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Xian

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Firstly, apologies if this thread is not in the correct sector(not entirely sure where to put this).

Hallo, I'm planning on re-installing Windows on my Asus K46CA running Windows 8.1
Now, the problem is that I'm not entirely sure which to use.

"Remove everything and reinstall Windows" says that it'll remove EVERYTHING which means it'll take away all the programs and media after the process.

"Refresh your PC without affecting your files" says that it'll keep the files. However it says that *if your PC isn't running well*.

Now obviously, I wouldn't want to lose media content and the likes in the process, so Refreshing will be the option.
Question is, will it be effective? Say for example if it would do the same job as option 1 minus the file removal? Also what would happen after since this came pre-installed with W8 and I just upgraded to 8.1; and I also have themes installed(3rd party).

Thanks in advanced,
Xian
 

My Computer

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    Windows 8.1 Single Language
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    Asus
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    Intel i3-3217U
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    Intel HD 4000
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    Razer Orochi
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    I like stuff.
I have done a refresh.
I lost programs & stuff.

Better to backup programs & files on USB to reinstall after refreshing or returning to factory specs.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
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    PC/Desktop
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    Gateway
    CPU
    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
    Motherboard
    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
    Memory
    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
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    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
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    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio USB Audio Device
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Xian

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I have done a refresh.
I lost programs & stuff.

Better to backup programs & files on USB to reinstall after refreshing or returning to factory specs.
But would files be lost in the process of a refresh?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Single Language
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    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    Intel i3-3217U
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 4000
    Mouse
    Razer Orochi
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    Mozilla Firefox
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    Avast
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    I like stuff.
I lost some files.
That is why I suggested backup on USB.

Or maybe---

With Macrium---

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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
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    Gateway
    CPU
    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
    Motherboard
    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
    Memory
    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
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    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio USB Audio Device
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Xian

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    Asus
    CPU
    Intel i3-3217U
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 4000
    Mouse
    Razer Orochi
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    Mozilla Firefox
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    Avast
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    I like stuff.
If the files were on a different partition, would that make a difference?

Don't know.
I never fooled around with partitions.
I just installed & needed partitions were created automatically.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
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    PC/Desktop
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    Gateway
    CPU
    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
    Motherboard
    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
    Memory
    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio USB Audio Device
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    Name 1950W on AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x76
    Screen Resolution
    Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x768 pixels
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    AMD K140
    Cores 2
    Threads 2
    Name AMD K140
    Package Socket FT1 BGA
    Technology 40nm
    Specification AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon HD Graphics
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Xian

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If the files were on a different partition, would that make a difference?

Don't know.
I never fooled around with partitions.
I just installed & needed partitions were created automatically.
I see. Will report back if there are any complications.
Thank you for your time.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Single Language
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    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    Intel i3-3217U
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 4000
    Mouse
    Razer Orochi
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Avast
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    I like stuff.
You are welcome. :)
 

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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Gateway
    CPU
    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
    Motherboard
    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
    Memory
    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio USB Audio Device
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Name 1950W on AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x76
    Screen Resolution
    Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x768 pixels
    Hard Drives
    AMD K140
    Cores 2
    Threads 2
    Name AMD K140
    Package Socket FT1 BGA
    Technology 40nm
    Specification AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon HD Graphics
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    Extended Family 14
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    Extended Model 2
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    Opera 24.0
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KYHI

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If you do a reset using the windows recovery options - you lose everything..
if you do a refresh using the windows recovery options - you get a windows.old folder with your data..
If your computer came with win8 and it was upgraded to win8.1 - reset and refresh will not work as the refferance image link is broken..

If you reinstall windows on your "c" drive and your data is on the "D" drive that data will remain untouched.. UNLESS you remove or overwrite that data "D" partition..
 

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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
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popeye

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If you reinstall windows on your "c" drive and your data is on the "D" drive that data will remain untouched.. UNLESS you remove or overwrite that data "D" partition..

Only thing there is you will still lose any shortcuts and other registry links to programs. The data will be there but programs, like some games, that require registry entries may not function correctly unless re-installed.

Many games put save games in the Documents folder so you want to back that up.
 

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
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    Acer V3 771G-6443
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    i5-3230m
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    Acer VA70_HC (U3E1)
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    8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 (800 MHz)
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    Realtek High Definition Audio
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    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250 GB
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    Comodo
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Reine

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I highly recommend having a USB-flash drive at home.
You will be always confident your data isn't lost. Well, in 99.9% of cases. :)
 

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    Windows 8

AddRAM

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Always store data you don`t want to loose on another partition if possible ;)
 

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    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 9926
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    Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 @ 2.66 GHz
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    Intel D945GCL
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    4GB PC2 6400 @ 800 MHz CL 6-6-6-18
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    Gateway FPD1975W
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bassfacer22

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yeah backup your data alright..

until you are dumb like me and stay up late one night and accidentally click "yes" to format my 4 terabyte backup drive with ALL my pictures and data on it a week ago..

I'm still trying all data recovery programs to see what i can get back.. i haven't touched the drive so the data should still be there.. any "best of" data recovery programs you guy recommend? (currently trying stellar and recuva..) but the best one i've seen show my actual original data folder structure has been Easus and On Track Easy Recovery professional so far are the best..

anyway, moral of the story : Now you have to BACKUP your stupid Backups incase something happens to that!

that way you'll have a 2 way fail safe system.. even if one backup fails you will have the 2nd copy.. is it a lot of time? yes.. is it worth it? yes for me.. i ordered another 4 terabyte drive (seagate for $139) so now i will have a western digital 4 terabyte and a seagate 4 terabyte for only backups and they will be the same ..

go figure..
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 (HOME not Pro) 64bit
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    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    (So not very nice) Lenovo Y410P
    CPU
    i7 quad 2.4Gig
    Memory
    16G ram
    Graphics Card(s)
    nvidia 2gig 755m
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 840 Evo

    supercache2 m2. mini card.
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    Win Defender

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