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Cannot get a clean install w/ full Win 8 disc

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    Windows 7

    Cannot get a clean install w/ full Win 8 disc


    As the title states, every time I have gone through the install I still end up with old windows files and an option to boot Win 8 or "older version" I have deleted all partitions on the drive and selected the format option (twice now) but each time the Windows 8 install completes I am presented with this option. This is using a full version Windows 8 disc, not an upgrade.

    How can I get past this or get a completely clean install? The old version isn't even complete - it's actually from an aborted install start-up from XP that was inadvertently run as I swapped drives and tried to fix and issue on the machine. Otherwise this disc isn;t even an OS disc, it was used for storing music files as a second drive


    I also tried a reformat with Ubuntu and someone on another forum suggested a format from the repair option out of the Win 8 setup (I had previously done so from the install option - deleting all partitions, formating, then installing). The disk looked clean but as soon as I boot, it launches back into the XP setup or if I boot from the Win 8 disc and install Windows 8, still ends up with the dual OS option. I don't understand how a repartitioned/reformatted disk is retaining these Windows setup/system files.

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    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    1-Try a clean install again; however, this time, delete all partitions and when you get to 100% unallocated, just click NEXT (instead of the format option) and allow the installer to cretae the proper partition structure for you. This will get you a proper clean install of Windows 8.

    Clean Install - Windows 8

    2-Now, the next issue of select Win 8 or older version popping up. If you still get this option, your old XP (or Ubuntu) remnants are still being recognized as a valid OS (for dual boot purposes). Now, if you correctly performed the above procedure, that information must be coming from a second hard drive and/or a dual boot bios arrangement (the latter I have no experience with). So, if a second hard drive exists, and it only contains a fragmented OS, you could simply format that hard drive in Disk Management once you get into Win 8.

    In summary, lacking any specs and/or any information related to your specific hardware configuration, this is my best guess. Good luck.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums.

    Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Welcome to EightForums.

    Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Help Forums
    yep, had done that as well - actually low level wipe using Sea Tools. Same thing.

    It appears to have been the second drive somehow, which is odd because that disc is a media (music/movies) disc not an OS disk and not the one where the XP install was executed. Disconnecting it though got me past the problem though I did still only have the option to upgrade or custom install in WIN 8 install process even after the low level wipe and disconnecting second hdd.
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    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by JustATest View Post
    1-Try a clean install again; however, this time, delete all partitions and when you get to 100% unallocated, just click NEXT (instead of the format option) and allow the installer to cretae the proper partition structure for you. This will get you a proper clean install of Windows 8.

    Clean Install - Windows 8

    2-Now, the next issue of select Win 8 or older version popping up. If you still get this option, your old XP (or Ubuntu) remnants are still being recognized as a valid OS (for dual boot purposes). Now, if you correctly performed the above procedure, that information must be coming from a second hard drive and/or a dual boot bios arrangement (the latter I have no experience with). So, if a second hard drive exists, and it only contains a fragmented OS, you could simply format that hard drive in Disk Management once you get into Win 8.

    In summary, lacking any specs and/or any information related to your specific hardware configuration, this is my best guess. Good luck.
    So is it fixed? Was the information helpful? Sound like you second drive did cause an issue (even though it defies logic).
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    Windows 7


    Yes, disconnecting the second drive seemed to do the trick. And indeed it did defy logic (to me at least...). Thanks!
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    Posts : 1,093
    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by JN99 View Post
    Yes, disconnecting the second drive seemed to do the trick. And indeed it did defy logic (to me at least...). Thanks!
    Don't mess with magic; yes?
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