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Reset Windows 8

  1. #70


    AngelOvTeOdd Junior Member


    Yes, but I do not want the OEM recovery. I'd prefer a clean slate.

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  2. #71


    Posts : 2
    Windows8


    Hi,
    I bought a computer that I need to return before the return period is over. It came with Windows 8 already installed. In order to set up Windows 8 and I had log in with my Microsoft information. Given that, what info has been stored on the computer? Is it all my information (e.g. contacts, emails, etc) or is it just my login information?
    I haven't added any apps, software or anything else.
    I want to erase any personal data before I return it, but I can't do anything to it that will void the return policy and it seems some ways of erasing all my data will do that(?).
    Will the above tutorial erase all my personal info or do I need to do something else? And as Windows 8 was pre-installed, I don't have the product key.
    Thanks!
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  3. #72


    Posts : 21,821
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Pixie, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Yes, resetting Windows back to default will remove all information, and will basically be a new clean installation again. When you get to setup, you can just setup a dummy local account without a password so it will be generic.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  4. #73


    Posts : 2
    Windows8


    Hi Shawn,

    Thanks for the info
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  5. #74


    Posts : 21,821
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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  6. #75


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1


    Thank you so much! Saved my life, the first option wasn't working for me but the second did. Thanks a bunch!
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  7. #76


    well
    i have windows 8 pre-installed
    if i did so will it ask me to enter the product key -which i doesn't have - ?
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  8. #77


    Posts : 21,821
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Zaref,

    No worries. OEM computers that come with Windows 8/8.1 preinstalled have the product key embedded in the BIOS/UEFI firmware now that the Windows installation will automatically detect and enter during installation and a reset.
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  9. #78


    many thanks
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  10. #79


    Posts : 21,821
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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