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    Changed my mind


    Hi, I am sorry if this issue was already discussed, but I couldn't find it. I decided yesterday to upgrade to windows 8 and I just started it. While I had to wait, I started reading about windows 8 and I came across "clean install". Unfortunately by that time I already choose "keep personal files", but now I am thinking I'd rather want a clean install. The system already finished the Iso file and I burnet it on a DVD.
    Is it too late for a clean install? If not, what should I do?

    Thanks!

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    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums.

    No, you can clean install at any time.

    Upgrade to Windows 8 with only a product key - Microsoft Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft

    Make sure you’re on the PC you want to upgrade. This must be a PC that is currently running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3), Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows Developer Preview. (Windows 8 Setup checks that your PC meets all system requirements before it installs Windows 8.)

    Have your product key handy. You can find it in your online order information, in the confirmation email for your purchase, or on the packaging. The product key will look something like this:
    XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX

    Make a backup of everything you want to keep. Save it somewhere you can get to it later, like an external drive or a DVD.

    Always better to do a clean install.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    Restore Backup User and System Files - Windows 7 Forums
    Backup - Restore Files and Folders from in Windows 8
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    DeLand, FL
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by ladikos77 View Post
    Hi, I am sorry if this issue was already discussed, but I couldn't find it. I decided yesterday to upgrade to windows 8 and I just started it. While I had to wait, I started reading about windows 8 and I came across "clean install". Unfortunately by that time I already choose "keep personal files", but now I am thinking I'd rather want a clean install. The system already finished the Iso file and I burnet it on a DVD.
    Is it too late for a clean install? If not, what should I do?

    Thanks!
    It's never too late for a clean install. You can always wipe out your system and start over. In fact, that's what I usually do. This time, though, I decided that I didn't want to go through the hassle of re-installing everything. (I have a pretty involved set up). Decided to give the upgrade a try. This time I think it actually worked. Previous versions of Windows always seemed unstable after doing an upgrade install but, so far, this one has been solid as a rock. With the exception of a small handful of utilities that were clearly identified as being non-compatible everything works fine.

    If your system is any more involved than just a few applications for web browsing, etc. - try the upgrade install first. You can always go back and do the clean install if that doesn't work out. Contrariwise, if you do a clean install first you can't go back to where you were before the upgrade - unless of course you do a full system image before the upgrade. I do recommend you do that in either case.

    -Max
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