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Win 8 Reformat

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#1 DreadTech


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Posted 28 April 2018 - 09:02 AM



I have an HP 6305 that i'm trying to set back to factory settings. I have the recovery disks from HP to re-install Win 8. I have tried to reinstall on the existing hard drive and a brand new drive and after step one this is the error message i get. If i try Win 7 it works just fine. Any ideas?

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 28 April 2018 - 09:13 AM

Your recovery disks are probably corrupted. Use the Media Creation Tool on a Windows 7 or later computer. If the computer came pre-installed with Windows 8 or 8.1 the license key is embedded in firmware. You may need to install HP drivers after the install as the MCT will not have all the HP bloatware.


Follow the below guide if installing on the existing drive. It's for Windows 10 but the steps are the same for 8 other than the MCT used. For a computer with Windows 8 pre-installed you will use the convert gpt command in the guide. 



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