How make clean install of Windows 8 without bloat-ware?
Posted 12 April 2013 - 04:30 AM
Posted 13 April 2013 - 10:50 AM
As far as legal goes, I don't think you will find it but you could try this:
I need an ISO-file with a clean Windows 8 Pro x64, but where can I find this?
If you would like to reinstall Windows 8, which means removing apps and personal files and settings, you can use reset and refresh. This is equivalent to a clean install.
To do it, do the following:
Press Windows key + i on your keyboard to show the Charms bar (If you are using a touchscreen: Touch the right edge of your screen and swipe your finger to the left)
· Click Settings
· Click Change PC settings
· Click General in the left column
· Under Remove everything and reinstall Windows, click Get started
Then follow the instructions that will be provided on the screen to reinstall Windows on your PC.
Alternatively, so that you don't loose any files, apps. or settings, there is no big problem with simply removing the bloatware. Leaving the essential programs installed, you can clean up any computer until it squeaks
For a Lenovo W530 Laptop. you could start with these:
corel DVD stuff
norton av trial version (install the free MSE antivirus)
lenovo simple tap
lenovo message center
most manufacturer-specific Software
The PC Decrapifier is not perfect but will point you to most software you don't want or need. Anything your not sure of, just google it to find out exactly what it is and does.
Edited by Lee, 13 April 2013 - 02:32 PM.
Posted 14 April 2013 - 09:52 AM
Posted 14 April 2013 - 11:12 AM
Posted 14 April 2013 - 11:49 AM
The last thing you want to mess with is this hidden recovery partition. Hidden for very good reasons
The product-key number is not contained in the BIOS. If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of to having to re-install W8 because the recovery partition has been damaged or removed, you better make sure you have the $$$ to buy a W8 DVD with product-key
As far as I've read the product-key is already "installed" in the Bios on machines with Win8 pre-installed?
I'm really eager to use my new computer but it is no fun until I've made a clean install.
Enjoy your new computer anyway you want, but messing with the operating system files or the recovery partition will bring tears (not tears of joy either)
If you still want to make any changes, please return to my post #2.
PS added info:
Choosing the Remove Everything tool has two options: 1. Just Remove My Files (basically a factory restore using recovery partition W8 files) or 2. Fully Clean the Drive which completely erases your copy of Windows, your programs, your apps, and all your files. In other words, the program wipes your computer completely clean. Then Windows 8 magically auto-reinstalls itself, leaving you with a working computer, but without your programs, your files, or even your user account.
This is a great new feature for those wanting an auto "clean install" from option 2, but you will need a W8 DVD for that option and a product key which is usually on a sticker on the bottom of your laptop (a long string of numbers and letters) or the new one that came with the W8 DVD.
Edited by Lee, 14 April 2013 - 01:14 PM.
Posted 14 April 2013 - 06:02 PM
Posted 14 April 2013 - 07:31 PM
Apart from the UEFI firmware, If the factory partition is scrubbed, a W8 DVD would still be needed.
Actually, on new Win 8 computers with UEFI, the product key is embedded and you never have to enter it if you reinstall.
As far as I know, a new windows W8 upgrade download will only be possible if another Windows OS is already on the computer(?)
UEFI specific mobos (very few at the moment) are needed for UEFI firmware to work, which restricts the choice of motherboard in a desktop (and some new laptops don't use them anyway, so the UEFI switch is set to "off" by default with no installed product key). I don't know what motherboard is used in the laptop in question here, but I have just found out that it does have a "UEFI Settings" switch in the BIOS so I assume it has this firmware feature. UEFI is also restricted to 64bit as well, so that leaves out my laptop
Edited by Lee, 15 April 2013 - 01:18 AM.
Posted 14 April 2013 - 11:31 PM
Posted 14 April 2013 - 11:56 PM
. I want to make a clean install without bloat or hidden partitions. Then I will make my own means of recovery using 'True Image' or similar solutions.
@Lee: If 'Fully clean the drive' requires a Windows 8 installations DVD, then I guess that won't be possible for me since I only have a set of recovery-discs?
If so I'm still in need of a solution...
A solution to do a complete (clean) re-install of W8 and scrub the recovery partiton?
Instructions on how to scrub the recovery partition and the whole drive I can provide (I did it on my laptop and have the OS backed up with an ISO on a USB drive and on a D: partition on the laptop's hard-drive. The D: partition I created after making a C: partition of 60GB to install W8 on. However, I bought a W8 pro DVD to do a clean install.
Recovery disks are to restore to "factory state", which is on the hidden partition you want to get rid of.
Considering the size of today's hard-drives (even the mid-range model of your laptop has a 500GB hard-drive), I'm totally perplexed as to why you want to remove the (relatively) tiny recovery partition(?) I removed mine because it had Vista on it and was no future use to me.
I'm still in need of a solution... headscratch.gif
However, if a clean install is what you want after removing the recovery partition, buy a W8 pro DVD or alternatively, just remove the bloatware and leave the recovery partition intact. Something I regularly do for clients which I don't mind doing.
Edited by Lee, 15 April 2013 - 11:30 AM.
Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:04 PM
Beg, borrow or
Posted 16 April 2013 - 01:41 AM
Posted 16 April 2013 - 01:38 PM
Edited by Lee, 16 April 2013 - 04:09 PM.
Posted 16 April 2013 - 07:20 PM
Posted 16 April 2013 - 09:29 PM
Thanks Rich. I think I get the picture.
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