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  1. #140


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    windows 8.1


    Well first off I should probably ask this: Would you recommend doing a clean install in the first place? I can uninstall a lot of the apps etc, but things like Samsung Kies and various other programs do not uninstall correctly and leave archive files all over the place. I run a lot of CPU heavy computation programs and want a clean system, but am I going to see any noticeable performance benefits from doing a clean install rather than just uninstalling programs? I know that is a very speculative question, but I am just asking you to give me your recommendation.

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  2. #141


    Posts : 21,818
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by joey1558 View Post
    1. Is it possible to/How can I clone, or make an exact copy of my current system and place it on an external hard drive without messing the data up. Aside from my C: drive, I have 5! other partitions and I'm not sure what contains what. There's a healthy: a EFI system partition , and 4!! recovery partitions; some only half a GB some 20GBs

    You could use something like the free program Macrium Reflect Free to create a system image backup with.

    Quote Originally Posted by joey1558 View Post
    2. I also wanted to confirm that even though I already recovered my encrypted product key, do I still need to enter a generic key upon installation, and activated later with my OEM key?

    Your product key embedded in tge UEFI firmware will automatically be detected and entered by the Windows installation if you install either Windows 8 or 8.1, and not the Pro edition since that's not what your key is for.

    Quote Originally Posted by joey1558 View Post
    Well first off I should probably ask this: Would you recommend doing a clean install in the first place? I can uninstall a lot of the apps etc, but things like Samsung Kies and various other programs do not uninstall correctly and leave archive files all over the place. I run a lot of CPU heavy computation programs and want a clean system, but am I going to see any noticeable performance benefits from doing a clean install rather than just uninstalling programs? I know that is a very speculative question, but I am just asking you to give me your recommendation.

    It's up to you, but if you're not happy with a factory default installation, then yeah a clean install would let you start fresh. Just be sure that you have all drivers downloaded from Asus for your PC's model number to have handy to install after Windows is finished installing.
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