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8 to 8.1 and format?


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#1 Red Kelt

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 02:36 PM

Hello all.

 

My son's Sony Vaio laptop is now crawling along.

 

It's win 8, I want to format it and install 8.1.

 

Whats the best way of doing it?  Is it with a disc and can I dload this from MS?

 

Thx in advance.



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Posted 07 April 2015 - 02:39 PM

Hello there,

Windows 8.1 is more like a Service Pack to Windows 8 (although it seems otherwise). You can download the upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free in the Windows Store.

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 02:43 PM

Thx

 

Can I dload an image which contains only 8.1 or is it a case of getting 8.0 and then upgrading?

 

Also how do I tell if the OS is 64 or 32 bit?



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Posted 07 April 2015 - 02:45 PM

Hi Red Kelt,  windows 8 and windows 8.1 for me is the same thing. In other words u can restore it with sony recovery tool that is installed in ur sony laptop.


Edited by skakko, 07 April 2015 - 02:46 PM.


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Posted 07 April 2015 - 02:46 PM

Hi skakko.

 

I did the reset thing but this also reinstalled sony programs as well as McAfee.

 

I think the machine needs a clean install to breathe some life into it.



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Posted 07 April 2015 - 02:47 PM

u must check the system is 64 or 32 bit ... very important .... 



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Posted 07 April 2015 - 02:51 PM

in  this case u can make a clean install if u have a disc, but is very important backup ur drivers ;)


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Posted 07 April 2015 - 02:58 PM

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You can download the Windows 8.1 media directly from Microsoft here make sure you select the edition that matches what you have.


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Posted 08 April 2015 - 03:46 AM

Many thx for all the replies.

 

I got the image and reinstalled, however the setup did not format the drive and mbam found over 200 threats.

 

On start up this morning I got outgoing threats.

 

I'm in the process of running mbam again.  no threats after 25 minutes so far.

 

However is it possible to wipe the drive clean with a win 8.1 reinstall?

 

I can see there is a virus present which 360 Total security missed, its called 'ninja loader'.


Edited by Red Kelt, 08 April 2015 - 03:55 AM.


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Posted 08 April 2015 - 05:01 AM

Beacasue it is an update about windows 8.1, and not format the drive but update ur windows 8 without remove any threads present on it.

 

U must make a clean install about windows 8.1 for have a clean drive and operating system..

 

U need a windows 8.1 disc installation and its possible u must backup ur drivers before u make it .

 

Or u can restore windows 8 partition with sony recovery tool and u can update it to windows 8.1.

For me is the best easy way.

 

Another way is to run adwcleaner and combofix and after u can update windows 8 to windows 81. without any threads..

 

P.S. sorry my bad english  but the concept is it :(

 

Regards


Edited by skakko, 08 April 2015 - 05:07 AM.


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Posted 08 April 2015 - 05:25 AM

Another way is to run adwcleaner and combofix


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I got the image and reinstalled, however the setup did not format the drive and mbam found over 200 threats.


You can format the whole hard drive during the Windows 8.1 installation process, by bringing up the command prompt via Shift + F10 and using the diskpart utility, followed by the clean command on the disk you want to install Windows 8.1 on to delete every partitions, leaving only one big unallocated space. You might also want to use convert gpt to convert the hard drive to a GPT partition table, as Windows 8.1 will run better on it.

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