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Clean install on ASUS Tablet

  1. #31


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    windows 7 & 8


    Yeah I dont see anything in the bios about the microSD slot and I also have a usb portable dvd writer so that had crossed my mind as an option. My guess is it will boot from the microUSB port with a usb flash drive or the dvd drive, but not boot from the microSD slot.

    as for the drivers I would back them up from your ASUS as well as get them from the ASUS site... Ive found sometimes the ones currently on to be newer than the ones on manufactures websites and sometimes vs versa.

    and yes from what I read the clean install of windows 8.1 they seemed to feel it was zipper

    I have a microHDMI ill give it a try this weekend and watch a movie using VLC.

    Im still looking for a good pdf reader but maybe Im just stuck without a good one since windows app store still leaves much to be desired as far as extra options but if I have time this weekend I might try to install bluestacks and try to run my favorite pdf reader from android on it.

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  2. #32


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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    I see i got you thinking on this more and more, .

    I never used a USB Flash drive for this kind of situation before. So i guess i am not too knowledgeable on it.
    But i am doing my research and homework as i usually do, before i ever attempt doing anything on a PC,laptop or Tablet i am not too familiar with.

    When i bought this Tablet i believe one of the update through ASUS Live Update was marked ME400C, probably was driver updates, along with the BIOS update.

    So one on the ASUS site is the newest ones compared to one that came on the Tablet, driver date on the site is 2014.
    Tablet was manufactured before that, would of had Windows 8.1 on it also. Look at dates when it was made.

    Well i made a USB Flash Drive following Brink's Tutorial, copied the contents of a Windows 8.1 32bit DVD to it.
    Copied ASUS Drivers and ASUS Live Update to another USB Drive. Do more homework and think about doing it or not, need to look at a few more things, possibility of knowing if this has secure boot and shutting it off if i do this also. Then there is also the possibility this recovery partition is locked.

    Hey if i want to watch a Movie i have my desktop PC with HD 1920 X 1080p, no reason hook tablet to my Monitor, not gonna work better anyways. Cyberlink PowerDVD one of the best.

    Do not know much about PDF readers. Adobe Acrobat an option ?
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  3. #33


    Posts : 13
    windows 7 & 8


    ive got a HTPC high res with bluray etc...so Im good to go...but I figure why not try out the hdmi on it...might come in handy to have done it a time or 2 for when Im on the road or movie at a friends house etc... and can just use my portable tablet


    good thing for google and all the others out there who have done it before us and wrote it up. I am thinking on it more and would like to do a clean fresh install of windows 8.1 (no update etc fresh and clean!!!) I do have to get 32bit 8.1 off the web though as I dont currently have a disk and get my serial for windows off the asus before I have at it...

    I cant imagine it being slower...so we only got room to improve and space to gain!
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  4. #34


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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Yes i have a Blu-ray DVD Burner also, nice set of 5.1 speakers.Creative Soundblaster Z 5.1 Card.Decent EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Video card.

    I tried the USB hub with a keyboard and mouse, but i only thing i can not access is the recovery partition just to check it out.
    ASUS said press F9 on keyboard at boot, but nuttin' happens.

    F8 gets me a menu for the boot manager or BIOS Setup. Nothing in the boot manager, i assume it's because nothing to boot from yet, nothing hooked up. This was just a test.

    All i get on internet are ways to do a reset from within Windows 8.1 in PC settings. Is this it? Am i missing something ?



    Well if i finish my homework get bold enough i may connect the USB Flash drive and try.
    One thing that i may need to do is i noticed Secure Boot in the BIOS, i may need to disable it if i try the clean install.
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  5. #35


    Posts : 13
    windows 7 & 8


    Ive heard of this issue when going from a hdd to an ssd drive, but this isnt the case since its always had a ssd... my next guess would be that its possible the partition is still there, BUT the "link" to it has be lost due to the update from windows 8 to 8.1??? just a guess but that could be reason as its a major update and in a sense its kind of done like an upgrade to a different version of windows vs a SP1 to SP2 type of update... and it sets up your old documents in the windows.old folder.. so maybe that has something to do with it??

    my 3rd thought is somehow 8.1 doesnt want to let you go back to 8??? but this is unlikely and is the last thing I could come up with without doing any research on it

    I tell you so far these ASUS set ups, updates, windows updates, factory resets and so on... its not straight forward as it was in windows 7...seems there is a lot of error and issues to deal with... ive never had to work so hard on a brand new out of the box device i my life!!!
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  6. #36


    N.Y.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Listen i can try to call back ASUS on F9 deal. Pretty good at answering quickly and will talk with you long.

