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Reinstall Win 8?

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#1 ArcticPrince


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Posted 21 April 2014 - 05:00 AM

I have an ASUS with a solid state drive as C: and this is where my OS is installed.  Most (not all) of my programs are installed on D: (not solid state 1 TB drive).  I am having lots of stability problems with my Windows installation to include missing Network drivers.  Can I reinstall Wind 8 "on top" of what I already have, or must I do a clean install?  I assume that if I have to do a clean install, windows will not know about all of my programs on the D: drive and I would have to reinstall them as well?

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 12:56 PM

I'm going to take a guess that this is a custom build?


If this is, the motherboard should have come with a CD containing the chipset drivers and other drivers.  If you installed a discrete graphics card that also should have come with a disc to load the drivers for it.


Since Windows 8 is installed on the C: drive there should not be any Windows files on the D: drive.  If you want to do a fresh installation of Windows 8 I would suggest wiping the whole C: drive and then install Windows 8.


To make things less confusing you could disconnect the D: drive's data cable so that it can't be seen.  This will also insure that none of your data stored there will be compromised.

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