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  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Windows 8 refresh


    Hey all, I've got a question regarding the refresh feature. I'm thinking about doing it because my XPS is full of a bunch of programs and I'm not sure about what's even used anymore, especially of the 9000 Visual C++ redistributables in programs and features. My question is this- does there need to be a windows 8 recovery partition? This machine shipped with W7 Home Premium and I installed W8 Pro followed by the 8.1 update so I'm not really sure if that recovery partition was updated, and whether or not I even need to worry about that to begin with..

    Thanks in advance!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hey Zach,
    You'll need a recovery of some sort, be it a built in partition or media you created.
    Click on the 'Get Started' button, it will tell you what to do next; you can cancel if you wish.
    (I think maybe the 'Remove everything...' option is what you're looking for.)
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  3. #3


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Thanks Edwin, would the the installation media work? I've got the windows 8 disc. And I'm looking at the one that just removes all the software and leaves the other data alone. Does this seem to work well though? I'm having issues installing XCOM enemy unknown and this seems like a way to tackle that issue along with general performance slow-downs over the past 3 years
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    That may work for you, however, if you're running the W8 disk you'll probably have to run the Update again.
    Check all your options first including this:

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
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  5. #5


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Well do you know if it burns through an activation key? I can get an 8.1 pro ISO through Dreamspark no problem but I don't want to burn up the key attached to it
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  6. #6


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Zach1928 View Post
    Well do you know if it burns through an activation key? I can get an 8.1 pro ISO through Dreamspark no problem but I don't want to burn up the key attached to it
    Your key won't be listed as 'used' until you activate an installed copy.
    Just remember, according to the link, you obtain the iso by submitting your retail key, install using the appropriate generic key then activate using your retail key.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Did it and it worked well. Also, it didn't require a key from me. Thanks for the help.
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