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  1. #21


    bangalore
    Posts : 634
    Windows 8.1 professional x64 + WMC


    Brink, I have a question..I have upgraded from windows 7 to windows 8 by purchasing the upgrade key.. Suppose I do a reset pc the during activation can I use the same key that was mailed to me in order to activate the repaired os?

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  2. #22


    Posts : 21,825
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Bagavan,

    Yes, you would want to use the Windows 8 product key number during the reset.
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  3. #23


    I've already availed myself of this tutorial, for the reset portions anyways.. since I didnt know what to expect. turned out to not even need it really.. but others might.

    really well put together man.
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  4. #24


    Posts : 21,825
    64-bit Windows 10


    Thank you xraiderv1. I'm glad it was able to help.
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  5. #25


    Germany
    Posts : 24
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    I did a UEFI usb installation with my first Windows 8 install and i wanted to know what happens if i choose to use the reset option?

    After the install will i have back the 4 partitions?

    And do i need the windows 8 installation disc (in my case a usb flash drive) to complete the reset?
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  6. #26


    Posts : 21,825
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Makaveli,

    Yes, you will need to have your UEFI Windows 8 installation media connected to be able to do the reset.

    The reset will not affect your partitions. A reset will only affect Windows 8 itself.
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  7. #27


    Germany
    Posts : 24
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Makaveli,

    Yes, you will need to have your UEFI Windows 8 installation media connected to be able to do the reset.

    The reset will not affect your partitions. A reset will only affect Windows 8 itself.
    So basically the reset does a clean install on the partition where Windows 8 is installed.

    And since it asks you for a cd key, how is the reset different from just booting from the usb drive and do a clean install?
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  8. #28


    Posts : 21,825
    64-bit Windows 10


    A reset only affects Windows 8 itself and is faster, while booting from the USB could affect the entire Windows 8 drive depending on what you do in steps 5 to 9 below.

    Clean Install - Windows 8

    Plus, with it being UEFI, it would be much easier to reset, than do this below all over again.

    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
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  9. #29


    Germany
    Posts : 24
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Thanks for the help Brink, you made it clear for me
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  10. #30


    Posts : 21,825
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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