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Help needed to do a CLEAN OEM windows 8 install?

Q: Help needed to do a CLEAN OEM windows 8 install?

Hi everyone,
I am SO SO confused by how windows 8 works now without the sticker key on new laptops. I've searched all over the internet and all I can find are dumb articles telling users to use the manufacturers recovery image. I DON'T WANT THAT. I was hoping that someone could please give me detailed and explained instructions on how to do a CLEAN install of Windows 8.
My new windows 8 has NO sticker key on the bottom so my understanding is that it's stored on the bios? Is this correct? So my question is, is if I get an ISO of windows 8 and install it, will it automatically recognize the key or is the key only set up to be recognized by the PC manufacturers crapware filled image? ALSO, if thats the case, can I use a 3rd party product to pull my key and then use that with the clean ISO? Lastly, where can I download a clean ISO of windows 8? I know you can download official windows 7 ISO's, but i cannot seem to find an official windows 8 iso. I have no desire to download a torrent or from some shady website, I just want an official ISO.
Thank you soo soo much for your help in advance.

Preferred Solution: Help needed to do a CLEAN OEM windows 8 install?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Help needed to do a CLEAN OEM windows 8 install?

Welcome to EightForums

Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)

I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.

Originally Posted by Derkuda

where can I download a clean ISO of windows 8? I know you can download official windows 7 ISO's, but i cannot seem to find an official windows 8 iso.

There are NO official downloads for windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 ISO's for OEM manufacturer's installs.

Take a look at those posts for more info.

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

The only legal download:
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

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My HP Pavilion Elite 110F had so many issues that I decided to do a clean install of Windows 7 so I could move forward and only download programs that I need currently.

The clean install went fabulously, however, now I have 135 Important Updates and 57 Optional updates. There are 20+ Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1 R2 SP1 for X64 systems updates, 50+ security updates, and 15 or so various other updates Windows 7 updates. These don't include all the other "important" updates.

It seems that I would be back in the same boat with all these various updates for each category as previously my Programs list was full of all kinds of different Microsoft versions of updates that were never removed with the Cleanup Utility. Isn't there a current not-bloating list of updates that I install? How can I locate the cleanest list of most recent updates that will keep my system running?

A:Clean install of Windows 7 - what updates are needed?

I'm not aware of a "non-bloating list of updates" and would be suspicious of any such list I might find.

Your HP had many issues.

Do you have any particular reason to think that Windows Update was the source of any of those issues?

Windows Update isn't perfect, but in my experience it's not a leading suspect on a PC with "issues".

I'd think about doing them in batches, first concentrating on those rated critical and most likely taking all of that class, in batches.

Then move on to those rated important, again in batches. Probably taking them all, in batches.

The optional ones I'd evaluate one by one, accepting any that appeared to apply and possibly rejecting the others. I wouldn't necessarily accept an optional update for something that was working well or that applied to some functionality I never used.

I'd guess your prior issues have other causes unless you have specific reason to believe to the contrary. I don't know what your habits are regarding PC maintenance and don't know if you have any hardware issues.

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Hello there, I recently did a clean install of Windows 8.1 on my Lenovo G50-45 and I'm wondering which drivers I need to install and how I can access them? When viewing my Device Manager, the 4 yellow exclamation errors I'm seeing are for the following:1. Network Controller2. PCI Encryption/Decryption Controller3. Unknown device4. USB2.0-CRW Since it was a clean install, I'm wondering if there are drivers I may need in addition to the ones shown in the Device Manager. For example, when I push the brightening/dimming function on the keyboard, nothing happens. The volume function works, but I have no tried playing music or listening to anything to test it.  I tried searching for the drivers on the Lenovo site, but may have the incorrect Serial number, as no results come up. I purchased the laptop from a previous user, so they may have attached the incorrect Serial number.  Any help would be appreciated so I can set up my laptop.  Thank you!Keith

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I've searched HP's support site, but I don't see any drivers for any OS available for my model, the Pavilion g6-1d21dx. I did a clean install of Windows 10, but the Wi-Fi button doesn't work. Apparently there is a driver called HP Wireless Button Driver that I need to install. When I do a Google search for it, there is a link to an HP download page, but the link appears to be dead. Is HP not allowing us to download drivers anymore? This is frustrating, because getting drivers should be simple and easy. Can someone please tell me where I can get this and any other drivers I might need after doing a clean install of Windows 10? Thank you.

A:Drivers needed after Windows 10 clean install on Pavilion g6...

Hi, No, it is still alive:          http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?swItemId=ob_123643_1 Regards.

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I have been having these errors right after the upgrade. Once I did a clean install still having these same errors!
I did sfc scan and says there is no problem at all.

Can you guys kindly take a look and see if you have a solution or any idea what the problem could be?


The User Data Access_Session1 service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 1 time(s). The following corrective action will be taken in 10000 milliseconds: Restart the service.

The User Data Storage_Session1 service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 1 time(s). The following corrective action will be taken in 10000 milliseconds: Restart the service.

The Contact Data_Session1 service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 1 time(s). The following corrective action will be taken in 10000 milliseconds: Restart the service.

The Sync Host_Session1 service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 1 time(s). The following corrective action will be taken in 10000 milliseconds: Restart the service.

The driver \Driver\WUDFRd failed to load for the device USB\VID_138A&PID_003D\0020dc4dd58c.

A:Errors persisting in windows 10 even after clean install. Help needed!

Does it have a fingerprint sensor?

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Hi There

When I bought my PC (about 3 years ago) Windows XP was pre-installed. There's a Windows XP licence number on a sticker attached to the case and I have a Windows XP 'recovery cd' that came with the PC.

My system is really slowing down and I'd like to perform a clean install i.e. format hard drive and install everything from scratch, but I don't think I can do this without a Windows XP cd. Is that correct? I've tried the recovery cd but it doesn't give me any re-installation options.

If I do need a windows xp cd do I just need the media or would I also need a licence?

