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Upgraded, but changed my mind (want clean install, help!)

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    Upgraded, but changed my mind (want clean install, help!)


    Hi.

    I upgraded from Windows 7 to 8 with the Windows 8 upgrade assistant, and chose the option to "install now".

    I'm running windows 8 now, but I've changed my mind and want to do a clean install. How can I do that? I did't burn the iso to a USB the first time. And if I run the upgrade assistant again now it says I can't install windows 8 on this computer (because it's already installed)

    Any help?

    Thanks

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    Windows 8 Pro/Windows 8 Pro/Windows 7 64 Bit64Bit/Windows XP


    You should have an upgrade file on your desktop, click on that, it asks some questions and one of them is do you want to install later say yes, then another question do you want to create an ISO file just say yes, when it has created the ISO file, right click on it to burn it to a DVD.
    Then boot from that to completely wipe your disk and reformat, make sure you have your key for when you start the installation. If you have a Windows Live account use that. Make sure you feel comfortable doing this and have anything you need backed up, this worked for me, I hope it works for you.
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    I'm running Windows 8, so the upgrade file is NOT on my desktop, that's the problem. There's an hidden "ESD" folder in explorer, where you can double click on setup.exe but it doesn't ask for DVD or USB, it just proceeds to installation.
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    Kansas
    Posts : 53
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit


    I did the same thing as you. There should be a shortcut named "Install Windows" on your desktop. Just doubleclick that and it will give you the option to create an iso.
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    Bring up the chimes menu ( winkey+c ) go to settings, very bottom of the tab go to change pc settings. go to general tab on the left, then on the right scroll down. there should be an choice to recycle your pc ( remove every thing and start fresh ) and reinstall windows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kcmike View Post
    I did the same thing as you. There should be a shortcut named "Install Windows" on your desktop. Just doubleclick that and it will give you the option to create an iso.
    Well, when I did that the only options I got were 1) install now or 2) install later from desktop.

    I never got an option to create an ISO. Any adivce?
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    Kansas
    Posts : 53
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit


    That's strange. It took me awhile to find it but there is a folder on my C:\ drive named <ESD> and it appears to be all of the installation files that were downloaded. You'll have to unhide system files to find it. I hope this helps.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Check this post by BillWindows.

    Upgraded, but changed my mind (want clean install, help!)

    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows
    You should have an upgrade file on your desktop, click on that, it asks some questions and one of them is do you want to install later say yes, then another question do you want to create an ISO file just say yes, when it has created the ISO file, right click on it to burn it to a DVD.
    Then boot from that to completely wipe your disk and reformat, make sure you have your key for when you start the installation. If you have a Windows Live account use that. Make sure you feel comfortable doing this and have anything you need backed up, this worked for me, I hope it works for you.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcmike View Post
    That's strange. It took me awhile to find it but there is a folder on my C:\ drive named <ESD> and it appears to be all of the installation files that were downloaded. You'll have to unhide system files to find it. I hope this helps.
    Yes, that does appear to be where the files are. Thank you so very much. If I burn these files to a CD-ROM, would this be same as if I had burned an image from the iso? Sorry for my ignorance.
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    Kansas
    Posts : 53
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit


    I'm no expert either but you'll likely need a software application to create an .iso.
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