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Refreshing Windows 8.1 on an original Windows 7 system.

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    Windows 8.1

    Refreshing Windows 8.1 on an original Windows 7 system.


    I bought an HP Omni 27 system several years ago. It came with Windows 7 installed, but was able to install Windows 8 Pro free as soon as it was released. I opted to get the CD for the OS with the system. So, I did upgrade to Windows 8. After the upgrade, one of the Windows 8 Updates took it to Windows 8.1.

    I recently tried to refresh the OS and was told to insert the system disk. So I did, and got a message that the disk was invalid. Is there any way for me to get this OS to refresh without losing any programs or files? I'm kind of stumped as to how do do this, or if it's even possible.

    Thanks,

    Dave

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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    download and create windows 8.1 setup media and use it instead of your windows 8 CD

    Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help
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    Windows 8.1


    Thanks KYHI. I have burned the disk. Do you know if I will have to reinstall all my programs if I do this reset? Thanks again.
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    You will have to reinstall all your programs and data if you do a clean install.
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Nuccii View Post
    You will have to reinstall all your programs and data if you do a clean install.
    How about with a "Refresh" like I mentioned above?
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    If you perform a Refresh from within Windows, your third party apps will be removed but not your data files. See this for clarification:
    Everything You Need to Know About Refreshing and Resetting Your Windows 8 PC
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  7. #7


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    Windows 8.1


    What a great web site! It's all there. TYVM, Nuccii.
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  8. #8


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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Your welcome
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