    I do not believe everything i read on the internet, good reason i come here where there are knowledgeable people.

    I was curious to see the screen for the recovery, in case of i ever needed it. Be calling ASUS if i do then.

    Do not believe updates are causing this to happen, unless you do a clean install of Windows 8 or 8.1, then you might loose the function of F9, even with possibly keeping the partition. You may also as said not be able to remove it, due to it being locked.
    Hence not even being able to do a Clean Install EITHER!

    A guess is after or even before an update or upgrade to 8.1 this partition may possibly only be accessed through Windows 8 PC settings screen, similar to when you do a reset or refresh. Saw a topic about holding down shift key plus power button, something like that, should of saved the page, or typing factory in search bar in tiles screen.

    I never look at any PC stuff as hard work, especially that i enjoy using one, i always look at it as a learning experience.
    Don't get frustrated, if you do, take a break, come back to it. I have done a lot with my Desktop PC,i've learned a lot and i'm not afraid to learn more, never too old.
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  7. #37


    Posts : 13
    windows 7 & 8


    Dont get me wrong I enjoy tinkering, learning and figuring things out. I had an old lenovo x41t tablet and I had xp on it, then vista, then windows 7 then just bc I added windows 8... and you know they dont update the drivers and such for it since after vista, so it was always fun to try to get things to work properly and all the dedicated buttons etc....

    well let me know what you come up with on the F9 issue...
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  8. #38


    N.Y.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    I get ya!! Just checking

    Tried F9 still nothing.

    But guess what, i got anxious and did the Clean install of Windows 8.1 32bit. Had all research i felt needed, finished my homework.

    Everything went good, no issues at all, exactly as shown in that tablet pc forum you linked me.

    As said before i made the USB Flash Drive UEFI Bootable, copied the contents of a Windows 8.1 disc to the flash drive.
    Went to ASUS site and downloaded the Drivers package v5.0 and ASUS Live Update software and unzipped and copied them to another USB Flash Drive.

    I connected the USB OTG Cable w/USB Hub connected keyboard and a mouse, restarted and hit F8 to get the boot manager and saw UEFI USB Flash Device an selected it.

    Installation started just as it did when i did it before with Desktop, did not take long at all. When it was done i put in other USB Flash Drive and installed the ASUS Driver Package 5.0 and Live Update then rebooted.

    I am now installing Windows 8.1 updates, about 49 + WiFi update.

    Let you know more how it is, so far HDD reads 49GB free space, have not even done a clean up yet of install.
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  9. #39


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    windows 7 & 8


    NICE...glad things went so smoothly! I think Ill do the same thing when I get some free time to knock it all out in a row! Did you get the windows serial key for the vivotab smart, use another one you had or bc its embedded in the bios it did it all on its own?
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  10. #40


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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Yes it did go smoothly, one thing about a clean install, it goes so much faster then a factory recovery which most of times takes an hour or more, i remember doing one or two on my Desktop. Only slow thing is Windows update and i know it is not my WiFi, i have fast internet service, either it's the Tablet's speed (processor or Wifi) or Windows Updates speed. Even if i am doing just say 3 updates.

    I had this Windows 8.1 disc with it's own serial number, so did not need ASUS one.

    Seems that only thing is i lost a few programs, some of the bundled ones ASUS put in, like Kindle, ASUS Vibe and ASUS Web storage.

    No big deal, i had ASUS Vibe on my desktop never liked it, do not use ASUS Web storage.

    After all updates i have now about 48GB free space.But i will be putting some programs back on, like Microsoft Office 2013.
    Some other smaller programs. Plus i have a 64GB MicroSD.

    Well i do not see any issues, i will make sure to keep that USB Flash Drive in case, but can always use Windows 8.1 refresh or reset.
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