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Old 01-03-14, 09:17 PM   #1
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is there a way to reinstall windows on a laptop

i mean and you use the product key it came with but not installl all the bs the company put on the laptop in edition to windows? i dont want to spend money. its win 8 btw
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Old 01-03-14, 09:18 PM   #2
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there is no product key sticker on the laptop
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afaik, you gonna have to download some software to find the product key on your current system, then write it down and use that to re-install. I dont use win8 so I can't recommend any program. But if you are going to re-install, I guess it doesn't really matter if you catch a malaware or two.
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the bad thing i cant find a iso of win 8
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use the restore discs that came with your laptop - if any came. assuming it lets you, do a format to wipe the drive and reinstall. hopefully the install method lets you do a custom install and choose what you want, which may let you not install all the extra garbage.

only other option is to buy a new copy of windows and install because it doesn't have any other company junk attached to it.
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it hasa partion on the drive with a restore image but im pretty sure it adds all the bs back.i like a clean machine no bs
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Oi, I don't have an answer, other then maybe now would be a great time to try Linux.

My wife uses mint, with windows in virtualbox for her banking software, best of both worlds.

http://www.linuxmint.com/
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use the restore discs that came with your laptop - if any came. assuming it lets you, do a format to wipe the drive and reinstall. hopefully the install method lets you do a custom install and choose what you want, which may let you not install all the extra garbage.

only other option is to buy a new copy of windows and install because it doesn't have any other company junk attached to it.
ps off topic are u realy bill nye?
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Similar boat as the OP.

I have gone through the Start menu and unpinned/uninstalled various apps (like ebay and some others I have no use for). Only thing is, even though I have removed them from my account (which has Admin powers), they were still there when I created (non-Admin) accounts for the kids.
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Old 01-04-14, 02:19 AM   #10
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windows update went bad so i installed linux mint
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I like Mint. I run it myself. It's a good choice.
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it hasa partion on the drive with a restore image but im pretty sure it adds all the bs back.i like a clean machine no bs
more than likely. But that's what you get when you buy a pre-fab, pre-installed computer. The only way to make it bloatware free is to completely format and install a clean, store-bought version of Windows.

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windows update went bad so i installed linux mint
how did it go bad? Windows Update is usually pretty good with itself. You could always do a system restore.

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Similar boat as the OP.

I have gone through the Start menu and unpinned/uninstalled various apps (like ebay and some others I have no use for). Only thing is, even though I have removed them from my account (which has Admin powers), they were still there when I created (non-Admin) accounts for the kids.
Designed to be like that.
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You can always remove the software bundled by the maker. They are just applications like all the other stuff on there. The thing to keep in mind with laptops is that they are more sensitive to the drivers used since you're often dealing with proprietary hardware. Other things like branded boot screen and logon screen backgrounds can also be changed or removed.
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Old 01-04-14, 01:43 PM   #14
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more than likely. But that's what you get when you buy a pre-fab, pre-installed computer. The only way to make it bloatware free is to completely format and install a clean, store-bought version of Windows.



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how did it go bad? Windows Update is usually pretty good with itself. You could always do a system restore.



Designed to be like that.
took forever then i rebooted and it gave me a error and this was from win 8.1
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did you reboot before it was finished?
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yeah but im pretty sure it was stuck
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Sounds like it's too late, but you could fairly easily find the Windows license key # either in the windows setting or with a 3rd party program. Just write that number down, then download the appropriate Windows ISO and reinstall. If you have formatted the OS partition and installed Mint it's history though.
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well there's your problem. it may have been stuck, but chances are it was just doing it's thing. Sometimes it takes longer and appears to be not doing anything when it actually is.
I don't have Windows 8, or any experience with it, but from my experience with Windows from '95 to Win7, Windows Update is usually pretty good to go. My guess would be that since it was a new computer it needed most of the updates that were released in the past year or so, which is a tall order. Plus, as you said, you got a slower CPU on a used, older machine, and Windows 8 has a lot going on.
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Sounds like it's too late, but you could fairly easily find the Windows license key # either in the windows setting or with a 3rd party program. Just write that number down, then download the appropriate Windows ISO and reinstall. If you have formatted the OS partition and installed Mint it's history though.
i have the key cant find a iso
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well there's your problem. it may have been stuck, but chances are it was just doing it's thing. Sometimes it takes longer and appears to be not doing anything when it actually is.
I don't have Windows 8, or any experience with it, but from my experience with Windows from '95 to Win7, Windows Update is usually pretty good to go. My guess would be that since it was a new computer it needed most of the updates that were released in the past year or so, which is a tall order. Plus, as you said, you got a slower CPU on a used, older machine, and Windows 8 has a lot going on.
yeah im a tad impatient
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i have the key cant find a iso
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...oduct-key-only
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said something like you cant use that key on retail or something i forget
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i cant belive thse companys install so much bs.thats why i build my own pcs
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said something like you cant use that key on retail or something i forget
Ok, last try:

http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/

Contact MS support. I have had a couple activation problems in past and had to resort to calling them. Both times they were quick and helpful and got me going with minimal hassle.
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i cant belive thse companys install so much bs.thats why i build my own pcs
apple doesn't.
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