Thanks, MM

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hi i have a custom build PC (Build by a technician) And i want to do now a clean install, i know that to get the drivers i need to download them from the motherboard site, as i install it while not connected to the internet, i want to download them beforehand, and not use windows update.
1. but what i want to know is, as i have an INTEL chipset maybe i should download from Intel the chipset drivers, (i guess that they are more updated then the motherboard site)
2. as i have a separate GPU from the build in one should i install the build in motherboard graphics driver? or not?
Thanks in advance
my PC spec are as fallowed

Intel Core i5 4430 @ 3.00GHz
Haswell 22nm Technology

8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3

Gigabyte P85-D3 (rev. 1.x) (SOCKET 0)

Intel HD Graphics 4600 (Gigabyte)
2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti (Gigabyte)

111GB Crucial_ CT120M500SSD1 SCSI Disk Device (SSD)
931GB Western Digital (SATA)

Doesn't really matter

NVIDIA High Definition Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio
Intel Display Audio

A:Doing clean install, some help needed

Quote: Originally Posted by avismile10

i know that to get the drivers i need to download them from the motherboard site

That is what I do beforehand, then save them on a stick so you can easily access them later after the initial OS installation.

Quote: Originally Posted by avismile10

...and not use windows update.

After doing the initial OS installation, install the OEM drivers and then just watch closely during Windows updates so you can decide then about whether or not to accept driver updates. For the most part, however, driver updates from Microsoft have seldom been a problem for me.

Quote: Originally Posted by avismile10

as i have an INTEL chipset maybe i should download from Intel the chipset drivers, (i guess that they are more updated then the motherboard site)

Intel has a driver-check utility at its site where you can check your system after the OS installation...but Intel typically says its drivers are generic in nature and that you should likely use the OEM drivers provided my your MoBo manufacturer.

Quote: Originally Posted by avismile10

2. as i have a separate GPU from the build in one should i install the build in motherboard graphics driver? or not?

I would, and I do that because I often connect a separate monit... Read more

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Hi everyone,
I am in need of help to cure a problem that I have brought on myself, but am not knowledgeable enough to sort out.

Here's my problem:

Back a few years ago I bought a new Dell Inspiron 531. Had Vista on it. And I hated it so much that I never used Vista.
I installed a second SATA hard drive on it and installed XP, which I really understand.Then the meomry battery in the computer failed without my knowledge. I had been able to boot to either system before the batt failure. But no longer.

Next I installed Win 7 over Vista, or so I thought. Didn't happen as planned. It installed 7 over XP.Now I have Win7 that will not run without locking up all the time on one hard drive, and Vista on the other. I want to rid myself of BOTH systems and
start a clean slate.

I want to totally Clean both Hard Drives and then install XP Pro on one of the HD's and put the computer
back into service, using the second drive for back up.
I understand how to set up the bios to look for a disc first. But I don't have a clue as to how to completely clean
both HD's to complete a "clean" install.

I have an install disc for XP pro with key. But I need instructions of how to totally clean the two HD's before I install XP on one of them.
Bottom line --- I want to get this computer set up to use with XP Pro only. The computer is virtually new with less that 25 hrs run time on it.

I would really appreciate knowing how to accomplish this while avoiding as ... Read more

A:Clean install for XP help needed

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Hi everyone,

So i was running Windows 7 Pro 64bit and a couple weeks ago i ungraded to Windows 8 pro 64bit.
However my computer has started crashing and now i want to do a clean install of Windows 8 on a new hard drive.
Is this possible? and how do i go about making an ISO image file as i cant find any options in my email apart from to order a new cd at an extra charge. I already have my product key but am i looking in the wrong place for the ISO image of windows 8 pro ?

Many thanks


A:Clean Install (Help needed)

Hello Sam, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Toward the top right of your email from Microsoft, you should have a link like below to click on to download the Windows8-Setup.exe file that will let you download another ISO again.
Afterwards, the tutorial below can help show you how to create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive with the ISO.
Create Bootable USB or DVD with Windows 8 ISO
You can then use the bootable DVD/USB to do a clean install with your upgrade copy of Windows 8. You would enter your same product key number.
Clean Install - Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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Hello to all....
Im hoping someone can advise me on the following.

I currently have two HDD's, one is purely for media storage and back ups. The seocnd is partioned with "C" being my XP os with all of my program files, etc. Dve "D" partition has Vista installed, I wanted to try it before I clean installed over XP.

Now I would like to remove Vista from "D" and clean install on "C" but I dont really want to lose all of my programs, drivers , internet favourites, etc.
So can I -
1. Remove Vista from "D" or does the partition need to be deleted?
2. Make some sort of CD/DVD copy of my programs, etc to make an easy re-install?

Lastly, How do I delete and/or recreate partitions?

I appreciate any help and thank you in advance.


A:Vista clean install help needed

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I have a 256GB SSD; which has 117GB of FREE space available.

It ONLY has my Windows installation on it, and a few other key applications, while the bulk of my other apps and games are on a HDD via Steam Mover.

I now also have, a brand new ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Motherboard, and an Intel Core i5-4690K, and a new computer Case and I'll be using the rest of the parts from my current PC.

Essentially it will be the exact same computer, just with a new motherboard and a new CPU.

I am debating either (Option 1) using this...
Make Windows 7 bootable after motherboard swap

Or (Option 2) partition the SSD and put a fresh clean installation of my Windows on the new partition, then gradually migrate data (ie My Docs, Etc) from the old to the new, and then just reinstall a few essential applications... the only catch being my Steam installation has a number of junctions created to the HDD using Steam Mover; so I'll presume that after reinstalling Steam, I'll probably have to copy the original from the old partition, over onto the new.

Then just gradually change size of the partition as things are moved over, and the old windows is no longer needed... until the SSD is just a single 256GB drive again...

But I am unsure as to whether or not I should attempt option 2 cause well I forgot just how much space a fresh and clean installation of Win 7 Ultimate 64bit will need; and what would I need to do to get it "reactivated" with Microsoft without having to go buy another copy tha... Read more

A:Reinstallation on SSD, how much GB needed for clean install?

