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Remove Everything and Reinstall Windows Help please

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1

    Remove Everything and Reinstall Windows Help please


    I would like to "Remove everything and Reinstall windows" my laptop came with windows 8 already installed(brand new from shop not second hand 2 years ago now I believe) and is currently upgraded to the free 8.1 update they sent out. My pc has become so slow even with using utilities to clean my pc up still got a few errors(nothing major just annoyances). I would like to start a fresh as windows update has always been a pain to work correctly and download updates without getting errors and such.
    When doing this how long does it take (approx) ? And will/if it ask for a product key where would I locate mine?
    also anything else I should know about? or is it just straight forward.

    Thanks in Advance.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    This image answers none of my Questions sorry. Please Re-read what I have put Thanks.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    download the MFG driver packages for your pc -

    download and create windows 8.1 media > Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

    Clean install windows 8.1 - the installation software now reads windows 8 and windows 8.1 product keys

    reinstall your mfg's drivers
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  4. #4


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1


    hm this is getting more complicated its going to cost me money and on my internet speed a lot of time, might just have to put up with slow comp by the looks of it
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  5. #5


    Posts : 33
    Windows 8.1 Single Language 64-bit


    I did this to my pc a while ago and it didn't ask me for a product key. But I don't properly understand how windows licences work so I can't guarantee that it won't ask you. The recycling process only took about 30 minutes but all the setting up afterward took me a long time. You will have to re-install Win8.1 update but before you can do that you have to install all the updates in windows update for Win8 (very annoying!). After updating to Win8.1 you have to again install all the updates in windows update this time for Win8.1. You also have to re-install all your desktop programs (your metro apps will automatically install if you sign in with your Msoft account) and copy all your music files etc back onto your pc (again, files in OneDrive will automatically sync but all other files need to be backed up first). All of this takes a lot of time and internet connection. If I were you I'd wait for Win10 which I think will be a free update for Win8 and 8.1 users. Microsoft is holding a conference in April in which all info about Win10 will be released.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 33
    Windows 8.1 Single Language 64-bit


    David Bailey, I think that we have looked at the picture but are missing your point. Can you explain what you mean?
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  7. #7


    Quote Originally Posted by williamdry View Post
    David Bailey, I think that we have looked at the picture but are missing your point. Can you explain what you mean?
    Your next question should be how do I get to that screen that will allow me to "remove everything and reinstall window"

    To reset your PC

    • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
      (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.) Tap or click Update and recovery, and then tap or click Recovery.
    • Under Remove everything and reinstall Windows, tap or click Get started.
    • Follow the instructions on the screen.
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  8. #8


    Quote Originally Posted by williamdry View Post
    I did this to my pc a while ago and it didn't ask me for a product key. But I don't properly understand how windows licences work so I can't guarantee that it won't ask you. The recycling process only took about 30 minutes but all the setting up afterward took me a long time. You will have to re-install Win8.1 update but before you can do that you have to install all the updates in windows update for Win8 (very annoying!). After updating to Win8.1 you have to again install all the updates in windows update this time for Win8.1. You also have to re-install all your desktop programs (your metro apps will automatically install if you sign in with your Msoft account) and copy all your music files etc back onto your pc (again, files in OneDrive will automatically sync but all other files need to be backed up first). All of this takes a lot of time and internet connection. If I were you I'd wait for Win10 which I think will be a free update for Win8 and 8.1 users. Microsoft is holding a conference in April in which all info about Win10 will be released.
    Please re read post #3 with this downloaded ISO you can directly clean install Windows 8.1 with update. Of course anytime you Clean Install "Remove everything and reinstall" you will have to reinstall all your software and configurations. That is usually the reason we Clean Install, is to get rid of the crap we put on it over a few month.
    Of course you would back up your data to another drive or external drive before and have to move it back after the clean install. Personally I don't keep any data on my OS hard drive so I don't have that issue.
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  9. #9


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Quote Originally Posted by Josh1 View Post
    hm this is getting more complicated its going to cost me money and on my internet speed a lot of time, might just have to put up with slow comp by the looks of it
    Doing a clean install using the installation media recommended by KHYI is not complicated and it costs nothing (except a usb stick to save the .iso onto, whatever internet cost you have, and time). Is your internet really slow?

    Downloading the latest drivers from your manufacturer's (mfg I think in KHYI's post) website shouldn't cost you anything either (never cost me anything anyway).

    Doing a refresh or factory reinstall also costs nothing, but you go back to whatever you first started with (e.g. Win 8 with no upgrade or updates). Refresh will keep your files but not any programs you installed.

    No product key is needed for any of these options.

    I suppose it comes down to how much of an irritation your system is at present. To be honest, I think time is the biggest cost, as it takes a while to download the .iso if you choose to use that (benefit is you can go straight to 8.1). Whatever you choose to do you will also have to invest the time it takes to do all the necessary updates.

    I've done refreshes and also installed a new hard drive followed by the .iso for a clean, bloat-free install. I can recommend it - you do appreciate the difference.
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  10. #10


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 638
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    If you want to try one more gamble before doing the Big ReInstall: tweaking.com's Windows Repair (All in One); accept defaults and add #s 26 & 27. Make sure you have your data [txt doc pics downloaded EXEs & ZIPs] backup up, maybe twice on 2 different medias. If WR(AiO) does not work, then time and effort will have to be invested for The Big reInstall.
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