1. You may have noticed things look a little different around here - we've switched to a new platform (XenForo) and have some new forum styles and features. This how-to guide will help you find your way around. If you find anything that looks strange, post it in this thread.

How can I make a clean install of Windows 8 without bloatware and hidden partitions?

Discussion in 'Windows OS and Software' started by white-k, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. white-k

    white-k Notebook Enthusiast

    Reputations:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2013
    Messages:
    17
    recently bought a new Lenovo W530 Laptop from USA.

    It comes with a Windows 8 Pro x64, license but it was downgraded to Windows 7 when I received it.
    It comes with Windows 8 Recovery-discs which I have used to get it back to Windows 8.

    However, when using the recovery-discs I get a lot of bloat-ware installed and I'm guessing some hidden partitions as well (It all takes 50GB on my harddrive).

    What I want is to make a perfectly clean install of only Windows 8 without the bloat-stuff.

    As far as I've read the product-key is already "installed" in the Bios on machines with Win8 pre-installed?
    And I read somewhere I need an ISO-file with a clean Windows 8 Pro x64, but where can I find this?

    I'm really eager to use my new computer but it is no fun until I've made a clean install. :(

    Can you guys guide me through how to do that?
     
  2. JOSEA

    JOSEA NONE

    Reputations:
    4,013
    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2010
    Messages:
    3,528
  3. Prostar Computer

    Prostar Computer Company Representative

    Reputations:
    845
    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2012
    Messages:
    5,019
    You'll either need to purchase a copy of Windows 8 installation media, purchase an upgrade to 8 Pro and opt out of preserving data during the upgrade, or use JOSEA's advice in obtaining it to do a full install.

    I can't recall whether the Refresh option does away with the bloatware or not.
     
  4. white-k

    white-k Notebook Enthusiast

    Reputations:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2013
    Messages:
    17
    I don't know any MSDN subscriber unfortunately.

    I spoke with Microsoft support and they never mentioned the option to buy only installation media, but rather claimed I had to buy a brand new copy of the operative-system, which seems ridiculous considering I already payed for the OS once when I bought the computer.

    How about torrents?
    My product-key should be in my bios, but can I use a torrent-copy of Windows to help me get a genuine clean Windows 8 installation?
     
  5. S.SubZero

    S.SubZero Notebook Deity

    Reputations:
    467
    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2008
    Messages:
    1,352
    Asking about "torrented" commercial operating systems is not really the thing to do here.
     
  6. HLdan

    HLdan Notebook Virtuoso

    Reputations:
    1,088
    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2007
    Messages:
    2,142
    You can't talk about torrents here but I will say this, part of buying a PC is the cheap price and the reason the price is cheap is because it's subsidized by bloat software that you cannot get rid of. They're not going to give you the option to get rid of the bloat software that subsidizes the system and still charge you a cheap price for the computer. You didn't really "pay" per say for Windows, it's basically free which is why PC's are cheap because Windows is subsidized by the bloat. You'll have to buy a separate copy of Windows 8 in order to fully erase the hard disk and do a complete clean installation.
     
  7. Rodster

    Rodster Merica

    Reputations:
    1,693
    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2007
    Messages:
    4,755
  8. white-k

    white-k Notebook Enthusiast

    Reputations:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2013
    Messages:
    17
    Actually I already tried the W8 Upgrade assistant, and one of the first things it does is to ask for a product-key. I guess the reason for that is that the upgrade is only supposed to be used on older OS where the product-key is not embedded like it is in machines pre-installed with Windows 8. So unfortunately that does not work. :-(
     
  9. Bomber-Stud

    Bomber-Stud Notebook Consultant

    Reputations:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2007
    Messages:
    153
    I'm guessing because you had Lenovo ship with Windows 7 installed, that there is no Windows 8 product key sticker under the laptop? Rather it is Windows 7?
    I can't seem to find it right now, but there was a utility out there, originally made for Vista I believe, but it also worked for W7, that would extract the product key for an installed OS... called "ABS".... or something? I remember a link posted in an old Lenovo Windows clean install thread. Anyway, is there such a thing for W8 yet? ...then the W8 Upgrade Assistant workaround may work.
     
  10. XanderD

    XanderD Notebook Geek

    Reputations:
    14
    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2007
    Messages:
    92
    I'm not at my computer now but I believe its called ABR. I've used it to backup OEM keys in order to do clean installs for both Vista and 7. It extracts the key from an original copy and restores and activates windows when you do a clean installation.

    Sent from my Nexus S using Tapatalk 2
     
Similar Threads: clean install
Forum Title Date
Windows OS and Software Clean Windows 7 install RAID 0 Apr 14, 2015
Windows OS and Software clean install of Win 10 help. Feb 7, 2015
Windows OS and Software Clean install stalled at starting services Feb 7, 2015
Windows OS and Software Reactivating Windows 7 after Clean Reinstall on Desktop Issue Oct 29, 2014
Windows OS and Software clean install on a windows 8.1 device with a Windows 8 DVD Jun 21, 2014

Share This Page