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Complete PC recovery

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 Professional (x64) (build 9600)

    Complete PC recovery


    It is my intention to completely wipe my hard drive, removing partitions, etc. Then re-install Window 8.1. I have 2 backups of my data/PC. Are there any concerns I should be aware of? I am fairly tech able but not a programmer. I can follow instructions well. Any advice would be appreciated. I have already tried refreshing 8.1 and PC is better but still not up to par. I think a factory reset is in order, PC came with Win 7(I upgraded to 8.1)
    Thank you,
    Hal

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    What method did you use to backup your data? or better yet What program did you use to create the backup?

    Also no need to refresh windows 7 the upgrade to windows 8.1..

    just download and create setup media for windows 8.1 and use your upgrade key to do a clean install of windows 8.1.. link in sig below..
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 Professional (x64) (build 9600)


    Thanks KYHI,
    That was my thinking, just wanted some input. Wasn't sure about the Win 7 thing. I use Dropbox and Backblaze for back ups. Tried to use external hard drive but it won't recognize the one I have. The enclosure is probably too old for 8.1.

    Soo..If I completely wipe drive, the boot up info is still in BIOS, right?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Just boot from setup media. remove every partition and select unallocated space to install to..
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  5. #5


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 Professional (x64) (build 9600)


    Thanks Kyhi,

    Finally did the deed, complete clean install after deleting all partitions. Wow, I have a new computer(but not without problems). First problem was with display looking squashed. Checked with Dell. They say my Inspiron 2305 is not compatible with 8.1. More research found hundreds of people with this model upgrading to 8.1 with only minor problems. Eventually found AMD RS880GM/Park XT graphic driver on windows7 (64), ran in compatibility mode and presto display back to normal!

    Next problem(unsolved); Cannot use DVD/CD drive. Insert a CD, it runs but does nothing. when I try to access it the computer locks up(only "this PC" menu). Everything else works OK, including browsers, etc. If I leave it, blue screen of death appears(around other windows). Other windows still work. The only way to get rid of it is to shut down with on/off button, restart and all else is good.

    I tried uninstalling driver, downloaded and installed new driver(in compatible mode). Other suggestions included removing upfilters/downfilters in registry. I don't see them in mine.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks,
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  6. #6


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    search by the dvd drive model number for windows 8.1 support or a firmware update..
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  7. #7


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 Professional (x64) (build 9600)


    Tried downloading new drivers, but windows insists the drivers are correct and will not allow me to install other ones. I could not find any ]firmware] updates. I have re-installed the CD driver several times. Win 8.1Pro now sees the drive but if I just hover for half a second the menu freezes. Everything else on the computer seems to be fine. Other windows work, browsers, etc. If I leave it several minutes it clears itself. If I pursue it and try to click it(R or L) or click it off, it goes to blue screen behind other windows. Open windows still work, but no menus to open more. Only fix is shut down with [manual] button and restart.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    purchase or try a newer drive - they are not that expensive

    On a Windows 7 laptop that I had upgraded the wifi card was the issue - no compatibly win 8.1 drivers - I just replaced the card with one that was / or had windows 8.1 drivers
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  9. #9


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Does it work properly---

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  10. #10


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 Professional (x64) (build 9600)


    Windows says it is working.
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