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Reinstalling Windows 8 - How? Does resetting move viruses?

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    Reinstalling Windows 8 - How? Does resetting move viruses?


    I have a new Lenovo G580, came with Windows 8. When it first arrived I mistakenly added new partitions (repartitioned) to the hard drive. (Actually it should not be a mistake - It should allow me to do so, its my choice.) . After I repartitioned I realized that reinstalling partition of Windows 8 no longer works through onekeyrecovery of Lenovo. All the partitions are there - including the hidden partitions arrived with PC - all the recovery partitions but it does no longer reinstall Windows.

    I called Lenovo - I believe they will send me the new recovery disks, if so. But until then I am trying to find a solution - and I learnt that there is a feature of resetting windows in the Windows settings "remove everything and reinstall windows."

    I will use this option and make a recovery hidden folder and ISO myself with this fresh install of Windows with "paragon backup" etc.

    But.... I need to know if this resetting PC option is really safe - If since the time I used Windows 8 until now, some viruses and malware spreaded into my computer - would these have the possibility to inject themselves to windows reset feature and the files it will use? As these should be in my C: drive I believe this is a possibility.

    Would anyone having full information give me some advice - because I will use this image after reset always for reinstalling Windows 8 so I have to make sure there are no viruses or malware entered into it.

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    Welcome to EightForums.

    Reset will give you option to clean C: Windows 8 partition

    How to do a Reset
    Reset Windows 8
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    Resetting is actually the best way to get rid of viruses if refresh or system restore did not get rid of it. It basically brings back your PC to factory settings but you will lose all your data and installed programs.
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    Unfortunately, I tried to reset now - but it says it can not find the files needed to reset PC. I guess, this would be because I repartitioned the HDD. Actually the hidden partitions remain intact - but I do not know what the problem is.
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    You can Order Lenovo Recovery Disks from here:

    Lenovo Support - Home (US)
    Click on Parts & Accessories.
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    You're gonna reset it anyway, why don't you remove the partitions and see if it helps.
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