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Refreshing Windows 8.1 Questions

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Refreshing Windows 8.1 Questions


    So I created a windows media recovery CD and want to refresh my PC.


    Is there any thing I need to care of 1st ?


    I was thinking about writing down the product key and backing up my files.
    I think I forgot something.


    I had some questions.
    Do I need to download pre installed software if I do a refresh ? ( Like Nvidia Geforce ,MCAfee etc etc)
    Do I need to enter my product key to activate my windows 8.1 again ?
    Is a back up required or am I too paranoid ?
    Whats the best way to back up files ? ( I don't want to forget things like internet bookmarks and other stuff)
    Will a refresh affect my other partitions ?






    thanks in advance

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  2. #2


    Definitely do a backup first. I'd recommend doing an image backup using Macrium Reflect Free. Then if anything goes wrong you can restore the image backup and be right back to where you are now.

    Image your system with free Macrium

    There is no refresh capability in Windows 7 like there is in Windows 8.1 or 10. The equivalent is a Repair Install: How to Do a Repair Install to Fix Windows 7
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  3. #3


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Here you can read what happens during refresh and how to do it.

    Refresh Windows 8

    The user files are not effected but it is always a good idea to make a backup.
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  4. #4


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Here you can read what happens during refresh and how to do it.

    Refresh Windows 8

    The user files are not effected but it is always a good idea to make a backup.
    You're right. For some reason I thought this was Windows 7 forum, not Windows 8.
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