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1. The list you provided of things that didn't delete is just fine. They would have been in use by Windows, so they couldn't be deleted.
2. A few days ago, I did a full rebuild (note 1) on my Windows 8.1 computer, which included installing Windows 8.1U (note 2). The number of updates on mine, is completely different than your's.
3. However, this may not be a completely fair comparison.
3.1. The reason is, I think that most likely, you had Windows 8.0, then upgraded to Windows 8.1, then tried to go to Windows 8.1U, and that is why there's a discrepancy, IN PART.
3.2. When I was running updates for Windows 8 (not 8.1), there were quite a few problem updates.
3.3. I searched for three of the above, and they weren't there (in your list), so presumably you may have had issues also, if my comment in 3.1 is accurate.
4. At this point, I'm scratching my head. What we've done so far has worked for other people I've helped.
5. When I got my new computer on 2013_07_31, because of the cost, I got the same computer you have, an HP2000. So I know you should have a restore partition.
6. At this point, unless someone else has an idea, my suggestion would be to reset your computer back to factory specs, and reinstall everything (note 3). If you decide to do that, then (note 4):
6.1. Download an imaging program, and IMAGE YOUR "C" PARTITION to an external drive.
6.2. Backup all your critical files, bookmarks, etc, to an external drive.
6.3. Get a list of all your installed programs, so you can download them again.
6.4. Perform a system recovery.
6.5. Download and install Windows 8.1.
6.6. Install Windows 8.1U.
6.7. Run your updates.
6.8. Install your programs, restore your files, configure as desired.
7. Now, here is what I did when I got my computer.
7.1. Installed everything, and ran it with the image from HP.
7.1.1. This included several recoveries to get my configuration the way I wanted, and getting to know the basics of Win8.
7.2. About a month after getting the computer:
7.2.1. Ordered restore DVDs from HP.
7.2.2. Created restore DVDs from the restore partition.
7.2.3. Purchased a copy of Windows 8.1, boxed.
7.2.4. Nuked and paved my hard drive (this deleted the restore partition).
7.2.5. Created 3 partitions.
7.2.6. Installed Windows 8.1.
7.2.7. Installed and configured my system.
7.3. When Windows 8.1U came out:
7.3.1. Using my presitine images, reset my computer back to just after Windows 8.1 was installed.
7.3.2. Followed my steps, including new, presitine images, up to where I installed new updates.
7.3.3. Tried to install Windows 8.1U.
7.3.4. Had issues.
7.3.5. Figured out how to manually install it. None of the research had the complete answer, I had to extrapolate the procedures.
7.3.4. Finished my updates, installing, etc.
Now, ALTHOUGH I CAN'T PROVE IT, BEYOND THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT, I'm of the opinion that PART of the problems people have, overall is utilizing the image and the "cr*pware" that the PC manufacturer puts on the system. While learning about Windows 8, for about the first week (still using my old PC in parallel, although very limited), I recovered the computer a few times. Each time I restored the PC with the full image, I kept having issues. I then reset the computer with the barebone version (none of the HP apps, etc), things got a lot better but not perfect.
Then, when I got the boxed copy of Windows 8.1, I did the nuke and pave, all the issues disappeared, what I had been seeing up to that point. Since then, it's been occasional, minor annoyances (using like me having to make a registry tweak).
Oh my... looks like another rebuild, because I'm changing from Paragon to Macrium. As I've said before, I want prestine images. Not going to happen, for now. The compression isn't as good as Paragon.
2. I do this at LEAST ONCE per year.
3. Actually, if you could afford it (as well as all others), my recommendation is to purchase recovery CD/DVDs from the manufacturer, and buy a boxed copy of Windows 8.1, and do a nuke and pave. But of course, that is up to the person. The only thing I recommend, is if you decide to go with the recovery partition, do just the "barebones" recovery (don't remember what it's called).
4. If you decide to do this, let me know. I have the detailed instructions already written down on how to MANUALLY install windows 8.1U, and I'll make the instructions available.
Have a great day!
Edited by scotty_ncc1701, 21 July 2014 - 10:09 PM.