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Do not press a key or you'll end up booting to the installation disc or flash drive again, which you don't want to do. Backing up your actual programs isn't usually possible, so locate all the installation media and downloaded installation files that you used to install the programs so they're available to reinstall once One of these Windows auxiliary partitions will clearly be marked as System Reserved and will be very small, probably 100 MB or 350 MB depending on the version of Windows that Two pretty simple options are presented on the Personalize screen: one for color you like and another for PC name.

The color you choose helps shape the display on your future Windows 8 Start Screen, and in some this contact form

You do not need to enter the dashes that are probably shown as part of your product key.

If you downloaded Windows 8, chances are that the product key is in your This is not the same as simply burning the ISO file itself to a disc like you would with a music or video file. Clean Install - Windows 8 Hope this helps, Shawn My System Specs You need to have JavaScript enabled so that you can use this ... According to my test, I can install, at least with the Windows 8 key I bought at the time of the $15 promotion.

You won't be asked to enter any Product Key manually. The Windows 8 setup process is now beginning.

Nothing to do here but wait. Since the download windows doesn't say, am I correct in assuming that C:\ESD\Windows is the folder the ISO will end up in? Reply Anupam November 19, 2014 at 1:30 pm # Update from my side, and it should help others too with similar questions.I was able to install Windows 8.1 using this disc,

From what I can find around the internet, I can still get the install ISOs from MS, but I must have a product key to download it? I can't afford to purchase another just for a activation key Reply Mike Markwicki November 11, 2014 at 9:06 pm # I downloaded the ISO and burned to CD then used The next screen is the Sign in to your PC step.

You have two pretty big options here for how to sign in with Windows 8:

Sign in with your Microsoft account

If you Reply Marco November 22, 2014 at 5:15 am # @BobbyJ Microsoft Support confirmed to me that if you bought a PC with Windows 8/8.1, then this tool will automatically retrive your

Reply BobbyJ November 21, 2014 at 3:40 am # Question for Anupam or anyone else that can answer. Reply Marco November 13, 2014 at 8:10 am # @Mike No need to apologize :-) You can look at this page for some tips on screen settings in Windows 8.1: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/get-best-display-monitor Tipycally, you'd have to install the appropriate driver for your graphics card, for example. Nothing but legitimate installs with keys, I just need the 8 & 8.1 ISOs to place with my other install ISOs so that they'll be there, fast and ready when the

Some later installations may refer to this as its newer brand, OneDrive.

29 of 32 Wait While Windows 8 Creates the Local Portion of Your User Account Windows 8 Clean Install You can save the installation files to a USB drive right away provided that it offers at least 4 Gigabyte of space or create an ISO file instead which you need Edit: I guess I should mention that I'm using a Win 7 Pro x64 machine to dl with a win8 pro retail P.K. Reply Anupam November 9, 2014 at 8:28 pm # Thanks for this information :).In the method covered earlier, product key was required to be entered.

I am trying this to see if it helps. Then you can continue on with the rest of the Windows 8 clean install process.

03 of 32 Wait for the Windows 8 Installation Files to Load Windows 8 Clean Install If you're setting up a Microsoft account for the first time, you may see some other screens as well. Previously I have carried out a fresh install of Win 8.1 using the workarounds described by yourself whereby a 8.1 key was needed for the install, but your Win 8 key

As far as editions are concerned, you get Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro, the N versions of both operating systems, and a single language Windows 8.1 version.N editions of Windows weblink This is what we're going to do over the next several steps.

Important: If, and only if, you're installing Windows 8 on a new or previously formatted hard drive, which of It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.InformationAbout Contact Disclaimer Rss Feeds Privacy Policy Now that you have access to the full range of partition management options, you can delete any partitions from your hard drive that are used by the currently installed operating system.

In other words, I have no partitions setup and my soon-to-begin installation or reinstallation of Windows 8 will be "clean" and "from scratch" on this empty drive.

Note: The number of Here's How Read List List Tutorials on Installing Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP Read List List A Quick Guide to Clean Installing OS X Lion on Your Mac Read You might see this screen for several seconds but not for too much longer than that.

07 of 32 Enter Your Windows 8 Product Key Windows 8 Clean Install - Step navigate here In other words, this is now empty space, which we're getting close to putting Windows 8 on.

Important: Again, make sure you're not removing partitions you don't really want to remove.

Just like you did a few steps back, Windows 8 Setup will prompt you to confirm the removal of this other partition.

Click or touch OK to confirm.

15 of 32 This computer didn't come with Windows 8.1 installation disks. Did I miss the boat?

I use these to install on machines (using the user's Prod.

you get the idea.

Touch or click Next when complete.

25 of 32 Join a Wireless Network Windows 8 Clean Install - Step 25 of 32. My understanding is that the key is embedded in the BIOS. My System Specs You need to have JavaScript enabled so that you can use this ... Navigation gHacks Technology News The independent technology news blog HomeHeader MenuHomeWindowsSoftwareFirefoxChromeGoogleAndroidEmailDealsBest ofSupport Us Return to Content Microsoft tool to create installation media for Windows 8.1 By Martin Brinkmann on November 9,

Hope that BobbyJ sees this.BobbyJ, I had bought an OEM Windows 8 disc from Amazon. I have been trying to activate 8.1 Pro. Reply Marco November 12, 2014 at 6:57 am # From my experience, all new PCs do not come anymore with the Windows sticker on the back. his comment is here Remember all of those personalization and other settings you just made? Windows 8 is now committing those to your user account it just created.

Just wait during this short phase.

Your Windows 8

Look through my Windows Installation FAQ if you're having concerns about this.

The walkthrough that follows contains a total of 32 steps and will guide you through every detail of the Windows 8 Media Player question in General Support Hi guys, What is your opinion about Media Player application for Windows 8/8.1? This 25-digit alphanumeric code is required during the Windows 8 clean install process. section further down this page if you need to change the media (disc vs flash drive) that you install Windows 8 from, or if you have an ISO file of Windows

Reply Martin Brinkmann November 9, 2014 at 4:58 pm # According to the description, you need to enter a Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 product key if you are running Windows Microsoft, as well as most other software makers, have strict and legally binding limits as to how many concurrent computers their software can be operated on. Since you have a laptop that came with Windows 8, then yes, the key must be in BIOS. Reply Tony November 11, 2014 at 8:17 pm # I am not that good on a computer.

The next screen you see is an introduction to a wizard you're about to complete that helps customize Windows 8 to your preferences.

Four sections are shown, including Personalize, Wireless, Settings, and Sign in.

This screen only Windows 8 Clean Install - Step 32 of 32. If you have not backed up everything you want to keep, click Cancel, end the Windows 8 clean install process, restart your computer to boot back into whatever operating system you It sounds like a great option, with your files, settings, and programs all remaining in place, but the reality is often much different.

This process worked great! I always suggest a clean install over upgrading, say from a previous version of Windows like Windows 7. Contact Us Windows 7 Support Privacy and cookies Legal Top Windows 7 Forums - Windows Vista Forums - Windows 10 Forums The Windows 8 Forums is an independent web site I has been helpful just wish me luck.

You might also want to update drivers for any devices that don't seem to be working correctly.

See How To Update Drivers in Windows 8 for a complete tutorial.

You might Is it cool one? If it accepts any Windows 8/8.1 key, that would be just great! As you can now see, all the space on my hard drive is listed as Unallocated Space.

All you have to do here is wait.

This step is the most time consuming of them all.