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Resetting to Factory Settings/Clean Install

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December 25, 2013 4:16:54 PM

Today I installed a SSD for my Desktop and I want to install Windows 8 on it. I believe my computer has a lot of bloated and unwanted files so I just want to do a factory reset/fresh install. I have my Windows 8 Discs. I went to "Remove Everything and Reinstall Windows" under the Update and Recover Tab. I click Get Started and after a few seconds:

"Insert Media Some files are missing. Your windows installation or recovery medial will provide these files" pops up. So then I insert the Windows 8 disc I bought and then this pops up:

"Media Inserted is not valid."

So then I download the Windows 8 ISO from their site and put it on a DVD and the same thing happens. So I'm not so sure it's the discs. I'm not sure what to do, I just want to start fresh and simple on my SSD. If you need any other information please ask. :) 

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a b * Windows 8
December 25, 2013 4:28:19 PM

You can try to set priority boot device in the BIOS to the DVD. Start installation process. Select "custom". It will offer you to format your disk. Format it and install. Make sure no other hard drives connected.
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December 25, 2013 4:49:23 PM

Astralv said:
You can try to set priority boot device in the BIOS to the DVD. Start installation process. Select "custom". It will offer you to format your disk. Format it and install. Make sure no other hard drives connected.


But how do I get Windows 8 (and everything else) off the main hard drive I have running now? I have 2 hard drives.
- 1 TB hard drive
- 120 GB SSD

The 1 TB has Windows 8 and other stuff I want wiped completely. So when I go through the BIOS to install Windows 8 on my SSD, what will happen since it will have 2 hard drives running Windows 8?
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a b * Windows 8
December 25, 2013 4:58:12 PM

I understand that SSD is new not formatted drive and HDD has OS on it? Unplug your HDD. Run installation on SSD. When you have your new Windows 8.0 installed, update it to Windows 8.1 trough the Microsoft store. Connect your HDD back. Make sure you set boot priority in BIOS to SSD. Then go in to "MyPC", right click, select "Manage". In Device Manager, get to the disk utility. Format your HDD.
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December 25, 2013 5:10:29 PM

Could I just format HDD now and then install Windows 8 on SSD after my HDD is formatted?
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a b * Windows 8
December 26, 2013 5:15:57 PM

You can not format HDD when it is your boot drive with OS. You need to boot your computer from another drive to be able to format HDD.
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