 DRAM 5200MHz
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    MSI GeForce RTX™ 3080 Ti SUPRIM X 12GB
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    980 PRO NVMe M.2 SSD 1TB
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No takers here this time guys? People were falling over each other the last time to help me!
 

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    AMD Ryzen™ 9 7950X
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    ASUS ROG Strix X670E-E Gaming WiFi
    Memory
    DOMINATOR® PLATINUM RGB 64GB (2x32GB) DDR5 DRAM 5200MHz
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    MSI GeForce RTX™ 3080 Ti SUPRIM X 12GB
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    980 PRO NVMe M.2 SSD 1TB
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Check the "Smart App Control" Settings. It might be in evaluation mode if this is a relatively new Windows 11 installation.
 

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I'll echo the earlier remark about the utility of re-formatting Windows drives before re-using them. I'm in that habit myself, and have only run into the "whoops -- wrong efi!" error on laptops where I've upgraded from smaller to bigger drives, then forgotten to reformat the previous Windows/boot drive. Sigh.
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    Lenovo X380 Yoga
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    20LH000MUS (U3E1)
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    16 GB
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    Intel UHD Graphics 620
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    Integrated Conexant SmartAudio HD
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    FlexView Display
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RedLad

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Check the "Smart App Control" Settings. It might be in evaluation mode if this is a relatively new Windows 11 installation.
That is turned off
 

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    DOMINATOR® PLATINUM RGB 64GB (2x32GB) DDR5 DRAM 5200MHz
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    MSI GeForce RTX™ 3080 Ti SUPRIM X 12GB
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    980 PRO NVMe M.2 SSD 1TB
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#2. A motherboard can indeed have a light on it as long as it it plugged into a wall socket/surge protector. One has to hold down the power switch for 8-10 seconds for the Operating System to be fully shutdown but still will have power to the board until unplugged from the power source. The switch only tells the motherboard to get started, feature of ATX-style boards and controls what the power supply does.

EDIT: left out a word.
The switch on computers with the old AT-Style boards 15-20 or more years ago attached directly to the power supply.
 
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    Dell Vostro 14 (3400)
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    12GB
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    256GB SSD NVMe
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    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
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    Dell Vostro 5890
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    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
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    16GB
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    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
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Just wanted to add - if you ever do decide to do a clean install, you can save all your current drivers first, just in case Windows doesn't find any. There's a link on here I believe - if someone could kindly find it!

As for a good copy of Windows 11 - download from the Microsoft site and burn to a usb.
 

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    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
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    HP Pavilion 14-ce3514sa
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    Core i5
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    8gb
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    Samsung 970 evo plus 1TB
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    Could be better
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    Dismal
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    Firefox
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    Originally installed with a 500gb H10 Optane ssd
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    Windows 11 Home
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    Asus Eee PC 1015PX 10" netbook
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    Intel Atom N570
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    2gb
    Hard Drives
    Samsung Evo 860 250gb ssd
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    Dismal
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    Firefox
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    Defender

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