Hmm personally I think you are for the sake of the cost of a new OEM going to have a lot of messing around to do like that tutorial lays out .

If it were me I would clone that drive to a spinner just to save my data (if it is only data you want to save) and then install the OEM onto that SSD after wiping it then just install my applications - it would not take so long and seems a simpler way to make the SSD your C: drive, and like I said just for the cost of an OEM.

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My desktop (which I now fondly refer to now as "Chernobyl" was really badly infected w a rootkit, so I'm going to do a clean install from XP to Win 7. Are there any extra measures I should take over the standard reformat/clean install to better ensure total destruction of this scourge? Thanks!

A:Advice Needed on Clean Install of OS

Should you decide to do a clean install from XP to Win 7 due to malware infection, you can back up all your important documents, personal data files, photos to a CD or DVD drive, not a flash drive or external hard drive as they may become compromised in the process. The safest practice is not to backup any executable files (*.exe), screensavers (*.scr), autorun (.ini) or script files (.php, .asp, .htm, .html, .xml ) files because they may be infected by malware. Avoid backing up compressed files (.zip, .cab, .rar) that have executables inside them as some types of malware can penetrate compressed files and infect the .exe files within them. Other types of malware may even disguise itself by hiding a file extension or adding to the existing extension as shown here (click Figure 1 to enlarge) so be sure you look closely at the full file name. If you cannot see the file extension, you may need to reconfigure Windows to show file name extensions. Then make sure you scan the backed up data with your anti-virus prior to to copying it back to your hard drive.If your CD/DVD drive is unusable, another word of caution if you are considering backing up to an external usb hard drive as your only alternative. External drives are more susceptible to infection and can become compromised in the process of backing up data. I'm not saying you should not try using such devices but I want to make you aware of all your options and associated risks so you can make an informed decision if its worth... Read more

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Ok so my stepfather let me use his WindowsXP for a while but since I was a newb then I messed it up during a graphics update. He went to get it fixed and since we were in an argument he didnt leave it here for us. Luckily there was a program at my school; CFY. They gave us a Windows2k and I've updated it(carefully!) to my every need. But I can't seem to shake the feeling off that it's too... old fashioned for me to use. I hate the msn features and mmorpgs aren't the same anymore.
So here's the point. I've googled this but the answers are too complicated for me. I want to borrow a Windows Vista disk from a friend so that I can make a clean install of it on this computer. I'm just hoping that it's possible because I've heard it's only good with WindowsXP. Please tell me if there is any way that I can get a better OS that doesn't involve buying anything cause I'm poor
If I need to post my system information just tell me =/

A:Clean Install Desperately needed :(

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Hi everyone,

I'm trying to reinstall Windows 7 Home Premium from scratch on a 2010(2009?) HP p6500z desktop (64-bit) for a friend who says the computer might have a virus. I've already did this before, but never for somebody else, only for myself, so I want to make sure I have all the right information before proceeding.

If I'm correct, one is supposed to install drivers in the following order:
1) Install the OS
2) Install Service Pack 1(if not included in install disc)
3) Install chipset/motherboard driver
4) Install sound
5) Install network interface card or nic
6) Install video driver
7) Install all Windows updates
Feel free to correct the order if you think I'm wrong.

The processor is an AMD Sempron 140 Processor 2.70 GHz.

The only thing is I can't find the chipset/motherboard driver listed on HP's website:

Also keep in mind that this was a CTO deskop, which stands for configure to order, where you can choose the networking, sound, etc..., so I'm not sure which drivers to install.

Would anybody be so kind as to provide a list of links of drivers, in the order they need to be installed?

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Hey guys,

I've recently inherited a Dell Inspiron (N7110) laptop with Windows 7 Home installed (now Windows 10 after Microsoft decided to trick me into installing its OS) that I would like to revert back to Windows 7 Pro. To do this, I plan on doing a clean install with an OEM Windows 7 Pro disk that I purchased from Dell. I've delt with OEM disks before -- on a Windows XP desktop, for instance -- but never where I've had to physically add the drivers myself, so that's why I'm here. I've had time to check on Dell's website where they have all sorts of drivers available for my laptop, I'm just not sure which ones to install.

Thanks in advance.
List of drivers available for my laptop on Dell's website:

Technical Specs:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2310M CPU @ 2.10GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 4010 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000, 1813 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 461837 MB, Free - 397708 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0YH79Y
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

A:Drivers Needed for a Clean Install of Win 7 on a Dell Inspir

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When I try to start a clean install from a Windows Vista DVD, it asks for a CD/DVD driver...

I want to perform a clean install on a new, unformatted HDD on my laptop using my OEM Windows Vista (32 bit) installation DVD. It boots from the DVD ("Windows is loading files. . ."), and evidently creates a RAM disk "X". The first screen hsa me select my language (English), and I click "Next". The next window has "Install now->" in the center and at the bottom left if has the "What to know..." and "Repair your computer" selections. If I click "Install now" the system is busy for a moment, and then a "Load Driver" window appears. The box says, "A required CD/DVD drive device is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, lease insert it now." It goes on to say that I can take the Windows installation media out of the CD/DVD device if necessary to access the driver. Only, the system will now access the CD/DVD drive, and I am stuck, dead in the water.

I had previously screwed up my operating system and had been unable to boot, which is why I was reinstalling Windows. I had hoped to use the installation disk to repair Vista and I accessed the "Repair your computer" selection and tried all the options without success. I was able to get to the command prompt and look at the C drive, and I copied the drivers CD to the HDD using another system by putting the ... Read more

A:Stymied on clean install attempt (CD driver needed?)

Hi DHartson,
Did you install the latest updates for the Vista DVD?

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I have done a number of Win7 clean installs on desktops. So far I have found no need for installing the vendor specific chipset drivers. All devices have, so far, been recognized, and for the most part a basic driver has been installed with Win7. Secondary vendor specific drivers are sometimes needed for video cards, printers and audio devices, etc.

