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removing 8.1 from one computer and reinstalling on another

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    windows 8.1 pro

    removing 8.1 from one computer and reinstalling on another


    i have a downloaded version of windows 8.1 on my sony laptop which originally came with vista.
    i have a dell desktop handed down to me with windows 7
    in changing the user name and password on the dell, i made a typo and cant get past the password screen
    i had a bright idea: since i have the product key for the 8.1 install, why not install it on the handed down dell. it installed fine but that is when i discovered i was only authorized and install on one computer.
    i would like to find a way to remove the 8.1 install on the dell and get help with the password problem.
    if that isnt possible, i need help removing the 8.1 from the sony laptop since i have back up cds with the original vista operating system.

    can any or all of this be done?

    thanks in advance

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  2. #2


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    You can't do a Refresh if you don't know the administrator password. But you can do a Reset even if you don't know the administrator password and a reset will remove the administrator password.

    -or-

    How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 -> link

    -or-

    How to transfer Windows 8/8.1 license to new computer. -> link
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    windows 8.1 pro


    right now i have a working copy of windows 8.1 on this handed down dell desktop but cannot get online because of the product key issue that. is there a way of getting that copy off that computer and try to solve the password issue on the original operating system, windows 7?
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removing 8.1 from one computer and reinstalling on another
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