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How to wipe and reinstall from usb flash window 8

  1. #11


    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    Okay, thanks everyone. I did the diagnostics with Dell last night and everything checked out perfectly.

    I'm still curious why the operating has a watermark on the desktop bottom right hand corner that says "windows build 9200".

    I was hoping that booting from the flash drive would reinstall and delete the entire old operating system on the computer. So this should take care of it.

    Also, I'm wondering if I should write down the old activation key or if the dell flash drive will come with its own?

    Great forum!

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  2. #12


    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    Will I have to install drivers separately or does that do it all on its own? I'm normally a mac user so a lot of this stuff is foreign to me.
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  3. #13


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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    On OEM PC's with factory installed Windows 8.x, the product code is embedded in the BIOS. The Dell recovery thumb drive should read and use it automatically.

    On my ASUS Laptop that came with Windows 8.0 Core, if I do a clean install with my MSDN 8.0 ISO, it reads and use the embedded OEM key automatically. 8.0 Core is installed and it activates online automatically.

    With the Dell Recovery thumb drive you shouldn't have to install any drivers. If it's what I think it is, it will restore your PC to the factory state. You'll be back to the OOBE, Out Of the Box Experience. All your files will be erased so backup what you want to save now.

    If you were to do the clean install with normal (non factory OEM) install media, you may have to install some drivers.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    Thanks!
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by schulzey3486 View Post
    Okay, thanks everyone. I did the diagnostics with Dell last night and everything checked out perfectly.

    I'm still curious why the operating has a watermark on the desktop bottom right hand corner that says "windows build 9200".

    I was hoping that booting from the flash drive would reinstall and delete the entire old operating system on the computer. So this should take care of it.

    Also, I'm wondering if I should write down the old activation key or if the dell flash drive will come with its own?

    Great forum!
    The watermark in the lower corner indicates that you are not activated. If you can PM me the diagnostic report, I'll check that everything checks out as Dell reported.

    Meanwhile, have you tried the 8.1 upgrade?
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