I'm getting really confused. I upgraded from Win7 to Win8 and then to 8.1. Having a problem in 8.1 and decided to go back to Win 8 and start clean. I have one of the $40.00 upgrade licenses and was able to go back to Win8 and a clean install. I figured this would remove all Win 8.1 files and clean install Win 8 but I was wrong. In the original Win 8 I had some Big Fish games installed which of course continued onto Win 8.1. After doing a clean install of Win 8 I found a couple of Big Fish game folders on the C drive. I deleted them. After Win 8 was up and running I upgraded once again to 8.1. First thing I noticed when I had the desktop opened a theme that I had installed in the previous 8.1 showed up. When I opened the change PC settings I was startled to see the lock screen picture and account picture were the same as what I had been using in the previous 8.1. Apparently my definition of a clean install and Microsoft's definition are different as 8.1 installed settings that were used in the previous 8.1. I wanted a totally clean install of Win 8 with no files or settings held over from any previous installation but that didn't happen and it even remembered stuff from the 8.1 installation.
Getting pretty irritated I figured the only way out would be to completly wipe the SSD and start all over with a clean slate. Windows 8 upgrade version will not allow an install to a clean disk and will only install as an upgrade to Win 7 (if I understand what I have read). I figured I'd buy a full version of Win 8.1 but when I looked on the Microsoft site it says "Win 8.1 full version ($119.99 option) is for Win7 users only. Running Vista or XP? First upgrade to Win 8." Is Windows 8 or 8.1 available in any format other than an upgrade? Is there a full version that can be installed on a new, blank hard drive?
At the moment it looks like my only avenue to do what I want to do is to install Win7 onto the blank disk and then use the upgrade to Win 8. I'm retired and have a lot of time to putter around but I don't want to go through the hassle of installing Win 7 and proceeding from there.
Edit: Hmmmmm I just now found a September 2013 article that says "Microsoft relents and the full version of 8.1 can be installed on a blank disk".
Edited by Zcar, 01 December 2013 - 09:49 PM.