So I have been wondering this for awhile. My PC came with Windows 8. No install media came with it, only a recovery partition. If I want to do a wipe and full clean install (no bloat), how am I to do this?
If I do a reinstall with the partition it will reinstall everything that came with it. Then I have to install every update, then 8.1 and updates that came out until now. Is my only option to buy ANOTHER license for Windows?
I'd like to have a very fresh install with only the basic stuff then backup the image and go from there.
I really do not want to put out $100 for a windows 8.1 dvd from amazon.
I've gone here:
I've tried downloading the 8 and 8.1 installer but it says my key is not good for retail...
If I use the windows 8.1 reset where it says "remove and everything and reinstall windows"
Will that make it pretty much a fresh install? Or will all the extra stuff that came with my PC still be there?