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Windows 8 HDD reformat

  1. #1


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    windows 7 + 8

    Windows 8 HDD reformat


    I just upgraded to windows 8 64-bit from windows 7 64-bit off of Microsoft website.

    I am having driver issues with soundcard/videocard/chipset/everything so I am just going to reformat my HDD, as in, clean install windows 8 with NOTHING else.

    Is there any way I can do this? I have no physical copy of the windows 8! Do I just make a .iso boot disk?

    Thanks for any help!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    You should be able to install without copying anything over from your old OS. everything Win7 will be moved into a Windows.old folder which you can delete.

    I think.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    windows 7 + 8


    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    You should be able to install without copying anything over from your old OS. everything Win7 will be moved into a Windows.old folder which you can delete.

    I think.
    Thanks for the reply!


    So would I just pop the CD with the .iso into my drive, restart computer, and there should be options there to do what I need?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    I believe so, but make sure you have the Windows 8 drivers for your wifi and ethernet handy, as those didn't copy over on my system.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    You need to redownload the setup D/L from the email link.

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Windows Store email
    If you need to download Windows, write down your new product key and enter it here.
    How to redownload your Windows 8 Upgrade setup D/L.

    Than make the ISO, & burn to DVD or USB pendrive.
    Create Bootable USB or DVD with Windows 8 ISO




    Try a upgrade install from the DVD:
    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ndows-8-a.html
    or
    Try a clean install.
    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Forums
    Clean Install - Windows 8



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