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RE: Windows mess - questions with Hard Drive

  1. #11


    Posts : 33
    WINDOWS 8.1


    the dism.bat file thing isn't doing anything.
    I downloaded it 2 different times
    unblocked it
    run as administrator
    just a cursor sitting there
    task manager says 0 - it not doing anything

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  2. #12


    Posts : 33
    WINDOWS 8.1


    ok
    I am so frustrated right now

    let me ask this

    is there any way to totally wipe the drive clean - totally, totally clean - all gone

    is there a way to get an 8.0 install (yes I have product key) - but an install other than my recovery disk? something that I can use say from a flash drive to install just 8.0 - minus the HP stuff (I can always worry about that later)

    can that be done?

    if not, I'm just going to box this thing up on Friday and take it back to the retailer and hope like hell that they don't just kind of do something to it and send the darn thing back to me in a state of not much better
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  3. #13


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    You can clean install if you have the install media. I clean installed 8.0 on my ASUS laptop and wiped the factory stuff off of it. You just delete all the factory partitions and create new blank ones. Getting the install media is the tricky part. There is this download but it will not except OEM keys. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create . There isn't much other than TechNet/MSDN which are subscription based. You may be able to find an ISO on a bit torrent site but that can be a risky venture, as those are often modified. Sometimes in a bad way with malware added.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 33
    WINDOWS 8.1


    so, if I did that, I could use my recovery disks that we created?
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  5. #15


    Posts : 33
    WINDOWS 8.1


    oh, when we did the 8.1 install, ran it a few weeks, had problems and tried to revert back with the refresh, it would not accept my windows 8 key. I called Microsoft, explained the issue to them and the fellow gave me a new product key.

    Would that help or does it make things even more weird?
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  6. #16


    Posts : 33
    WINDOWS 8.1


    I'd be game to try that, if you would think it would be something I can handle.

    Have to confess, I'm nearly in tears this morning.

    If I use the link you provided for the download, can I put it on a flash drive and load it that way and, if so, how big does the flash drive need to be? Best buy is right up the street, so if I need a bigger drive, I can run up there and get one.
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  7. #17


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by terazbox View Post
    so, if I did that, I could use my recovery disks that we created?
    As far as I know the recovery disks will just restore the factory install with all the factory utilities etc..
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  8. #18


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by terazbox View Post
    I'd be game to try that, if you would think it would be something I can handle.

    Have to confess, I'm nearly in tears this morning.

    If I use the link you provided for the download, can I put it on a flash drive and load it that way and, if so, how big does the flash drive need to be? Best buy is right up the street, so if I need a bigger drive, I can run up there and get one.
    After all the files are downloaded you'll get install options. One of the options is to install at a latter date and create install media. It will let you create a bootable thumb drive to install from. If you read though that thread it will explain it all. You can download 8.0 and or 8.1. Like I said though, it won't except OEM keys, you need to enter a Retail Product code to get anywhere.

    EDIT: A 4 gig flash drive should do it.
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  9. #19


    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    terazbox,

    I was delighted to see the heavy hitters join the conversation. The knowledge level and their willingness to help others is impressive.

    If you are in a position to return your PC or send it back for repair at little or no cost is something only you can decide. On the other hand if have a willingness to spend the time and work through the fix yourself you will be much better off moving forward because you will have gained a lot of knowledge regarding how the PC operates. If you decide to move forward yourself I am sure those that have responded will help you along the way but if at anytime you think you are in over your head don't hesitate to say so. We all have our own areas of expertise and I am sure there some things that you know more about than most here. To paraphrase a well known actor "A man (or woman) has got to know their limitations". I will be watching your progress and if I think I have anything to add to the conversation I will do so.

    Sorry to hear about your cat. I know how it is. I have 6. and just lost a 15 yo the other day. I have spares, you want one? Just Kidding All of them were rescued as kittens.
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  10. #20


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I'm on dog no.4, I've made that last trip to the vet several times. It never gets any easier. Mine just got old so I haven't had to deal with what your going though. I do know how you feel though and can sympathies' with it. I a lot with each one on that final day.
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