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  1. #11

    Posts : 2
    windows 7

    Thank you all for the replays.
    Just to let you know that I received my hdd from e bay today I was told that it had been formatted but there is a partition on it with Auditpe which I did not see till windows started up.
    I put the drive in the pc and fired it up. I then up the windows 8 disk in the pc and I loaded windows, and I used the key number that came with the down loaded version of Windows 8 which I lost when my old hdd died. It worked fine.
    I now have Windows 8 working on the hdd from e bay with no problems.
    When I start up the pc I get a screen asking me to ether start Windows 8 or Auditpe. (I have no idea what this is)
    Is there any way I can do something to bypass this screen at start up so just windows 8 loads or how can I delete Auditpe
    I see on the hdd there is a partition which is called Lenovo recovery its 15.69 GB

    Thanks for your help so far.

    Regards Cornishman

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  2. #12

    First - BACKUP!

    Second you need to check where your bootloader is - thinks run bcdedit as administrator and if you have the bootloader in the Win8 partition you're safe to delete the other partitions and use EasyBCD to delete Auditpe from the boot time menu.
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  3. #13

    The Netherlands
    Posts : 87
    Android, BSD, iOS, Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows

    Since it is an upgrade disk you may encounter some issues while trying to activate windows 8 when you perform a clean install.

    During install the Setup will check if any of the partitions on any fixed drives (not removable drives like USB flash)contain a “Windows” folder. It will store the results in the registry key
    1 means clean install, 0 means it qualifies for an upgrade.

    You might want to turn that 1 into a 0 before trying to activate your windows 8 installation.

    After the installation you can turn it back without any further problems.
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