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If I use the refresh my pc and start over option, will it

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    If I use the refresh my pc and start over option, will it


    I upgraded to Windows 8 from the Microsoft Store and it worked but it didn't reset my hard memory. and i didn't buy the Windows 8 dvd so if I reinstall my laptop using the "fresh my pc and start over" option, will it still be windows 8?

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    Wow so many typos lol "hard drive memory*" and "refresh"*
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    give it a try
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeandrd92 View Post
    I upgraded to Windows 8 from the Microsoft Store and it worked but it didn't reset my hard memory. and i didn't buy the Windows 8 dvd so if I reinstall my laptop using the "fresh my pc and start over" option, will it still be windows 8?
    I don't know what you mean by "didn't reset my hard memory." Hard driive? Yes, it should still be Win8 if you really installed 8 in the first place. Go to Control Panel > System to see if Win8 is installed if you are uncertain. Here is a good read on doing a reset FWIW. Note that you will need to be able to "insert install media" (e.g., an installation disc) when performing a reset. Perhaps a flash drive with the installer on it would work?
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    Important to note:

    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Note that you will need to be able to "insert install media" (e.g., an installation disc) when performing a reset. Perhaps a flash drive with the installer on it would work?

    That's right, you still need the DVD or ISO.

    There will be a Windows.old folder that contains the old files in it and you can delete after the refresh, to gain disk space:
    Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 8
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    Good point. Interestingly, here is a set of instructions that shows how to "insert" no media during the refresh process per se. You can use either a disc or an ISO to prepare for doing the sans insert "media" refresh. One way or the other you still need a disc or and ISO though. Still not sure about a flash drive.
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    If you did an upgrade install it likely kept you previously installed programs. It will be Windows 8 but with some of the stuff from your original install.
    "Refresh" choice leaves intact your data—photos, music, videos, and documents, your new-style Windows 8 apps, and your system settings.
    if you want to take it one step further and get as close to a clean install as possible do a "Reset". You should probabaly read up on both options before deciding.
    How to Refresh or Reset Your Windows 8 PC | PCMag.com
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    How to do a Automatic Repair:
    Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8

    How to do a Refresh:
    Refresh Windows 8

    How to do a Reset
    Reset Windows 8

    How to download a ISO:
    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...edownload.html
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    A refresh option takes away all your programs some file and leaves your start screen as it is. It does not 'refresh' as such but put your computer in a similar to upgrade condition. It was a big mistake in my case...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarka Dal View Post
    A refresh option takes away all your programs some file and leaves your start screen as it is. It does not 'refresh' as such but put your computer in a similar to upgrade condition. It was a big mistake in my case...
    Refresh will only remove problem programs.

    Are sure you did a Refresh, & not Reset.
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