Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Remove everything and reinstall Windows

  1. #1


    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro, Mac OS X Mavericks (Hackintosh), Ubuntu 14.04

    Remove everything and reinstall Windows


    Click image for larger version

    Okay, so my question is: When I hit that big shiny button, will it wipe EVERYTHING, and restart from scratch just as if you were installing it fresh? or will it still keep things like graphics drivers, and third party leftovers?

    I intend to start over as if it were a clean install (don't worry, i'm backed up, and know what I'm getting myself into.)

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    It removes your programs, your apps, and all your files. As for Drivers, not sure.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    It will be like it was when you bought it.

    Windows updates gone.

    See: Reset Windows 8
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Total wipe out. . .
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro, Mac OS X Mavericks (Hackintosh), Ubuntu 14.04


    Awesome, thanks for the help guys. Does it require you to put in your serial again (It's a long story, and took a while for Microsoft to activate my Windows, but they said that my serial would not work after this on any motherboard including my current, thus no wipe.)
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Clayf700 View Post
    Awesome, thanks for the help guys. Does it require you to put in your serial again (It's a long story, and took a while for Microsoft to activate my Windows, but they said that my serial would not work after this on any motherboard including my current, thus no wipe.)
    Yes.

    Reset Windows 8

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Remove everything and reinstall Windows
Related Threads
Solved Windows 10 reinstall in Installation & Setup
I'm currently running the windows 10 preview and just retired a 1TB drive from another computers Storage pool. Would it be possible to reinstall windows 10 on that drive since the drive that it is currently installed on is 500GB and still keep all my settings and programs etc? If so, how would I...
How can I do that properly? I used the uninstaller from Adobe but the residual files in system32\ and in sysWow64\ those Flash.ocx files and such, I tried Safe mode and other ways, are they needed to remove in order to have a proper reinstall and how to delete them? Access always denied It has...
how to reinstall windows 8? in Installation & Setup
Okay so I am doing the reset option built in to windows 8 but its taking me almost 3 hours to get to 51%. Is resetting windows 8 almot the same thing as reformatting? I would like to know is there a legal downloadable way to get windows 8 iso like windows 7 iso from digital river? I want to...
Help with windows 8 reinstall in Installation & Setup
I got windows 8 online and I went to try and use the re install feature but its prompting me with this "Some files are missing. Your Windows installation or recovery media will provide these files" But since i got it online I don't have the CD but I do have the product key
i've decided to go ahead and reinstall w8pro given my extensive messing around with it has finally caused some quirky, unexpected results - it's a relatively new installation, so it shouldn't be too much of a hassle, didn't get a chance to install a lot of third party programs and such. the thing...
Hi I've got a Samsung Ativ 500 and I am returning it so I am doing the normal "Remove Everything and Reinstall Windows" but shortly after I click the "Get Started" button and the the "Next" button I get an error message stating "Insert Media" "Some files are missing. Your Windows Installation or...
I've had a few problems with my PC for a few days so I thought just doing a clean-install would do the trick, however, the 'Resetting your PC' (currently at 23%) page has been going slow for about 2 hours now. I've not done this before so I'm not sure how long it should take, but I've been doing...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook