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aem

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I had XP and installed W8 over it. Thinking that i can reset PC and it will revert back to XP but noooo it wasn't like that. Was asking for CD/Repair Disc. I inserted the oem XP CD in and it too was not working.

Not impressed.
 

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rowal5555

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Not sure if there is a question in there.
You can install a new OS over an old one but it will not work as such. All the old stuff is stuck into a WINDOWS OLD folder so all your files are still intact.
Too late now, but you really need a separate partition to install to, or a virtual drive.
Not much more to add at the moment.
Cheers
 

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aem

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It was on a test machine so nothing lost :)

Point was the Reset PC option as i read it is to reset your PC to the previous state without lost of files. I couldnt even reset it, as it asks for recovery CD. What good is this Reset PC option without a recovery CD?

Has anyone managed to Reset PC to previous state/OS?
 

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Sorry. New one on me.
 

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Hello,

The Reset option in Windows 8, if that is what you meant, is to reset Windows 8 completely back to default. It is basically the same as doing a clean install of Windows 8 again, or factory recovery of Windows 8 on a OEM computer.

Currently, it does require that the Windows 8 installation media (DVD/USB) be inserted/connected before being able to reset though. Hopefully, it may not in the final release.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2302-reset-windows-8-a.html

Hope this helps. :)
 

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Hmmm i read it as what it states.

Surely "Putting it back to the way it was originally" means putting it back to before i installed W8? :D
 

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Please be reasonable. Any kind of recovery needs an image/backup to recover from. A factory restore recovers using the factory partition or recovery disks, an upgrade can recover from windows.old, a system recovery can recover from a previously created system image or system restore points. Win8 cannot conjure XP out of the ether, thats why right now it requires the install media.
 

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Hmmm i read it as what it states.

Surely "Putting it back to the way it was originally" means putting it back to before i installed W8? :D

Sorry but no. That was in reference to Windows 8 computers only, and what seems like for a Windows 8 factory recovery for future Windows 8 OEM computers.
 

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aem

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Please be reasonable. Any kind of recovery needs an image/backup to recover from.

Not entirely true. A system recovery may only include sytem files recovery and does not impact personal files or software installed as in when you do a "R" from Windows CD. This is different to say a complete system restore which requires wiping the whole system and dumping a captured image over it (ie Ghosting).

I'm fine with the Reset asking for MS key etc but at the start when it specifically want a pre-made recovery disc on the system you had previously or some other CD which is not a Windows CD, that threw me.

W8 Reset PC should be made similar to restoring from system respore points. From a non-it user
"Putting it back to the way it was originally" should mean that. That said does the system tell you to create a recovery disc before preceeding with the reset, i cannot recall?
 

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Hello Aem,

There's no need to create a separate recovery disc since you could use the same media (ex: USB/DVD) that you used to install Windows 8 with. :)
 

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Hmmm i read it as what it states.

Surely "Putting it back to the way it was originally" means putting it back to before i installed W8? :D

I'm sure it means to the point of fresh install, how could it possibly know what was there before it was there?
 

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aem

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Hmmm i read it as what it states.

Surely "Putting it back to the way it was originally" means putting it back to before i installed W8? :D

I'm sure it means to the point of fresh install, how could it possibly know what was there before it was there?

Fresh install of what, W8?

If this Reset PC assumes that one had W8 previously installed than that's a pretty big assumption and i would like to know where it states that.

But even if it were so, a Reset Pc from W8 to W8, should be a seamless reset just like a system point restore (orly it takes you right back to the start - fresh install).
 

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derekimo

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Hmmm i read it as what it states.

Surely "Putting it back to the way it was originally" means putting it back to before i installed W8? :D

I'm sure it means to the point of fresh install, how could it possibly know what was there before it was there?

Fresh install of what, W8? Yes.

If this Reset PC assumes that one had W8 previously installed than that's a pretty big assumption and i would like to know where it states that.

But even if it were so, a Reset Pc from W8 to W8, should be a seamless reset just like a system point restore (orly it takes you right back to the start - fresh install).

You are the only one talking about previous installs, how could it go back to a point before it was there?

Your last sentence is what a reset does.
 

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I'm sure it means to the point of fresh install, how could it possibly know what was there before it was there?

Fresh install of what, W8?

If this Reset PC assumes that one had W8 previously installed than that's a pretty big assumption and i would like to know where it states that.

But even if it were so, a Reset Pc from W8 to W8, should be a seamless reset just like a system point restore (orly it takes you right back to the start - fresh install).

I figured it was Win8 since I was in Win8 when I noticed the Reset feature. To date I don't think any Windows has had the ability to revert to a different Windows, maybe I'm wrong.
 

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Well i see Reset as Reset, independent of previous OS. There is no mentioning of the requirement that i have read that you need to have the previous version of OS to be W8.
 

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    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
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    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
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Ok so it's a feature exclusive to Windows 8, i get that. Had it stated "Reset your Windows 8", or "Reset Windows 8" i would not have a problem. Reset Your PC can be anything surely you know what i'm trying to say here.

That said if i were to give my computer away i would want to get it back to original Windows 8 (or any previous OS for that matter).
 

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It's no problem AEM. I understand where you're coming from on this, but it just turned out that "Reset your PC" was implied to be for Windows 8 since it's a feature in Windows 8. Yeah, it probably should have said "Reset Windows 8" to be more clear, but they may still yet change it since it's still a developer build so far. It would be something that you might also send feedback on to Microsoft about though.
 

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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
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    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
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    Internet Explorer 11
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    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
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To get back to pevious os, you will need to insert your pevious os DVD or USB flash drive and need to perform a clean install.
 

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