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  1. #60


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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    I can do it with a new HD Drive or clean all, but not a used MBR drive with the installer. (with a DVD)

    I don't know if it'll work with a DVD. I used the created UEFI USB flash drive instead.

    Did you delete all partitions on the disk during setup until is showed as "unallocated space"?

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  2. #61


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    I can do it with a new HD Drive or clean all, but not a used MBR drive with the installer. (with a DVD)

    I don't know if it'll work with a DVD. I used the created UEFI USB flash drive instead.

    Did you delete all partitions on the disk during setup until is showed as "unallocated space"?
    If I delete all partitions, drive is still allocated to MBR.
    If I click NEW, I end up one MBR partition.
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  3. #62


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    Odd. Try with using an UEFI USB flash drive.
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  4. #63


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    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


    Are there ISO files of Windows 8 available just like there are for Windows 7?
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  5. #64


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    Hello Layback Bear,

    Not as far as I know, but you can redownload a Windows 8 ISO directly from Microsoft at the link below though.

    http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...edownload.html
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  6. #65


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    Thanks, Brink. However, I get an error when I enter the Windows 8 key.Name:  w8error.PNG
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    This is an OEM key from the pre-installed version of Windows 8 from a Sony Vaio laptop.
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  7. #66


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    Ah, you would need to do a system recovery with your Sony Vaio laptop instead to restore Windows 8 back to a factory state.



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  8. #67


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    That's why I wanted just the ISO file. I don't want all of Sony's crapware again.
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  9. #68


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    It doesn't appear that you can use an OEM product key to activate a retail ISO like you could with Windows 7.

    As a workaround, you could do a system recovery (if needed), uninstall all of Sony's bloatware that you don't want, then create a system image to another drive.

    This way you could just do a System Image Recovery as needed to have your PC back to like it was when the image was created.
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  10. #69


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    Okay. Thanks, Brink. I'll give that a try.

    LB
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