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Fresh install of Windows 8???

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OK, so I jumped on the Win8 deal last year and got my upgrade copy for $15 (had Win7 Home). Anyway, in my haste to upgrade I just did the auto install without saving to a thumb drive. Fast forward to now. I want to switch out video cards soon and go back to Nvidia. Whenever I change video cards I always do a fresh Windows install to avoid any driver issues. Problem is, I don't have Win8 anywhere to reinstall. How can I make an install-able hard copy of my Win8 so I can wipe my SSD and install fresh? Also, how will I be able to use my upgrade copy in this instance? Will I have to load Win7 back on there and then do the upgrade again???

Thanks guys!
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Here's how to do it:

 

http://winsupersite.com/article/windows8/clean-install-windows-8-upgrade-media-144648

 

However, it's not necessary to start over when replacing the video card just to avoid driver issues.  Just use the latest version of Driver Sweeper called Driver Fusion:

 

http://treexy.com/products/driver-fusion

 

Uninstall the Display Driver, reboot into Safe Mode, use Driver Fusion while in Safe Mode to clean up the rest, shut down, install the new video card, boot back up, and install the driver for the new video card.

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tongue.gif i just did this actually 2 hours ago for my old macbook. But downloaded on my win8 desktop by going to the download link they sent to my email, downloaded it through the upgrade assistant and had the assistant create a bootable flash drive for me. Took a few minutes excluding the download time, and didnt have to install windows 7.
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Can't you use the refresh/reset feature of windows 8?
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Where is that?
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Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric View Post

Where is that?

Search refresh but you still will need a windows 8 disc

Edit:click on http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only and download the iso from there. thumb.gif
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