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Cost of reinstalling win8.1

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    Cost of reinstalling win8.1


    I was recently infected with the freshy virus on my ASUS laptop. All my work files are safe, so rather than spend time expelling freshy, I was thinking of just re-installing win8.1. However, I'm on a metered hotspot and wonder the gig cost of the re-install.

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    I can't help you with that question but may have another option. It may save you some money down the road. if you here, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help you can download the install media for Windows 8.1. This install media will accept Windows 8.0 and Windows 8.1 product codes, even embedded OEM keys. You could, if you wanted to, do a clean install of 8.1 and skip having to upgrade from 8.0 to 8.1. And also save the install media should you need to reinstall again latter on. No having to download it all over again. Just a thought.
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    The Setup Media Download will cost you just under 4GB
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    That's $20. Thanks. I'll wait until I get to McDonald's.
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by jerry delacruz
    4 gigs to down win8.1 is expensive; $5 per gig = $20. Thanks for the estimate. I'll wait now until I can get to the library, or McDonald's, to re-install. Ubunto is looking better all the time. Maybe win10 will be out of testing soon.
    Did your laptop come with windows 8 or 8.1 ??

    Did you try the option to recover your OS? Reset PC..
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    It came with win 8.1.
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    Does that option involve a download?
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    No..

    Right Charm -> Change PC Settings -> Update and Recovery -> Recovery -> Remove everything and reinstall windows

    That should re-write your PC back to the factory out of box settings using the factory windows installation image

    Just Like New..
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    So I don't have to be online to do this? Because this freakin "freshy" thing takes over the browser and starts downloading. I have to break the connection before it eats up all my hotspot.
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Nope.. It is all PC internal..

    Windows 8 and 8.1 have a built-in OS Recovery Option..
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