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  1. #140


    Posts : 5
    windows 8.1


    Well first off I should probably ask this: Would you recommend doing a clean install in the first place? I can uninstall a lot of the apps etc, but things like Samsung Kies and various other programs do not uninstall correctly and leave archive files all over the place. I run a lot of CPU heavy computation programs and want a clean system, but am I going to see any noticeable performance benefits from doing a clean install rather than just uninstalling programs? I know that is a very speculative question, but I am just asking you to give me your recommendation.

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  2. #141


    Posts : 22,352
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by joey1558 View Post
    1. Is it possible to/How can I clone, or make an exact copy of my current system and place it on an external hard drive without messing the data up. Aside from my C: drive, I have 5! other partitions and I'm not sure what contains what. There's a healthy: a EFI system partition , and 4!! recovery partitions; some only half a GB some 20GBs

    You could use something like the free program Macrium Reflect Free to create a system image backup with.

    Quote Originally Posted by joey1558 View Post
    2. I also wanted to confirm that even though I already recovered my encrypted product key, do I still need to enter a generic key upon installation, and activated later with my OEM key?

    Your product key embedded in tge UEFI firmware will automatically be detected and entered by the Windows installation if you install either Windows 8 or 8.1, and not the Pro edition since that's not what your key is for.

    Quote Originally Posted by joey1558 View Post
    Well first off I should probably ask this: Would you recommend doing a clean install in the first place? I can uninstall a lot of the apps etc, but things like Samsung Kies and various other programs do not uninstall correctly and leave archive files all over the place. I run a lot of CPU heavy computation programs and want a clean system, but am I going to see any noticeable performance benefits from doing a clean install rather than just uninstalling programs? I know that is a very speculative question, but I am just asking you to give me your recommendation.

    It's up to you, but if you're not happy with a factory default installation, then yeah a clean install would let you start fresh. Just be sure that you have all drivers downloaded from Asus for your PC's model number to have handy to install after Windows is finished installing.
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  3. #142


    Posts : 561
    W10 x64 pro and W10 x86


    Just wondering... as you do

    Have all the W10 related updates that were forced onto W8.1 users in the run up to W10 launching now been removed from the MS update servers ? In other words would a clean and updated 8.1 install now be as if W10 had never existed.
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  4. #143


    Posts : 22,352
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Mooly,

    Yes, it should now be so.
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  5. #144


    Posts : 561
    W10 x64 pro and W10 x86


    Interesting, thanks...

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  6. #145


    Posts : 22,352
    64-bit Windows 10


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