Originally Posted by Higgins909
Right now I'm trying to restore it to a critical windows update.
But I can't do what you said. I don't have a internet connection on it.
(that's the problem, drivers didn't fix it, no matter what it just says its limited connection)
(only device with the problem and it's been going on for a week or 2 out of many devices)
I was thinking next best thing is a "refresh" then a "reset"
Microsoft has made this harder then it needs to be...
Because I find this windows 8/10 key stuff scary: What if the hdd ever dies.
Then reset n refresh would be out of the question? Would need a cd then?
Where can you get a iso? You used to be able to get a windows 7 iso right off microsoft's website.
Or maybe I'd need to do a full fresh install?
You can do a fresh install on the PC as long as it was one that came with Windows 8, 8.1, or 10 without a product key. No key is needed, manufacturers embed the product key in the motherboards BIOS. They no longer do the old method of using a COA sticker on machines where it has the product key on it, like on Windows 7 and Vista machines. All you need to do is figure out which version of Windows 8 the computer has. For example one version could be 8.1 Professional 64-Bit. You simply download the Windows 8.1 media creation tool (a tool made by Microsoft) and select the version of Windows 8 that you have. You can download the iso file and burn it to a DVD. Basically Microsoft gives you the tool to make your own hard copy of an install DVD. You can also take a blank USB flash drive that is at least 4GBs in size and make a bootable flash drive. For most people doing it with a DVD is easier. I have done it both ways, probably somewhere north of 50 times for different PCs I work on. It is really easy to do, and have never had any issues.
Here is a step by step guide on how to do it:
Here is the Windows Media Creation Tool for Windows 8.1:
Here is a program to burn the Windows iso file you download to a DVD, it's called Iso Burner:
Also if you are unsure which version of Windows you have, just go into your Control Panel, System and Security and then System.
Here is an Example:
I have Windows 10 Pro and it's a 64-Bit OSEdited by famous1994 - 11/9/15 at 10:02pm