Asus s550c upgrade or downgrade problem

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  1. foldonce

    foldonce MDL Junior Member

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    SPECIFICATIONS OF MY ASUS S550C

    Operating System:

    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
    CPU:
    Intel Core i5 3317U @ 1.70Ghz
    Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology

    RAM:
    8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @665Mhz (9-9-9-24)
    upgraded from 6GB

    Motherboard:
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. S550CM (SOCKET 0)

    Graphics:
    Generic PnP Monitor (1366x768@60Hz)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000 (ASUStek Computer Inc)
    2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GT635M (ASUStek Computer Inc)

    Storage:
    698GB Hitachi HTS547575A9E384
    22GB SanDisk SSD U100 24GB (SSD)

    Optical Drives:
    Matsh!ta DVD-RAM UJ8C2 S

    Current Partitioning Scheme(Picture):
    anonfiles(dot)com/file/28cdaad9ae56818c327ece1d448b44f5 <-- Please replace (dot) with . and view on browser.

    I want to have a fresh installation on this new machine that I have. I am not a fan of Windows 8 and this is the OS that is currently installed. I prefer windows 7 or windows 10 (Which is now currently installed on my Desktop from a free upgrade) I don't have any discs or recovery discs on this machine because I got it from a friend who left already to move out-of-town and since I am planning to install a Fresh copy of OS in this machine neither downgrade to win7 or upgrade to win10 I don't intend or plan to have one right now but I do plan to create after a fresh new os installation. I did try to install win7 earlir and manage to boot from a usb to install but I noticed the partioning scheme of the machine and I'm a bit worried about that. I read that the SSD acts as a cache on this machine and I don't want to lose that feature or any features that this machine is supposed to have.

    Note:
    · The machine now prompts me to activate, I can't activate online
    · I don't have any discs, recovery, nor back-ups with this one. I'd love to have one on a fresh installation on this machine
    · On ASUS website I see no driver support for windows 7 only windows 10, win8 and win8.1

    My Concerns:
    · How do I correctly install a Fresh new OS on this Ultrabook on windows 7? Considering the partitions that I noticed and it's features.
    · Is it possible to directly install a windows 10 OS (FREE)?
    · I've been using Driverpack (drp.su)&nbsp;or other driverpackages since.. when installing Drivers, Is that alright?
     
  2. LatinMcG

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  3. foldonce

    foldonce MDL Junior Member

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    Thank you for the reply LatinMcG, but that doesn't really detailed the questions that I asked. I don't really mind about the activation process as of the moment because I'm pretty sure I can work on that for later. If you would notice I did ask a couple of questions:

    My Concerns:
    · How do I correctly install a Fresh new OS on this Ultrabook on windows 7? Considering the partitions that I noticed and it's features.
    · Is it possible to directly install a windows 10 OS (FREE)?
    · I've been using Driverpack (drp.su)&nbsp;or other driverpackages since.. when installing Drivers, Is that alright?



    Update:

    Currently I activated the current OS on it which is Windows 8. What I'm trying to achieve now is utilize the Windows 8 "Reset to Factory Settings" Option.. I am now currently making the image which is done via elevated command prompt:


    • mkdir C:\RefreshImage
    • recimg -CreateImage C:\RefreshImage

    But I'd love some answers on the questions that I have in mind though which is stated above. I'd like to learn some information especially on the Partitioning scheme that it has and also if I format it with my own not relying on the option that win8 has can I still have the features like the SSD caching? or would those features be implemented if I install the ASUS bloatwares.
     
  4. foldonce

    foldonce MDL Junior Member

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    UPDATE:

    I am now on Windows 10 Fully updated with minimal softwares installed. Because I can't wait to test the machine out, Now just as I expected. I needed to set-up the SSD Caching feature of the machine. That is my current problem now, How to set-up the SSD Cache feature of my ASUS S550C?

    I did took some time and tried it out myself and I'm stuck still, I installed the Intel Rapid Storage Technology with compatibility mode because it won't install, Also did this tutorial on toms hardware How to install ExpressCache on Asus - I can't post links but it won't install. I can't see the SSD working to be a cache.

    Can anyone advice on what to do?
     
  5. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    sounds like it needs updated sata raid rom in bios
     
  6. foldonce

    foldonce MDL Junior Member

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