1) Is the baseline Win7 installation including the appropriate chipset driver, via an MS download, by default?

2) If all devices are working correctly, is there any need to locate and install the vendor specific chipset driver when available?

Since many of the systems I have upgraded using a clean install have been from XP 32 bit to Win7 64-bit on Dell systems, sometimes a chipset driver package is not even available (at least from Dell) that is Windows 7 64-bit specific.

I remember having to hunt down vendor specific MOBO chipset drivers to pacify XP but the problem seems to have minimized with Windows 7.

What has been your experience?

A:Win7 clean install - is Chipset driver package needed?


* Just have a look in device manager. If you have any exclamation or question mark for unknown devices, you can just update the driver via online.

* Sometimes, you may get audio problems while using the microphone, However, you will be able to hear windows sounds, music and other audios. To make your microphone work, you will have to update the drivers.

* Otherwise, you can just go ahead and use drivers that were installed by Windows 7.

Hope this helps

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Finally decided to wipe my drive and reinstall windows.   PC has been working good but lately started acting strange with intermittent connectivity and the just yesterday all connected wifi devices lost their log info so that was odd.  Today when I rebooted this PC, I saw the original windows start up screen you'd see if during a fresh install or a restore and that's not right.  Finally I took at look at event viewer and saw a new NT user was added and I didn't do that so here we go again.   This time I suspect the vectors is a compromised Gateway which I have reset but will need to replace with better quality equipment than the junk Comcast is renting me.  This prompted me to run Farbar and come back to the forum for help.
2nd issue-  I need help with my Norton firewall settings.   I want to lock this pc down except for approved programs.
​Here is the log and thanks in advance again.  Farbar and addition below
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Version: 26-12-2017
Ran by Ronin Asus (administrator) on DESKTOP-O7VPJFK (26-12-2017 17:33:55)
Running from C:\Users\Ronin Asus\Downloads
Loaded Profiles: Ronin Asus (Available Profiles: Ronin Asus)
Platform: Windows 10 Home Version 1709 16299.125 (X64) Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: Edge)
Boot Mode: Normal
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/335081-frst-tutorial-how-... Read more

A:Clean Windows Install on Wiped Drive- Am I still Clean?

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I think I have a virus or malware and have been unable to get rid of it after many tries, and I am having multiple problems with this home built computer running Windows 7Pro 64bit. I installed a retail version of Windows 7Pro 64bit and I have my original installation disk. I want to do a clean erase of my 480GB SSD and then a clean install of the same Windows 7Pro 64bit. Can you tell me how and provide any cautions etc. Thanks.

A:How can I do a clean erase of my SSD to clean install Windows 7?

Hello Joseph,

If you like, a normal clean install will also wipe the drive before installing.

Clean Install Windows 7

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Hi, my problem symptoms is..
98% loading memory - 4gb total. I try to find out who are eating all memories.. but didnt see anythink in task manager. I supposed it could be caused by antivirus? after I turn off antivirus bitdefender it didn't change anything. the loading of memory still where up to 98%. than about 20 second i catch BSOD!

here is my dump file. If sombody can find out what the problem is?
google didnt find out my error - ntoskrnl.exe (nt+78aec)

will be very appreciated for helping me!

A:BSOD in clean installed Windows 7 64 - HELP needed!

Looks like the bsod was caused by C-Media Audio Interface Driver (WDM) by C-Media (2009) driver.
Update to the latest and see if tht stops the bsods.Driver Reference Table

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* Bugcheck Analysis *
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Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck A, {d50, 2, 1, fffff80002a79aec}

*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for cmudaxp.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for cmudaxp.sys
Probably caused by : cmudaxp.sys ( cmudaxp+1076 )

Followup: MachineOwner

0: kd> !analyze -v
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* Bugcheck Analysis *
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An attempt was made to access a pageable (or completely invalid) address at an
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Laptop:  XPS 13, 9360.  I am upgrading the stock SSD, (San Disk 128 GB), with a Samsung 960 Pro 512 GB.  Want to do a clean install of Windows 10 off a USB drive.  The install process begins but I am quickly prompted to install the missing driver:  "No signed device drivers were found.  Make sure the installation media contains the correct drivers. . ."  If I'm not mistaken that driver is the Intel Rapid Storage Driver, no?  If so, I have it installed on the thumb drive but it isn't showing up during the install process.  What am I doing wrong?

A:Driver Needed for Clean Installing Windows 10?

You need the Samsung NVMe driver.  Make sure your system is NOT set to boot in RAID mode (the usual option you need is AHCI).  The driver is located here (under drivers)
Put it on a flash drive and pause the install with F6 when indicated.  Load the driver and Windows should then find the NVMe drive and continue the installation.

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So I'd gotten my PC built a year ago. I have two hard drives; one's an SSD for the OS, another is a WD Black Caviar for storage purpose only. My PC had recently gotten quite slow so I decided to do a clean reinstallation (reformatting my storage hard drive as well, just to be on the safe side). Though, I thought I'd deal with the SSD first, and reformat my 2TB storage hard drive later, once the OS would be reinstalled.

When I was on the installation screen, here's what it said:
Disk 0 Partition 1: 2TB
Disk 1 Partition 1: System Reserved
Disk 1 Partition 2: System

I deleted the Disk 1 Partition 1: System Reserved and Disk 1 Partition 2: System and proceeded to install Windows 7 on it. It however went wrong. This is what it looks like now:

The System Reserved partition is gone. And after I tried installing drives for my graphic and etc, my storage hard drive got these files installed on it which I do not know of:

Where did I go wrong? I have all my files backed up, so I can reformat my storage hard drive if need be.

When on the installation screen, should I delete all partitions, including my storage drive? And install the OS on my SSD first, then reformat my storage hard drive on the installation screen once that's done, just so no files are accidentally installed on the storage hard drive?

