Doing a uninstall, as you suggest, is like wearing dirty clothes that have not been washed properly. Even though the unwanted programs, etc have been uninstalled there are generally still remanents of them in the registry, Program Files, User Files, etc.
Nothing wrong with doing it that way, just some of us prefer to put on a new pair of pants instead of wearing dirty clothes.
Last edited by N30; 27 Jul 2013 at 10:48.
N30, I agree both about about the manufacturer drivers and the remanents.
My point was: Most people justify their "clean install" by "getting rid of bloatware" and are quite obsessed about the fact that "there is evil bloatware". Provided you are fine with some minor remanents, I wanted to point out that in general, uninstalling bloatware can be quick and easy in many cases. Drivers can still be replaced by manufacturers', if needed(though one might have to uninstall and reboot first... yeah I see the problems). Nevertheless, there are more reasons to do a clean install, in fact I am just trying to figure out the advantages of a personal license install @ Win 8.1 install: re-deployable to dissimilar hardware myself, as opposed to OEM pre-installed.
All about doing your HOMEWORK before buying.
If you do your homework, no need to uninstall bloatware or clean install.
I was searching for a while to find this link, it let's you re-download your Windows 8 disc using your win8 product key:
Upgrade Windows with only a product key - Microsoft Windows Help
This is the answer. I guess Microsoft wanted to bury this link to encourage more sales.
Please re-post this link on any appropriate forums you're a member of.
Lenovo is a OEM Licence, not a Retail.I just got a new laptop, a Lenovo X230, for which I paid extra to have the OS on it as Windows 8 Pro.
So--now I have it, and Win 8 Pro 64 is installed and activated on it. I am a legal owner of Win 8 Pro.
However, I would like to do a clean install of Win 8 on the computer, to have it free of bloatware, etc. (In fact, I would like to set up a multi-boot with Win 7, and perhaps even triple boot with Xp as well. (I have installation media and my product keys for XP and 7 though, so those are not really a problem.)
I have read the whole conversation and even found a person with my exact problem. I have read your suggestion but something isn't exactly clear to me:
I need to buy an ssd and put in my asus laptop. I have an OEM version of Windows 8.
The question is: once I have the recovery drive, is this considered as a full operating system ready to be installed in my machine, which has the cd-key matching that OEM version)?
The point is, if I install an SSD how can I install in there the windows version, since inside the ssd there isn't the recovery partition (it's new so it must be so)
I don't know if the question is clear.
Thanks in advance
See this thread for instructions on what you need to do: looking to perform a Clean install and need OEM iso