Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums

Reloading win 8

  1. #1

    Reloading win 8

    I upgraded xp to 8 using the cheap online download. Of course I had to stay with 32 bit and load 8 ontop of xp although deleting the windows old files was not difficult. I believe that the xp product key is now invalidated when 8 is loaded. At the time I did not save the 8 download but just proceded to load 8. The only backup option I used was to make a usb win 8 recovery on a stick. What I would like to know is in the event of a hdd failure could I reload 8 using the recovery usb stick ,not having xp any more. I seem to have missed my chance to make a proper win 8 boot disk. As I registered with Microsoft at the time does this mean that they will allow a reload?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2

    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3

    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

    If you did an in place upgrade, you should still have the ESD folder on your drive (it is hidden).

    You can use this to make a bootable iso and save re-downloading the whole thing.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4

    Many thanks for the info. I don't suppose I could do a sneaky change to 64 bit using this method? Anyway, recovery would not require xp on the pc first? Is the usb stick only used to repair a damaged os?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Reloading win 8
Related Threads
Hello all We are a computer repair shop, we seem to be having the same issue other shops and or people are having, Reloading windows 8 or 8.1 on a system that the product key is embedded in the Bios. We have research this problem and a lot of the time, the answer is completely wrong or off topic....
Solved Desktop keeps reloading in General Support
From the Start screen, when I go to desktop mode, it will first show the desktop. After that it will keep on reloading the desktop. It will not open any files or programs. I cannot even shut down the computer since the desktop does not remain stable. I have to force shut down the laptop using the...
Restarting/Reloading video driver? in Drivers & Hardware
Occasionally I have to restart my PC because the video driver gets buggy, and distorts things a bit (the card is not overheating, and happens only on Windows 8). Anyways, I'd like to know if its possible to just restart or reload that driver without rebooting? I do know that the CCC can restart it...
Desktop blinks and all files on desktop dissapear and then load again, and if I am typing words are gone and so is page I was on. You can also hear the disk drive go on and off. It interrupts everything.
My screen seems to keep reloading? in Installation & Setup
Hi guys, Just installed windows 8 today and everytime I turn it on the screen keeps restarting. I have uploaded the video to youtube (see attached), any help would be much appreciated. Thanks Craig
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook