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Is Clean Install Possible with Win 8 Upgrade


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#1 Verve

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:33 AM

I have a Windows XP computer that is infected and it has been suggested to do a clean install. Is it possible with the Windows 8 upgrade to do a clean install which would wipe the hard drive of all the bad stuff? I already have my pertinent files and data backed up, so I'm ready to start fresh. I hope I can accomplish this with the $39.99 upgrade.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:50 AM

See here: http://winsupersite.com/article/windows8/clean-install-windows-8-upgrade-media-144648

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:06 PM

Have you checked to see if your computer is ready for Windows 8?

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/upgrade-to-windows-8

Upgrade to Windows 8

Before upgrading to Windows 8, we recommend that you run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. It scans your current PC to see if it is ready for Windows 8 and then provides a compatibility report and optional steps for you to buy, download, and install Windows 8.


The download for the ugrade advisor is on the linked to page.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:25 PM

I tried using the program several days ago but it ran and then stalled. Due to some of the viruses and threats I have on the computer, I assumed that they may have caused it to hang. I'm in the process of cleaning up the problems with help from this forum. I'll try it again once that is complete. Thanks for your help.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:41 PM

I finally got the Assistant to run and it appears I can upgrade to Windows 8. There were a few things that it said I wouldn't be able to run such as Secure Boot and screen not compatible with snap. Most of the other incompatibilities can be re-installed after upgrading. I read the link that was posted about clean install and will use that as my guide to upgrading.




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