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  1. #21


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by ricak View Post
    My question is, if I want to install windows 8.1 from scratch can I wipe every partition?
    Yes.

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    Take a look at this post: link

    If you select UEFI Boot Mode (marked UEFI in the boot menu)

    - If your hard drive is blank, the Windows setup program creates the following partitions on your hard drive (see screenshot below).

    Partition table:
    - GPT (GUID Partition Table)

    Four partitions:
    - Recovery (Windows RE Tools) - Windows recovery environment tools.
    - System (EFI system) - boot loader program, drivers used by firmware at boot time, etc.
    - MSR (Microsoft Reserved)
    - Primary - where Windows is to be installed to.

    Note: The MSR (Reserved) partition is not visible within Disk Management utility, but it is listed with command line utility (diskpart).

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    Last edited by genet; 10 Nov 2014 at 16:23.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Thank you for the reply!
    Im sorry to keep asking this.
    So if I want to install windows, I now know which one to install and I know I can wipe ALL partitions. (Even the efi partition?)
    Im just confused with the last part of your post (where you say "see also this link...")
    does it mean I have to create those partitions?
    or can I just create a single partition (for Windows 8.1)?


    Thank you
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  3. #23


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by ricak View Post
    does it mean I have to create those partitions?
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    > OPTION ONE <

    Legacy BIOS Boot Mode (installing using the MBR partition style).

    The setup program automatically creates the partitions (see screenshot below):

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    > OPTION TWO <

    UEFI Boot Mode (installing using the GPT partition style).

    The setup program automatically creates the partitions (see screenshot below):

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricak View Post
    or can I just create a single partition (for Windows 8.1)?
    Only in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode.

    NOTE: Secure Boot only works in UEFI Boot Mode. Secure Boot protect users from rootkits and other low-level malware attacks by blocking unauthorized (non-signed) executables and drivers from being loaded during the boot process.
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  4. #24


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Do I need to create those partitions? or system will create it automatically as I go through windows installation/partitioning ?
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  5. #25


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    How do you plan on re-installing? Have you made a recovery USB flash drive or DVD? If you wipe your partitions you be wiping your OEM system recovery files. Any re-install with the OEM files will also install any bloatware that originally came with the laptop.
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  6. #26


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    How do you plan on re-installing? Have you made a recovery USB flash drive or DVD? If you wipe your partitions you be wiping your OEM system recovery files. Any re-install with the OEM files will also install any bloatware that originally came with the laptop.
    Hi popeye,
    I plan in my mind i plan to wipe ALL partitions, download the windows 8.1 iso ( 4652DC6EBFEBE02C6A63E167C36E3FAEDFB93999 ) and install from USB (folowing step 2. Create a Windows 8.1 installation DVD or USB flash drive. as it refers in first page)

    am I missing something?
    do I need to create any extra partitions besides windows 8.1 partition?
    or can I just format it as I plan without problems?
    the idea is the laptop to recognize the OEM key in it.

    thank you
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  7. #27


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Post #8 on first page of thread should answer your questions. The partitions will be automatically created. I would still image everything you have now just in case something goes wrong and make a boot CD that can run the image software to restore it.
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  8. #28


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Thank you.
    I read that post before, I just got confused about the partitions..
    Bust just to be sure and to do it right i just need to wipe all partitions till it is all "Unallocated space" and then press next.
    I assume that everything would be created automatically. So i don't need to create any partition myself. is that it?

    thank you for the patience. just want to be sure so everything goes smooth
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  9. #29


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I've done clean installs on my ASUS laptop with a blank unformatted SSD. All the required partitions are created automatically during the install. If you do a custom install and delete all the partitions. When you select that unallocated space to install too and click next, you be prompted with a message saying other required system partitions may be created. That may not be the exact wording but its something like that. If you install in UEFI mode the EFI partition will be created automatically along with the other system partitions.
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  10. #30


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I've done clean installs on my ASUS laptop with a blank unformatted SSD. All the required partitions are created automatically during the install. If you do a custom install and delete all the partitions. When you select that unallocated space to install too and click next, you be prompted with a message saying other required system partitions may be created. That may not be the exact wording but its something like that. If you install in UEFI mode the EFI partition will be created automatically along with the other system partitions.
    Thank you for the feedback.
    I've installed it as mentioned in post 8 and everything went smooth.
    after installing windows and while I was installing the drivers I had a bsod - i think it was related to the video card. but it seems correct now.

    If I now want to repartition the disk, one of the disks has arround 400gb os space, can I do it without messing the other partitions correct? (instead of using only drive C i like to have a second one for games and personal files)

    thank you guys
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