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better to do a clean install?

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    better to do a clean install?


    i have a bunch of issues with my 8.1 machine, issues with my homegroup and live account. I am getting tons of disk warnings, my machine isnt shutting down properly all the time. I am considering just reinstalling windows, is it better to use the windows option to reset it back to factory defaults or should I reformat the drive and just reinstall windows directly from the disk? There is no option to go directly to 8.1 is there? If I go with the reformat and install from the disk I am going to have to upgrade to 8.1 from there right? That seems to be where alot of people are having issues from... Any thoughts would be appreciated thanks guys

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    Hafnarfjrur IS
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    Hi there
    Can you get back to your previous OS (Factory reset or whatever). After you've done that try and get the ISO - there's a post somewhere on the Forum on how to get it. Now install from the ISO -- seems a whole lot better than the wretched STORE thing.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I do a clean install when ever possible. Have a look at this, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create and Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.

    EDIT: I've done the above download from a WINDOWS 8.1 PC. There was some mention that you couldn't but I had no problems.
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    so theres no way to go directly to 8.1 right? you have to install 8 first? so you guys are saying the best option would be to create an ISO file of 8.1 and do a clean install with my windows 8 disk and than an upgrade from the ISO?
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by vafangool View Post
    so theres no way to go directly to 8.1 right?
    you have to install 8 first?
    so you guys are saying the best option would be to create an ISO file of 8.1 and do a clean install with my windows 8 disk and than an upgrade from the ISO?
    NO to all.

    You can clean install from a Windows 8.1 installer.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by vafangool View Post
    so theres no way to go directly to 8.1 right? you have to install 8 first? so you guys are saying the best option would be to create an ISO file of 8.1 and do a clean install with my windows 8 disk and than an upgrade from the ISO?
    The first link I posted above shows you how to download an 8.1 ISO which you can do a clean install with. The second link shows you how to activate it with a Windows 8 product code.
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