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February 2, 2014 1:08:23 PM

Ok, first off, some background, I'm running Windows 8.1, upgraded from Windows 8. I have the W8 system builder disc. My installation is somehow show and I need to re-install. The disc will not work, probably because it is for 8, not 8.1. So here is what I want, and need a full walkthrough, to do:

-Format the HDD and partition it for Data, SYSTEM, and Recovery.
-Install Windows 8 to SYSTEM
-Upgrade to 8.1, installed to SYSTEM
-Create a recovery partition for 8.1 i Recovery so that I do not have to download 8.1 ever again.
-Migrate personal files and folders (Documents, Pictures, etc.) to Data.

Again, I will need step by step instructions to ensure it's done right. Thanks!
February 2, 2014 1:12:01 PM

Have you thought about performing a recover installation? It would save you having to format the drive, install Windows 8, and upgrade to 8.1
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February 2, 2014 1:17:50 PM

mjmacka said:
Have you thought about performing a recover installation? It would save you having to format the drive, install Windows 8, and upgrade to 8.1


I've tried. It's really buggered.
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February 2, 2014 1:27:21 PM

Here is a guide to install Windows 8. It includes formatting: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/windows-and-office/the...

Make sure to back up all personal files before you format. I can't tell you what's important on your computer, however c:\users holds all profile data including desktop, documents, music, pictures, and other data. Make sure you have media and cd-keys for all of your applications including Microsoft Office and Windows.

Upgrade to 8.1: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/update-fro...

You can't really make a recovery partition. Those only come on OEM computers.
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February 2, 2014 1:42:14 PM

Anytime you're doing a major change, have your personal files copied elsewhere and offline first.

And once you have that, just do a full reinstall of 8, then the upgrade to 8.1.
After you get 8.1 fully up and running, create a 'Recovery' drive on USB.
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February 2, 2014 1:45:00 PM

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Here is a guide to install Windows 8. It includes formatting: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/windows-and-office/the...

Make sure to back up all personal files before you format. I can't tell you what's important on your computer, however c:\users holds all profile data including desktop, documents, music, pictures, and other data. Make sure you have media and cd-keys for all of your applications including Microsoft Office and Windows.

Upgrade to 8.1: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/update-fro...

You can't really make a recovery partition. Those only come on OEM computers.


Okay. I have already backed up what I really need. It is unfortunate that one cannot create a Recovery Partition. I guess I will have to just make a disc or thumb drive for backup. Thanks.
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