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    Windows 8.1 clean reinstall on home built PC ...

    I am looking to perform a clean reinstall on a PC that I built 4 years ago.

    Original OS was Windows Vista. I upgraded to Win 8 when it came out by digital download. Has also been upgraded to Win 8.1 in the last few months.

    Performed clean install of Win 8 on new SSD drive (C) but kept Win Vista on original Drive now (D) so I could dual boot.

    I have OEM Vista CD. I have no clue about any info from where I bought and downloaded Win 8(was when it was released and was a cheap upgrade). (Would Microsoft have information, is it needed?)

    I would like to to do a clean install of Win 8.1 on the SSD drive (C) and get rid of the dual boot of Vista (D). I have backed up everything but would like to leave my (E) hard drive as is with pictures/movies.
    How do I perform clean install of Win 8.1 on (C) while reformatting (D) and getting rid of Dual boot option plus associated files, but not touch (E).

    Thank you in advance.

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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10

    first you need to aquire your retail key - "Magic Jellybean" seems to find it..

    download windows 8.1 media and the drivers for you pc from the oem(s) websites

    boot to the setup disk - once you get the the disk partition screen -

    remove every partition on your C and D drive

    select the D drive and select New and format..

    Then select C to install windows to and allow setup to create the partitions it needs on the unalocatted space of C

    follow the prompts and then install your oem drivers
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    Another good tutorial here for getting and installing Windows 8.1 media: Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
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