I've done clean installations before and have had no problem, not sure what's going on here. Why does the 2TB hard drive show as "System, Active,... Read more

A:Windows 7 Clean Reinstallation gone wrong. Urgent help needed, please.

1) Remove the 2tb HDD, & reformat later.
2) Make the SSD disk 0.
3) Reinstall to SSD, or do a Startup Repair.
4) Refit the 2tb HDD & format.

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Let me start out by saying a clean install is the better way to go; however there may be some instances where a motherboard swap without having to reinstall is preferred. If you are like me and want to avoid all of the custom settings, shared drives, etc; then this option can save a LOT of time.
Recently I did this task on my own network storage system or home server. Some more modern parts became available to me for doing a build. Not only was the motherboard swapped, the system drive was cloned from an ide drive to a more modern sata drive. Here is how you go about swapping boards without a clean install.
This will work on both sata and ide type drives however if you have sata and the sata controller mode is set to AHCI or Raid, you may have problems. If your sata controller mode is set to ahci, you can attempt to swap to native ide in the system bios before beginning this task. If it boots using native ide, then you should be able to do the swap. If it does not boot when changing the controller mode, then you are out of luck.
The old motherboard was a NForce4 with a single core AMD FX-55. The new board was an Epox 945 intel chipset with a Pentium D 940. It does not get much more different than those two chipsets/cpus.

With the old board still installed, do the following. During this procedure, DO NOT reboot. Tell the system later for the reboot.
1 Uninstall any software that is dependent on the old board. This would be things like onboard sound driver, onboard nic driver,... Read more

A:Moving a windows install or swapping motherboards without a clean install of windows.

Very informative thanks for posting

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Hello,I'm facing some little problems that a clean install would definately solve them, but I'm afraid that if I install onekey recovery afterwords, it won't be or can't be 100% integrated with the system. There's this novo key on the side that it brings onekey recovery if i shut my laptop and then press it, would it work later after a clean install of windows OS and reinstalling onekey recovery?Is there anything that is really useful by Lenovo that I'm going to miss out on, if i do a clean install? Is there any risks at all?Thank U guys

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I have looked through solutions for this issue, but the suggestions don't seem to fix my issue...

I am running Windows 7 SP1 Pro 64-bit on a Dell Optiplex 760, and try to do a clean install of Windows 10, using the ISO file which I downloaded from Microsoft & burnt on to a DVD, and instructions from the tutorial on here, which are very good. I downloaded the correct 64-bit version.

I boot from the DVD, enter my region (UK), and choose custom install, and then my hard drive does not show up on the list of where you would like to install. I have all my USB's unplugged (except keyboard/mouse).

I tried deleting my partions using MiniTool Partition Wizard (bootable DVD), so that the entire disk is unallocated. That didn't fix it. I also tried creating a new partition (NTFS) of the entire drive (to get one Primary NTFS partition). That didn't work. I also tried setting that partition as 'active'. The same.

Before formatting etc, I tried a boot from the Windows 7 install DVD, and the hard drive does show up, unlike the Windows 10 DVD.

Do you think it's an issue with the Windows 10 installer?

I downloaded another version of Win10 from the MS Tech Bench page, but same issue.

After formatting etc, during the Windows 10 boot, I tried another suggestion to open up Command Prompt (Shift + F10), and ran 'diskpart' - and no drives are found. I checked the Bios, and it was there.

So presumably that is the issue. If i ran 'diskpart' with my prior Windows 7 install, diskpart sh... Read more

A:Windows 10 clean install - hard drive doesn't show up before install

Welcome toTenforums, Simon.

I am a little concerned that the Windows 10 setup program on DVD does not have drivers to properly see and interrogate the system on your PC so that the hard drive is visible. It's the second similar case on this forum that I've seen recently. You also seem to be trying to clean install on an empty PC - is this correct, because if you do so It will not activate.

After much to-ing and fro-ing, it was finally possible to *copy the Sources folder from the setup ISO file onto a partition on the hard drive, and run the setup from there, where it wasn't possible to boot from the DVD, even though it worked elsewhere.

If you still have Windows 7 installed (and you should do for Windows 10 activation purposes - if just to obtain a genuine ticket for digital entitlement), and you have the ISO download available, the solution is fairly simple. If you haven't you will need the Windows 7 key to activate the install.

You seem pretty PC savvy so, I'd ask you to follow the bolded instructions from the * in the 5th para above.

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I recently did a clean install of Vista Home Premium x32 and upon completion am unable to connect to the internet. I received the following error: "windows unable to install ethernet controller." Upon accessing Device Manager, I noticed yellow exclamation marks associated with my network controller. I have an Acer Aspire 5536-5224 notebook. Windows could not locate the drivers on the machine and I cannot connect to locate. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure where to begin searching for the driver! Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.


A:windows unable to install ethernet controller after vista home premium clean install

Hi -

Try this Broadcom driver from Acer Support --> http://global-download.acer.com/GDFi...e&Step3=Aspire

Acer Support --> http://support.acer.com/drivers_download.aspx

Regards. . .



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My spouses pc all of a sudden wouldn't boot, not into safe mode or anything (vista), and so we were going to upgrade anyways to windows 7, so i bought the upgrade windows 7 and attempted to do a clean install and reformatted the c: drive which has 250gb, and each time i start the install it bogs down and gets stuck on the install files and cycles over and over and never goes anywhere. I also performed a start up repair and it cycles over and over for hours on end, please help!

A:Boot config not working, tried clean install, can't install windows 7

Welcome freakyfrowe

I assume from your specs this is an acer laptop. Check this thread for a lot of ideas.

Questions to use for help with Installation Issues

Disconnect all not necesssary USB devices, printers, ext monitors, TVs, etc.

