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Factory reset questions

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    Factory reset questions


    Do you need to re-enter your serial key when you do a factory reset from within the settings? Same thing when you refresh your PC, My license ran out. And when factory reset, will it get rid of my Radeon Drivers? (I want them gone, I'm going NVidia soon).

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    There are a couple of options to get rid of left over files. One is Driver Fusion. Try that before doing a complete reinstall.

    Driver Fusion: Driver Fusion - The Complete Driver Solution

    What license do you have that "ran out"? The Windows key is valid for reinstalls. If its an OEM version then its only valid for the system it was initially installed on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
    There are a couple of options to get rid of left over files. One is Driver Fusion. Try that before doing a complete reinstall.

    Driver Fusion: Driver Fusion - The Complete Driver Solution

    What license do you have that "ran out"? The Windows key is valid for reinstalls. If its an OEM version then its only valid for the system it was initially installed on.
    My case is a little different, I upgraded from windows 7. That windows 7 was not the OEM version, and was used on multiple PCs. So I got completely new hardware, and then freshly reinstalled windows 7 and then upgraded to 8. Only I needed to call Microsoft and spend 2 hours on the phone in order for them to overwrite my "bad" serial key. So what I am wondering is if I factory reset, will I need to reenter my serial? Because if I do, I doubt it will work.
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    I can't say whether it will work or not. However, I have one system that had an upgrade version of Win 8 installed on it (the Win 7 was an OEM version). The motherboard died and I couldn't get the exact replacement and I installed a different brand. When I booted up I got a message that the product key was invalid (most likely caused by the different hardware). I had to contact Microsoft and get the new key installed (I did it on line and the tech did what was needed). I posted a question here about the Windows 8 product key I had and if it changed because Microsoft had to reactivate Win 8. I was told my original product key was still valid.

    If you install, you don't need to install Win 7 first, on an upgrade version of Win 8. You can do a clean install of Win 8 and use the procedure listed on this forum to activate it. Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
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    So what I am wondering is if I factory reset, will I need to reenter my serial? Because if I do, I doubt it will work.
    As you have a Windows 8 upgrade, you have NO factory reset.
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    Good point on the "factory reset", theog.

    But, if the user has a legal copy of Win 8 they can do a "clean install" using the procedure I linked him to (if its an upgrade copy) or just install if its not an upgrade copy. A "clean install" means reformatting the hard drive, reinstalling windows, all drivers, and all applications software.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    So what I am wondering is if I factory reset, will I need to reenter my serial? Because if I do, I doubt it will work.
    As you have a Windows 8 upgrade, you have NO factory reset.
    Are you sure? Because it seems to be in my settings anyway
    Click image for larger version
    But aside from that, If I press that shiny button, and my PC reboots, will it prompt me to enter in my serial?

    P.S. Sorry for the confusion, just curious to see if it asks.
    Last edited by Clayf700; 21 Apr 2013 at 20:30.
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    That is a "stock" option listing. If you want to reinstall, you will have to reinstall Windows 8 only. If you have an upgrade version of Windows 8, use the procedure I linked you to. If you have a full version of Windows 8, again as I noted, do a full "clean" install which includes reformatting the hard drive and install Windows 8, any needed drivers and any applications software you want to install.

    You use your original Windows 8 product key (this all assumes you have a legal copy, whether upgrade or full version).
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    To use Refresh, reinstall, reset, you need the upgrade disc in the USB/DVD drive. To do a factory reset, you would need a factory Recovery Partition.
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    Alright, thanks guys for the help!
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