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How to reinstall Win 8.1 with no disc or backup.


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#1 Jay_is_bored

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 01:35 PM

Hi,

I want to completely reinstall windows 8.1. I have no disc, and there is no backup to revert to. I've read that I can get the product key from the computer.

 

I've read many "how to's" on doing this, and they all bring me to screens that don't show up on the laptop. It seems like the tutorials are specific to win 8.0.

 

Help plz.



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Posted 11 October 2016 - 01:37 PM

You have a USB-based Windows 8 install?  An ISO?  Factory restore partition?


Edited by RolandJS, 11 October 2016 - 01:38 PM.

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 02:36 PM

As RolandJS posted if the factory recovery partition is intact and the computer was pre-installed with 8 you can do a factory reset by tapping a key at boot. What is the make and model of the computer?

 

OEM computers with Windows 8 or 8.1 pre-installed has the key embedded in firmware. After a clean install the computer will self activate once online. You can create a DVD or USB flash drive installer user the Media Creation Tool. There is a version of Windows 8 called Windows 8 with Bing. If you have this version the Media Creation Tool will not work.

 

If you can boot to Windows then use the FirmwareTablesView Utility to find your key. Look under the MSDM table. You can verify that it is the same using Produkey

 

Write the key down just in case the install asks for it.

 

Edit: Once you boot the install media do a clean install per this guide.

 

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows-8/ss/windows-8-clean-install-part-1.htm


Edited by JohnC_21, 11 October 2016 - 02:38 PM.


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Posted 14 October 2016 - 10:21 PM

Ok, Thanks. I'll try that.






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