Fresh Start: transition to W10, leave a lot behind..?

Just wondering if it's possible to store my pix, music & text files in an external drive, and then start fresh with the new installation of Windows 10.

I'd love to say goodbye to whatever unwanted add-ons or embedded sales ware, background stuff that has no doubt lodged in my computer in the last 4 years. I'd be moving from Win7 and wonder if I could utilize this opportunity for a clean sweep, store files external, and then reinstall any software, driver updates I need later. And then bring back the files after the housecleaning.
Can this work this way ??
Thanks for replies !

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Sure. But there is a question about license, cost.

If you are on 7, then to do this you buy a Windows 10 license. If you let Microsoft upgrade 7 to 10 then you can download 10 and do a clean install without buying a new license. This is well discussed so let's cover a common area folk forget about.

Which are drivers and apps. Drivers folk seem to understand, apps, not so much. Most want the apps that add the controls of audio, WiFi on/off and more to get it to work as it did before.

If you want the free Windows 10, you know the drill.

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Yes it's possible, but more complex.

I'll tell you how, but first let me stress the need for a complete system backup before doing anything! This forum and the MS ones are full of sad tales from folks who didn't heed this advice.
OK, understand that the free upgrade is only available via the UPGRADE from 7 or 8, so that means that to get it, you first have to upgrade. When you do that, MS saves info on their server that your system is "good to go" with Windows 10. That means that NOW you can do a clean install of Windows 10. In other words you have to do the upgrade before you can do the clean install. Awkward, but that's how it works. If you have enough disk space, you could make it easier by creating a separate partition to do the clean install in. As to getting the disc for the clean install, you can download it from here:: .
Good luck.

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