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  1. #10


    Posts : 3
    WINDOWS 8 PRO


    Thanks for your answer and reactivity. I'll try this today and I will tell you about the results. Cordially, Georges.

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  2. #11


    Posts : 3
    WINDOWS 8 PRO


    Hello again,
    I've tryed your method to burn iso from esd folder with your tool but impossible to have the choice 1. Finally, though i don't like trivial method i have do a refresh of my windows 8... Of course i had all iso of my programs on other hdd and my licences. Keys. But really i would like to understand why i could not obtain this option... Cordially, Georges
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  3. #12


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    64-bit Windows 10


    The ESD folder or files in it may have been deleted already, but you should still be able to download the Windows 8 .iso again.
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  4. #13


    Posts : 216
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    Thanks for the tutorial. I'm running Win 8 Pro w/ media pack (x64) and am trying to do an in-place install (repair), keeping everything. I've tried twice now from my Administrator account, but at Step 12, Choose What to Keep, I'm only getting the bottom two choices, not the "Keep Windows settings,..." The first time I used a backup installation DVD (iso), mounted it, copied over the files to a desktop folder and ran setup from there. The second time I used the original Win 8 disk, which includes Win 8 and Win 8 Pro, and ran setup directly from the CD. What am I missing? Thanks,
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  5. #14


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello highstream,



    The issue is that you are using Windows 8 Pro installation media on a Windows 8 Pro w/Media Pack installation. Since they are not the same, you would only have the bottom two options instead.

    To be able to have all options, you would need to uninstall the Media Center Pack using the tutorial below first, then try doing the repair install.
    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  6. #15


    Posts : 216
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    Thanks! Does the "go back to Win 8 Pro" sequence need to be run from the Administrator account with anti-malware apps killed? Nothing is stated, since much of the process looks the same as the repair install, it's worth asking.
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  7. #16


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Yeah, you'll need to do it while signed in as an administrator, and it would be recommended to temporarily disable or uninstall any AV programs to prevent them from possibly interfering.
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  8. #17


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8


    Hi
    I am also having the same issue as other have had with this repair install.
    I get to step 12 and only have two options, keep personal files only or nothing.
    I installed Windows 8 clean from a MS Win 8 Pro ISO provided to me as a MS partner and I am using the same ISO to attempt the repair install.
    Has anyone got any further in discovering the conditions in which the 'keep Windows settings, personal files and apps' option will not get shown?
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  9. #18


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Spotta,

    Did you update to Windows 8.1?
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  10. #19


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8


    Not on this machine.
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