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Windows Reset or just Install?

  1. #1

    Windows Reset or just Install?


    Hey Guys,

    I am curious as to which is a better solution to Re-install windows 8.1.


    1. Just Use the "reset windows 8.1" in recovery options

    or

    2. Use the Media Creation Tool and redownload windows 8.1 from MSDN..


    I'm assuming re-downloading windows is the better option because I want the latest Version of Windows..

    If I just use "reset windows" won't it be from when I last installed windows 1 year ago??

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  2. #2


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Yes, it will be from a year ago, but Windows Update will bring the OS back to date. If you install from a download, you will still likely need updates as well. Either way, you'll be reinstalling your apps and updated drivers, so, in theory, either option would bring you the same end result.
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  3. #3


    Ok so "re-downloading" the windows ISO will not help me have the latest windows version (8.1)??

    If I use media create tool, it still is the old windows 8.1 that needs to be updated with a ton of updates is what you are saying...
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  4. #4


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Yes, that's a good summary. Either way, you'll likely be looking at a bunch of Windows Updates to install.
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    ok in that case, it's not the smartest way to go but I will have to resort to alternative options to get the latest msdn windows iso that has all the other updates from June 2015.. I know some friends who probably have the latest ISO..

    i mean what else can i do.. i'm not going to reinstall windows and then have to wait 17 hours for downloading and installing updates because microsoft now comes out with updates every tuesday..

    but thank you for the reply.
    Last edited by brooksndun; 16 Jun 2015 at 13:45. Reason: thanks
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  6. #6


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Sounds like you have a very slow internet connection. I've recently rebuilt two Windows 8.1 systems, and while I wasn't keeping track, I think I had the entire installs, updates, software and drivers included, finished in around 3 hours.
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    i download at 1.4 megbyte /sec

    so it seems ok but just seems like a bit long for me when i can just install the latest windows iso from a friend

    seems like the best option is fore me to just get the iso my friends have and install windows 8.1 iso (updated with updates till june)
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  8. #8


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I could be wrong, but that doesn't sound like a legit .iso file. In the time between your messages, you could have had the entire process completed, rather than waiting for this potentially shady .iso.

    It really doesn't take that long, so I guess I'm not understanding the fear of doing so. It is certainly not like installing Windows 7 right now, and needing all of those updates.
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    I understand DeaconFrost, but I just want a latest windows.. I have my own windows serial key embedded in my Bios so I just need an up-to-date windows to install.. My friend has the updated june ISO of windows msdn.. so I see no problems...

    I install that, then my code is recognized automatically because of my built in bios key.. and viola.. probably only need to download 1-8 updates..

    i see no problem..
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    Optimism I like that, I don't see any problems either be sure to have your Chipset IRST IME and other hardware drivers ready to install
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