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Clean Install of Windows 8 without install disc?

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    Clean Install of Windows 8 without install disc?


    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.)

    The computer came with no discs at all. There is a procedure to make recovery disks. I may do that, but I think those will be to restore the computer to how it came from the factory, and therefore not usable for a clean install.

    I don't see my product key for Win 8 anywhere. Not on the computer, not on any kind of card that came with it, etc.

    I looked at the tutorial here for clean install of Windows 8, but it requires an install disc and product key. I have neither, although I am a legal owner of Windows 8.

    Is there a way I can create (from my installed Windows 8) a win 8 install disk, that can be used for a clean install? Or a link to download one? Is there a way I can get my product key?

    Thank you in advance.

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    You shouldn't need to enter a product key with an oem machine.

    The recovery partition and discs will likely reinstall with all the crapware.

    Hard to tell without looking at it. Dell recovery program used to offer an option to reinstall without crapware. Perhaps your oem does also.

    Many would like to do a clean install as you describe. Not so easy with win8 oem pre install .
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    Yes, the manufacturer's recovery discs and partitiions are always to put the machine back how it came from the factory, including the bloatware. I may create those discs, in case I ever need to do that, but those cannot be used for a clean install.

    Therefore, how do I create or download a disc that can be used for a clean install? (I recall with Win 7, it was possible to download that, at no cost. (Of course one had to have one's license key, in order to activate it.)

    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    You shouldn't need to enter a product key with an oem machine.

    The recovery partition and discs will likely reinstall with all the crapware.

    Hard to tell without looking at it. Dell recovery program used to offer an option to reinstall without crapware. Perhaps your oem does also.

    Many would like to do a clean install as you describe. Not so easy with win8 oem pre install .
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    There are some floating around, no official d/l links as far as I can tell.

    Perhaps MS expect you to go to the oem. But they will probably just send you the same bloat ridden install media you already have on recovery partition.

    Probably folk will resort to getting them from torrents .

    A number of things are less easy with winds 8
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    Download and run Belarc Advisor, this program is free and will show you a lot of information including the keys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maiki View Post
    I looked at the tutorial here for clean install of Windows 8, but it requires an install disc and product key. I have neither, although I am a legal owner of Windows 8.

    Is there a way I can create (from my installed Windows 8) a win 8 install disk, that can be used for a clean install? Or a link to download one? Is there a way I can get my product key?

    Thank you in advance.
    You might cut to the chase and install Win7. Then, to upgrade to Win8, you could go here to get the ISO--which would lead to the creation of a clean install DVD or flash drive. See this tutorial; it instructs on how to get the ISO. You also would get a product key. Note that you would forfeit your Win7 license in the process. Perhaps you have two Win7 full install licenses. The upgrade is $39.99 U.S. until the end of the year. $199 thereafter.
    Last edited by znod; 22 Jan 2013 at 06:33.
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    Duh! And why not buy a full install system builder edition of Win8 and install under the personal use license? This license allows you to full/clean install Win8 on one owned machine/partition at a time no matter how much system you build. Later you could move it to another owned machine/partition. And, the software/license is transferrable. You get a product key, of course.
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    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8




    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


    Methodology to create Recovery Media and reload a Lenovo system with Microsoft Windows 8 preload


    Quote Originally Posted by Lenovo
    NOTE: From this point forward in the recovery process, the choices for actual operating system recovery depend on the existing state of the computer hard drive.

    Below are the instructions if there is an existing Microsoft Windows 8 install on the hard drive.
    1.Select the target operating system of Microsoft Windows 8 to reload over existing Lenovo preload.
    2.Select "Yes" to repartition the drives or "No" to keep existing partitions. For a clean install, the drives should be repartitioned.
    3.Select "Fully Clean the drive".
    4.Click Reset to begin the process.
    5.The reset/recovery process takes approximately 90 minutes.
    6.Once the reset/recovery is complete, the system will reboot into Microsoft Windows 8.

    Below are the instructions if the hard drive is blank.
    1.Select "Yes" to repartition the HDD or "No" to keep the existing partitions.
    2.Click either choice, but these instructions follow the repartition scenario.
    3.Select "Fully Clean the drive" as this will take several minutes to complete.
    4.Click Reset to begin the process.
    5.The reset/recovery process takes approximately 90 minutes.
    6.Once the reset/recovery is complete, the system will reboot into Microsoft Windows 8.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lenovo
    When the hard disk drive or solid state drive is replaced because of a failure, no
    product recovery program is on the new drive. In this case, you must use the
    Recovery Disc Set for the computer. Order the Recovery Disc Set and the drive at
    the same time so that you can recover the new drive with the pre-installed
    software when they arrive.
    From the manual for Lenovo G480.
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    He doesn't want the oem restore discs.

    He wants a clean install - no crapware.

    There is the MS crapware to contend with as well. It is possible to remove the crapps. from the installation media - provided you have an install.wim.

    The other crapware - Metro - is harder to remove.
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    Vista and Win7


    Until the end of the month you can still get the upgrade .iso for $40 and then install it like that: Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
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