On the Microsoft Community forums, they convinced me that I need to do a clean install of Windows 8/8.1.
I decided that if I have to do a clean install, I will replace the C hard drive with a SSD. I got the SSD yesterday. I've installed drives 15-20 times and I've installed Windows upgrades, but never a clean install of Windows.
Some of the people were warning me not to do it myself, and to get a computer store to do it. The told me about how changing the ATA setting to AHCI (as needed for the SSD) will make Windows 8 get into a reboot loop. I checked my BIOS, and it is already set to AHCI (the only other choice was RAID), so that shouldn't be a problem.
This computer came with Windows 7. I bought the retail Windows 8 upgrade disc when it was new and installed it. When the 8.1 free download came out, I downloaded it from the Windows store and installed it. I have the license keys for all three of these.
My plan (after backing up files, of course) is to:
1. replace the C: HD with the SSD.
2. use the Window 8 upgrade disc to do a clean install (this can be done, right?)
3. do Windows Update, do all updates, and keep rebooting until there are no more updates
4. download and install the 8.1 update
I read that there can be a problem activating Windows, but there is a change you can make to the registry to allow it to activate (I've done regedits before).
Do you see any problems with me doing this myself?
Since I wrote this, I looked at this video about doing a clean install. It says to make an ISO image first. Is this video accurate?
Edited by JudMc, 26 February 2014 - 01:26 PM.