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Do I "have" to back up my windows 8 OP?

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    Windows 8

    Do I "have" to back up my windows 8 OP?


    Hey, I'm running a windows 8.1 laptop. something is wrong with my computer and I can not fix it no matter how hard I try, so I would like to reformat the partition/hard-drive/computer. I do not care about the files on it. I only want my OP (Windows 8.1) back after the reformat. I heard that there was a way (online) to re download and install my windows 8? Using my google account or something? So i wouldn't have to back up my OP, which so far has been unsuccessful :/ Please help me! Thank you.

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Refresh perhaps ?

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    Posts : 4
    Windows 8

    Nope


    Didn't work, it still says I need to insert a OP in a cd or flash drive when I boot. :'(
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    See here: How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

    and here: How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO (post #347 in the same thread).
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    After a update of Windows 8 to 8.1, Reset, Refresh will only work for Windows 8.

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    Is this a OEM manufacturer's PC with Pre-installed Windows 8?
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    I do not bother backing up anymore because at the time I actually needed it, and had a valid backup saved, the computer refused to install it. No matter what I tried, it did not work. I think backups are useful for data salvage in offices etc. But here, I start again, even though its a bit of a nuisance. Luckily I have only done it twice since I had this pc.
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    Use a backup program other than what comes with Windows and you will be okay.

    Acronis True Image works well for me with Windows 7, 8 and 8.1.
    I'm using Macrium Reflect Free on my Windows 7 system currently.
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