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Clean install for windows 8 Pro

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    Windows 8 Pro

    Clean install for windows 8 Pro


    So I bought windows 8 this morning. I had to leave for work before it finished installing. I get back and its asking for my PC name and everything. I look and see it did not format my hard drive. I want a clean install so I need that formatted. How do I download the Windows 8 Pro .ISO so I can make a bootable USB or media device?

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Check this post by BillWindows.

    Upgraded, but changed my mind (want clean install, help!)

    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows
    You should have an upgrade file on your desktop, click on that, it asks some questions and one of them is do you want to install later say yes, then another question do you want to create an ISO file just say yes, when it has created the ISO file, right click on it to burn it to a DVD.
    Then boot from that to completely wipe your disk and reformat, make sure you have your key for when you start the installation. If you have a Windows Live account use that. Make sure you feel comfortable doing this and have anything you need backed up, this worked for me, I hope it works for you.
    How to clean install:
    Clean Install - Windows 8
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Check this post by BillWindows.

    Upgraded, but changed my mind (want clean install, help!)

    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows
    You should have an upgrade file on your desktop, click on that, it asks some questions and one of them is do you want to install later say yes, then another question do you want to create an ISO file just say yes, when it has created the ISO file, right click on it to burn it to a DVD.
    Then boot from that to completely wipe your disk and reformat, make sure you have your key for when you start the installation. If you have a Windows Live account use that. Make sure you feel comfortable doing this and have anything you need backed up, this worked for me, I hope it works for you.
    How to clean install:
    Clean Install - Windows 8
    That is for the windows 8 RTM though. Also, does NOT tell me how to get the Windows 8 Pro ISO.
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    That is for the windows 8 RTM though
    You can only buy the RTM.


    Also, does NOT tell me how to get the Windows 8 Pro ISO.
    and one of them is do you want to install later say yes, then another question do you want to create an ISO file just say yes, when it has created the ISO file, right click on it to burn it to a DVD
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by zander145 View Post
    So I bought windows 8 this morning. I had to leave for work before it finished installing. I get back and its asking for my PC name and everything. I look and see it did not format my hard drive. I want a clean install so I need that formatted. How do I download the Windows 8 Pro .ISO so I can make a bootable USB or media device?
    You check your email received from Store(your receipt), there's a link for you to download the Windows, click the link and provide your product key, I haven't tried but worth a try.
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    Windows 8


    Will you be kind enough to let me know whether the cd key provided to me will remain valid if i format my current install and reinstall it?
    Is there any way to remove/uninstall Win 8(I mean deactivate the licence so that when i reinstall the windows, I can again use the same product key?
    Also when I upgraded, the Windows upgraded it to 32 bit OS, where as I wanted 64 bit OS.
    Will the same key work in 64 bit OS again?
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