Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums

Clean install with 8.1 No disc

  1. #1

    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1

    Clean install with 8.1 No disc

    I got Windows 8 from Uni as a free download for every student. Today I updated to 8.1 hoping to be able to a clean install as my PC is getting a bit clogged. Is there a way that I can do a clean install with out having a disc or the original download of 8 (have the download for 8.1 obviously) I don't have the key still either can I get it through the system?

    Thanks for any help, it will be very much appreciated.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2

    Posts : 4,515
    Vista and Win7

    The 8.1 update is quasi a new install. It should have reset your system. I have not yet seen a free Windows 8 download.

    The key is in the BIOS. It will automatically activate. But if that is an older system, you need the key you got from your university initially. Maybe you can find an installation disc from a friend.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3

    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,476
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    What is your definition of a clean install? Mine is wiping the existing Windows install and doing a fresh install on a blank empty partition. That cannot be done without install media. Doing a reset as WHS posted will get you as close as possible to that. Backup any files you don't want to lose beforehand. If you upgraded from 8.0 to 8.1 the key you find will likely be the 8.0 key. Product Key - Find for Windows 8 There is also this for getting media. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Clean install with 8.1 No disc

Similar Threads
Thread Forum
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...
Installation & Setup
Does a new windows 8 have install disc?
Hi, this is my first post. I let AVG remote access my computer and they crashed it , it's dead Ok it gave me two options when I turned it back on, I picked the one that formatted the HD. So I forgot to make a boot disc. My question is , if I buy windows 8 which it came with will the install...
Installation & Setup
Re-Install Windows 8.1 OEM.Dont ave th disc.
Hi guys. I am having the same problem. I want to reinstall the OEM verion of my Windows 8.1. But the thing is that i dont have the windows installation disc. You can say i lost it. When i downloaded the Windows setup from Microsoft and insert the product key. It says- "This product key...
Installation & Setup
Win 7 install disc differences ?
I hope it will be OK to ask a Win 7 question in this forum. I am making some Win 7 usb installation flash drives from the cd/dvd disc. I have Full/retail disc and upgrade disc. Does anyone know if these disc are the same with just different product keys or are the disc different? I have both 32b...
Installation & Setup
Cannot get a clean install w/ full Win 8 disc
As the title states, every time I have gone through the install I still end up with old windows files and an option to boot Win 8 or "older version" I have deleted all partitions on the drive and selected the format option (twice now) but each time the Windows 8 install completes I am presented...
Installation & Setup
Clean disk before clean install?
hello I had many problems with BSOD crashes, and decided to make a new clean install (SSD or harddisk). If I make a new clean install (no upgrade) is it enough to create 1 continuous unallocated disk and then it will make a clean install Or do I have to "clean up" my old disk first before making...
Installation & Setup
Upgrade Key and Full Install Disc
On Windows 7, I could use a full install disc, skip entering a key, and then pop in an upgrade key to activate. I know with Windows 8, that you can't skip the key during the install routine, so here's my question: I have several licenses for Windows 8 from TechNet and Retail purchases. Could I...
Installation & Setup

Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook