Delete windows 8.1 and keep files/application

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by insistent, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. insistent

    insistent MDL Novice

    Jan 16, 2014
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    Hello, i was wondering if there is a way to entirely remove windows 8.1 and keep all application and files and then reinstall windows 8.1 pro freshly? If its done should i use MTK or kmspico to activate it?

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  2. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    You can refresh from Metro side recovery settings but you will lose all your installed programs, your files will stay where they are though
     
  3. insistent

    insistent MDL Novice

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    My product key, kms, activation files and registry is all broken, i cant even acess youtube.com, so i dont think refresh would be best, but is there a way to emulate a partition and put my files and application there so i can choose to reformat main partition and put everything back from emulated partition?
     
  4. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    Refresh will fix that, it only keeps your non-installed files - rest of Windows gets reinstalled and files put back where they were
     
  5. insistent

    insistent MDL Novice

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    Alright cool, though should i use mtk or kmspico to activate after that? Its 8.1 pro RTM
     
  6. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    MTK 2.5 beta 5 works 100%
     
  7. insistent

    insistent MDL Novice

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    Thanks, reformated and used mtk and now activated, though windows havent updated anything yet, will it be safe to update it?
     
  8. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    Yea, it's genuinely activated now
     
  9. insistent

    insistent MDL Novice

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    Alright thanks
     
  10. eydee

    eydee Guest

    Next time you need this, you can resize your existing partitions with gparted, make a new partition, move your stuff, reinstall the os, move your stuff back. It'll be useful when you go back to 7 or install linux.