Also this Tutorial on Clean Install with upgrade disc

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Edit: Optimize Hard Drive for Install

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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Let me start out by saying a clean install is the better way to go; however there may be some instances where a motherboard swap without having to reinstall is preferred. If you are like me and want to avoid all of the custom settings, shared drives, etc; then this option can save a LOT of time.
Recently I did this task on my own network storage system or home server. Some more modern parts became available to me for doing a build. Not only was the motherboard swapped, the system drive was cloned from an ide drive to a more modern sata drive. Here is how you go about swapping boards without a clean install.
This will work on both sata and ide type drives however if you have sata and the sata controller mode is set to AHCI or Raid, you may have problems. If your sata controller mode is set to ahci, you can attempt to swap to native ide in the system bios before beginning this task. If it boots using native ide, then you should be able to do the swap. If it does not boot when changing the controller mode, then you are out of luck.
The old motherboard was a NForce4 with a single core AMD FX-55. The new board was an Epox 945 intel chipset with a Pentium D 940. It does not get much more different than those two chipsets/cpus.

With the old board still installed, do the following. During this procedure, DO NOT reboot. Tell the system later for the reboot.
1 Uninstall any software that is dependent on the old board. This would be things like onboard sound driver, onboard nic driver,... Read more

A:Moving a Windows Install or Swapping Motherboards Without a Clean Install

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I purchased a Toshiba Satellite C50 loaded with windows 8 but want to revert to windows 7.

I have downloaded the necessary drivers and have mounted the .exe files onto a USB pen for installation.

Before I proceed to wipe windows 8 I'd like to know - if I install 7, will my trackpad stop functioning?

If so, how do I install the relevant drivers from the USB pen?

Thanks, John

A:Clean install of windows 7 - how to install drivers from USB memory stick?

99.9% sure that W7 will identify the trackpad and install it. You just run the exe's using file explorer or Start >Run then browse. You may decide to leave the laptop as the W7 install left it but you should check Device Manager to ensure there are no unrecognised devices

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This is what is happening. A friend gave me his DELL Inspririon 531 2007 Desktop. It has a pirated copy of 7 ultimate x64 (which I am not sure if this supports 64 bit). Prior to looking into how old the machine was, I was able to install 8.1 64 bit. But it wouldn't allow me to install any drivers from the DELL site. Said that the machine wasn't compatible. So, I tried with Windows 7 32 bit and I am getting this error. I have deleted all partitions, but now, I do not have that option when I choose Custom-advanced. There is no Delete option.

A few times I got the error at 5% other times at over 60%. What can I do to get this to install? It is a legit DVD of windows. Why would it have allowed 8.1 to successfully install now it is doing this? What files are missing? I have tried both deleting the partitions and not deleting. Same result.

A:Clean install error Windows cannot install required files.

Install the correct version of windows that`s on the COA, either buy a new installer from Newegg or call Dell for Recovery CD`s.

The dvd you are trying to use is corrupted and no good.

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I have the Windows 7 key for the netbook but I was not given an install disc when I bought it from the store.
I believe it originally had Windows 7 Premium home edition on it and I updated it to Windows 7 SP1 Premium Home Edition.

I am having many issues with the OS and wish to either do a repair or a clean install. I'd rather do a repair so as not to have to reinstall everything, but if a clean install is recommended I can do that instead.

How do I go about it, without an installation disc?

A:How do I repair or do a clean install with no Windows 7 install disc?

Hello and welcome Alicia now hopefully you have all your data backed up because what I am going to suggest will wipe it and reset the machine to as it came out of the factory because it will have a special recovery partition for just tis sort of situation..

See this https://lionpress.wordpress.com/2008...tory-settings/

The alternative is to get an ISO for the version you have from somewhere and use the orih=gianl code to activate it.

Another thing you can do is read through this as it will describe how you can use any Windows DVD - a friends or family members one just read it thoroughly if that is what you want to do but make sure you read the bit about the ei.cfg removal tool Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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I'm looking to buy a new laptop, seen a few models I like and they all come with windows 7 pre-installed. Problem is they all also come with a dozen or so pre-installed pieces of freeware/shareware/trial software that I have no use for and don't want and I would like to do a clean install of windows 7 when I buy to get rid of all these. How should I go about doing this?

I'll ask the vendors if they could provide me with some sort of recovery CD that will install the operating system and none of the junk but they might say no (I've done a bit of googling and have read they make money off including all these programmes). If they don't give me anything then could I get by with just purchasing an upgrade DVD even though I obviously won't be upgrading anything, just trying to go from bloated windows 7 to non-bloated version.

Thanks for help.

A:Clean install to replace existing windows 7 install

Hello Third Man, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can just uninstall the bloatware software that comes with the computer in "Programs and Features" in the Control Panel just like in Vista below. Otherwise you would have to purchase a separate retail copy of Windows 7 to do a clean install with, then install all of your drivers.

Uninstall or Change a Program - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,

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I can't find my specific install problem on the forum, so here is the problem:

I have a 4 core 64 bit HP laptop (pavilion) with a Radeon graphics card and 16 gig of ram.

I installed W10 over W7 from the laptop microsoft link when the free offer was available. I have two downloaded disks (burned from iso files), one with threshold 2 the other without.

I have tried booting from both these disks without success, the laptop just boots into the problem W10.
In the bios boot from CD is enabled but this makes no difference?

I'm sure I am missing something (maybe the disks are not configured properly but how do I find out?)
Does anyone know how I can get a clean install to work please?

A:Windows 10 re-install (clean install to fix errors)?

Is there a file and folder structure on the DVDs including a setup.exe in the root folder? Or is there just an ISO file on the DVD?

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So I was backing up my computer last night with SyncBackPro, and encountered a BSOD (kernel_stack_inpage_error). Restarted computer, got other BSODs. Now, I haven't formatted my computer in quite some time, but I have the vast majority of my files backed up. Next, this morning my computer would start up, but it had a different boot screen and no programs will run("gdiplus.dll was not found"). I think I should at least do a repair install of XP, but I only have a SP1 disk from Dell. I've read about slipstreaming, but I don't fully understand the idea. Ideas? The computer is old, but has been treated very well. What can I do to revive the computer?

