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Windows 8 Reset help

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    Winows 8 Pro x64

    Windows 8 Reset help


    Hello, and thanks for reading.
    Yesterday I went from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro using the Upgrade Assistant. I just did the upgrade and didn't do a clean install. Now, I want to use the Windows 8 Reset feature, but have a question. After it wipes the hard drive, will I have to reinstall Windows 8 using external media, or does it reinstall itself? I want to reset, but I don't want to wipe the drive, and then find out that I have to re-download Windows 8, burn a DVD and actually install the OS myself. Thank you for your help!
    PS. Just joined forum, so excuse me if this is in the wrong section. Please move if needed.

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Luke, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    When you do a reset, it does reinstall itself during the process, but you will need to have a Windows 8 installation DVD or USB key connected to be able to reset Windows 8.

    Reset Windows 8

    In your email from Microsoft with your product key number you should have a link to where you can download an ISO file if you haven't already that you could use to create a bootable DVD/USB with.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Winows 8 Pro x64


    Thank you very much! It definitely did help!!! +1
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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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