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Clean Install of Windows 8 again on an upgrade.

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 Pro

    Clean Install of Windows 8 again on an upgrade.


    Sorry if if this was answered.

    This question is for a friend, but honestly I don't the exact answer myself.

    Windows vista, upgrade to 7, now upgraded to Windows 8 using Windows 8 upgrade DVD, keeping his software and files. Friend does not feel system is working as it should so wants to try a clean installation of Windows 8.

    Does he have to load Windows vista or 7 again, so he can try a Windows 8 custom install to wipe out drive and get clean install?

    Would the Windows 8 reset new option help him?

    Thank you for the help.

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Techy,

    Resetting Windows 8 is just about the same as a clean install. I'd say give that a try first. The Windows 8 installation DVD will need to be inserted since it will be needed to do the reset with.

    Your friend could also do a traditional clean install with the Windows 8 upgrade anytime as well.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro


    Brink,

    I will tell my friend to try the reset option first. Thank you.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Your friend could also do a traditional clean install with the Windows 8 upgrade anytime as well.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
    An alternative method to achieve activation when clean installing with Win8 upgrade license:

    To fix open regedit and change:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE

    Change "MediaBootInstall" from "1" to "0"

    Then open an elevated Dos command (Start > Run > CMD (right click Run as Administrator)

    slmgr /rearm

    When I rebooted Windows was activated.
    source: If you are having issues activating after a clean install... - AnandTech Forums
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