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I want to install a Install Windows 7 Ent on a Elitebook 840 G3 with Samsung NVMe M.2 SSD Disk.Which drivers do I need to integrate in the installation source (Windows 7 Ent)? Does anyone have the procedure?

A:Install Windows 7 Ent Clean Install on Elitebook 840 G3 with...

Hi: Please see this related thread... http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Operating-System-and-Recovery/Installing-Windows-7-x64-Enterpr...

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I just got a new laptop, a Lenovo X230, for which I paid extra to have the OS on it as Windows 8 Pro.

So--now I have it, and Win 8 Pro 64 is installed and activated on it. I am a legal owner of Win 8 Pro.

However, I would like to do a clean install of Win 8 on the computer, to have it free of bloatware, etc. (In fact, I would like to set up a multi-boot with Win 7, and perhaps even triple boot with Xp as well. (I have installation media and my product keys for XP and 7 though, so those are not really a problem.)

The computer came with no discs at all. There is a procedure to make recovery disks. I may do that, but I think those will be to restore the computer to how it came from the factory, and therefore not usable for a clean install.

I don't see my product key for Win 8 anywhere. Not on the computer, not on any kind of card that came with it, etc.

I looked at the tutorial here for clean install of Windows 8, but it requires an install disc and product key. I have neither, although I am a legal owner of Windows 8.

Is there a way I can create (from my installed Windows 8) a win 8 install disk, that can be used for a clean install? Or a link to download one? Is there a way I can get my product key?

Thank you in advance.

A:Clean Install of Windows 8 without install disc?

You shouldn't need to enter a product key with an oem machine.

The recovery partition and discs will likely reinstall with all the crapware.

Hard to tell without looking at it. Dell recovery program used to offer an option to reinstall without crapware. Perhaps your oem does also.

Many would like to do a clean install as you describe. Not so easy with win8 oem pre install .

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I have a Win 8 Pro with MC license. I would like to start cleanly by formatting and installing 8.1. Is the ISO available officially for DL? Also will my Win 8 Pro key work with 8.1?

A:Clean install of Windows 8.1?

Hello Wildgoat,

You're Windows 8 Pro key would only work if you upgraded to Windows 8.1 from within the activated Windows 8 Pro. You would have to have a Windows 8.1 product key to clean install Windows 8.1 directly.

Currently, the Windows 8.1 ISO file is only available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers. We'll know more tomorrow (18th) when full versions of Windows 8.1 will be available in retail outlets.

Hope this helps for now,

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  Thank you for reading and helping. I have a HP G72-250us laptop. I upgraded to windows 10 and about a month later my HDD failed. I have purchased and installed a new HDD but I need to reinstall windows 7 home premium (don't want to go back to 10 yet), and like a big dummie I can't find my original recovery disc. I have a valid key. Where can I find a ISO? Microsoft will not help because it was installed by HP and HP said I am outside of my 1 year warranty and want to charge me for a new copy/support. I also don't know if I had 32 or 64 bit. I do have a dell windows 7 professional-64bit disc (from my work computer) will that work?
Thank you again, let me know if you need any more info I left out. 

A:clean install of windows 7

Hi Howard There's only two legal ways to obtain Windows .iso: via the Microsoft Software Recovery Center website, which requires a Windows retail product key to get the .iso you need and by contacting your laptop/computer manufacturer and request an installation or recovery media (depends which one is applicable). This being said, any other method of obtaining a Windows 7 .iso is not legal and cannot be discussed nor proposed here. Right now, your product key is an OEM one so you'll have to contact HP for a new installation media and if you're out of your warranty, you'll have to pay.Sorry.On a side note, you cannot use a Windows 7 Professional CD to install Windows 7 Home Premium. You really need an installation media for the version and edition of Windows that you need. Also I'm pretty sure you had Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit on that laptop based on the specs.

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I'm thinking about doing a clean Win7 install onto an SSD. The PC came with Win7 64 bit Home. I updated to Win7 64 bit Ultimate using another Key. I didn't re-install anything, the Ultimate Key just unlocked the Ultimate version that was already "hidden" within Windows.

If I do a clean install should I use the original Restore discs I created when the PC was new & use the original Key, & then upgrade to Ultimate? Or should I just install from the Ultimate disc?

Using the Restore discs would be a clean install along with all the proper drivers, but would also load some bloatware. Using the Ultimate disk would be a really clean install, and no drivers.

The concern is what will Microsoft be looking for as my authentic copy of Window? Will using 2 Keys cause a problem at this point or will skipping the original Key cause a problem? Or does it really matter?

A:Clean Install Windows Key ?

I'd use the ultimate disk personally
Desktops have very few issues getting drivers from the installer/ updates you might get your amd chipset driver/ vga from the manufactures website ahead of time and Ethernet... so at least you have them.
Only have a wired mouse and key board connected at installation


There are also these update to download in advance so you can skip most of the updating later
Newest clean install from M$ catalog,
1) Manually install KB3020369
32 bit
64 bit
2) Manually install KB3125574 you must use ie11 to download this update from the catalog
On the top right use the search for KB3125574
Microsoft Update Catalog
3) Manually install the newest update client included in this July rollup
July update rollup KB3172605 to replace June's KB3161608
Manually check for updates and any missing should show up shortly.

Then you can just deal with ie11 updates if ie11 has issues installing from the updates,
Prerequisite updates for Internet Explorer 11

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Hi everyone.

I have a Acer labtop which cames with Windows 7 Home Premium x64.

I want to make a clean installion of Windows 7 but i dont have any OEM ISO from Acer just have a PQSERVICE...

If i download a Windows 7 Home Premium ISO and install it. Can i activate Windows 7 with the key at the bottom of my labtop. What i need to do ?

Is there any guide or any ideas to do clean install ?

Thanks and sorry for my English

A:Windows 7 OEM /// Clean Install

Manual how to use Acer eRecovery Management here:


You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:

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I just performed a clean install of Windows 7 professional and activated it
However, I can not get any windows updates. When I try to, the windows just stays in the "Checking for updates" 
I have let it run for several hours and no results.
I have done this before with other pc's and have never had this problem.
What should I do nect to get my computer up to date with windows updates
Thanks for any help

A:Windows 7 Clean install

This is a know issue with Windows 7 clean installs.
First download and install IE11
Then the update Agent.
Reboot and check for updates again. It may take 2 hours or longer. Some people have had to wait overnight. 
If you do not want Windows 10 install GWX control panel

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This was a windows 7 upgraded to 10. The pc has had a number of issue since the upgrade. Some issues i have been able to fix but some not and others are developing or worsening. I have had a number of crashes from iqrl less than or not eaqual to nonresposive pages both programs and browser related as well as the typing lag jumping or canceled out curser in the middle of typing, not me bumping the touch pad cuz i use extermal keyboard and mouse, among other things happening in here. i have run sfc and it says theres no issues it finds. i have found a few of my registery keys were missing tried a program to fix that but the issues got worse. malwarebytes finds no malware just a bunch of "pups" that most of which i think may have come from trying to fix the registry errors with the program id picked up after i picked up image_health program with last weeks attempt at fixing the start menu that doesnt want to open. While working on that issue someone suggested a clean install but im not 100% sure how i would do that, i did not think to make a copy when i upgraded and with my upgrade it was activated electronic so i dont have a product key now either i may have the 7 key written down but not sure if i can find it. how,where would i find a clean copy to attempt to clean install to see if that would solve some of my issues, as the upgrade was sort of pushed on my system i had a lot of files that were carried over(pic,music,documents) would that have caused any issues that... Read more

A:need clean install windows 10

Please use this Clean Install tutorial
Windows 10 - Clean Install

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I just got a brand new lenovo laptop with Windows 10 Pro, pre-installed at delivery. This is the first time I have considered a clean install to remove any unwanted bloatware or software. But after some research I can't tell if it is necessary? I have no data on this machine yet so I am willing to try.

So far, I have created a USB recovery drive, system image backup, and system repair disk before doing anything else. Then I ran bloatware removal software and found nothing critical on my new laptop, except for some software which I can easily uninstall myself. So my questions are:

1) Since there is not much unwanted software, should I even bother with a clean install?

2) If I make a mistake, will I be able to restore the computer to its current state by recovering the system image I just created?

3) Will a clean install remove all the software which I might like to keep (such as Lenovo power management)? Will I have the option to reinstall whichever Lenovo software I want? I think it might be tedious to re-install drivers for the built-in smart card reader, fingerprint reader, etc.

4) Is a clean install as simple as a "reset" of Windows 10? Or will this just restore it to the state as it was when I took it out of the box?

Thanks for any advice, as this is the first time I have ever considered re-installing the operating system on a new computer.

A:Windows 10 clean install on new PC?

Short answer. Yes, I would do a fresh install as I did in the past with every Laptop I had.

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I am wanting to clean install W10 on my new laptop. Will there be issues with HP drivers at all? With my previous two Acers, W10 just automatically gets the drivers. Also, will this mean I can never use the HP support assistant again to check my warranty, or can it cause issues with warranty?Thanks

A:Clean Install Windows 10?

Have you previously upgraded to Windows 10? Once you do that you can clean install as the Microsoft activation servers will "know" your computer and allow activation of Windows 10. If you have never had it before it will not activate if you try to do a clean install, unless you buy a Windows 10 license code. Free Update expires 7/29/16 so if you are going to do it, do it soon. Warranty will not be a problem and HP Support Assistant has a version that works in Windows 10 just fine. For computers that came with Windows 8 or 8.1, Windows 10 generally installs all the drivers. A few might have to be updated through Windows Update. The glaring exception is Intel/nVidia switchable graphics which does not function well under Windows 10 but I don't think you have that hardware. 

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After using a Microsoft account to login to Windows, then deciding to switch to a local profile, and giving myself Admin privileges, my Windows permissions are so messed up I've decided to start with a clean install. I tried reinstalling Windows hoping to fix some of these problems, but it's only become worse. Now, whenever I try a clean install, my SSD now has 4 partitions on it and when Windows boots up on my optical drive, it won't let me remove all of the previous partitions it created to use as a recovery drive. Currently, I don't have anything on the drive, just all of these partitions, which I'd like to get rid of instead of adding 2 more. Does anyone know how I can remove these partitions before installing Windows 10 Pro again? When I boot off of the Windows 10 disk and it comes up to the screen for me to choose where I want it installed, it shows all of these partitions, but it doesn't allow me to remove any of the partitions on my drive. If anyone has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it.

A:Need help with a clean Windows 10 install

HI there.

When you do your clean install, do you actually delete all the partitions on the SSD in the Windows installer before selecting the location for the new install and clicking next?

When your at the screen to select the install drive, you can click on each partition and select the delete option. When you've done them all your left with unallocated space. You can then create a new partition and click next. Don't alter the size. Windows will automatically create the required partitions.

As for boot order, you need to go into BIOS and change the boot order there. I am unable to give you specific instructions for that as every BIOS is different.

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Hello folks i am getting a new motherboard soon and i just wanted to see if i could take my hard drive with windows 8 OEM - i upgraded it to windows 8.1 - and put that hard drive to my new motherboard. I have read my research and practically if you place your OEM windows 8 hard drive into a new motherboard it is taking a 50/50 chance of a bullet hitting you. Therefore my only solution is..uhm doing a clean install Then after that clean install i will do it again once i get my new motherboard The reason why i am asking for this is because i am completely broke and in dire need of help because i have bought a pretty... expensive motherboard and a new processor

Asus maximus Forumla VII - New motherboard

Intel i7 4790k 4GHZ haswell - New CPU

And i am completely broke and cannot buy a retail version of windows 8.1 i hope you can understand my situation and if not then i completely understand


A:Windows 8 OEM How to clean install

I have my OEM key and i have an 16GB flash drive

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