How to Reinstall Windows 8 on a Computer
What to do if Windows has become unstable. i.e. slowly, periodically, some glitches are visible, some programs do not open, and, perhaps, much more rubbish is going on? As an option, look for the cause and do full system maintenance, namely, cleaning viruses and any accumulated system debris, optimizing hard disk files, checking for errors and much more (for more details, see the article “Overview of Methods and Tools for Improving Windows OS Performance”). But it will take a decent amount of time and most of the time, until all these maintenance tasks are completed, you really cannot work at the computer. Therefore, this option will have to be used if you simply have a huge number of important files on your computer (documents,s, photos, and everything else), and most importantly, many programs you need are installed, and Windows is configured to fit your needs.
And if all the information from the computer can be quickly transferred somewhere, there are few programs installed and you can quickly reinstall them, then it will be much easier to reinstall the system. In the latest versions of Windows (Windows 8, 8.1 and 10), reinstallation can be done directly from the already working system, and it is possible to leave all your personal files intact. And now you will learn how to reinstall Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 from the system.
If you need to install a new operating system, for example, install Windows 8.1 instead of Windows 7, or install Windows 8 instead of Windows 10, then this method will not work, since a new installation will be required. To do this, you will already need an installation disk or USB flash drive with the desired Windows, from which a new installation of the system will be performed. This process is described in a separate article:
In any of the above versions of Windows (that is, Windows 8, 8.1, 10), open the search and drive “Windows Update Settings” there. In the list of results, open the found link:
Further actions depend on the Windows you are using. Read the next section if you want to know how to reinstall Windows 8 or 8.1 and this section if you want to know how to reinstall Windows 10 directly from the system.
How to reinstall Windows 8, 8.1 from the system
If you want to reinstall Windows 8 or 8.1, a window will open, as in the image below, where you need to go to the “Recovery” tab:
Here you will be presented with a choice of 2 options:
Computer recovery without deleting files;
Delete all data and reinstall Windows.
If you choose the second option, then there will be a full reinstallation of Windows 8 / 8.1with the removal of everything that is on the hard drive of the computer (i.e. all your files and folders will be deleted!). Then, after reinstalling Windows, the system will be like new, without viruses and other problems. Just by choosing this reinstallation option, do not forget to save all the files you need from the computer somewhere to another hard drive, for example, a flash drive, in online storage.
When choosing both options, a window may appear with a message stating that no files needed for reinstallation were found:
In this case, you still have to insert the installation disk or USB flash drive with the version of Windows that you currently have installed, and then the reinstallation process will continue.
If you select the option “Delete all data and reinstall Windows”, a window will appear where it will be said that all data will be deleted and the parameters reset. Click on it “Next”:
In the next window, you are asked to choose whether to simply delete all your files or securely erase the disk. The latter is necessary so that the data cannot then be restored, for example, if you transfer your computer to someone or dispose of it. If you just need to reinstall Windows 8 / 8.1, select the first option.
In the next window, we are again warned about exactly what actions will be performed. Click Continue:
Then the computer will reboot and reinstall Windows 8 / 8.1 will begin with the deletion of all your data. At first, everything will happen without your participation, and then, when the reinstallation is completed, you will be prompted to configure the system:
A window will appear where we are given the opportunity to configure the settings for sending various information to Microsoft, as well as for network settings and updates. The default settings are listed directly on this page. If you don’t want to bother, then you can simply click “Use standard parameters”, and then all settings will remain by default. In principle, they are optimal and you can leave everything as it is and then you will no longer need further steps.
But you can click on the “Configure” button and turn off the sending of certain information about your computer and its use:
Now I will go through these settings.
If you clicked “Configure”, the next step will be to configure the detection of devices on the network to which you are connected (if not connected, this window will be skipped). You can enable discovery, and then you can see all the devices that are on the same network as you. For example, you can see printers and other computers on your network. If you select “No”, then the search for devices on your network will not be performed.
If you are connected to the network at home or in the office, I recommend that you enable this option by checking “Yes”. If you are connected to the network in some public place, for example, in a restaurant or simply in an unfamiliar place, it is better to answer “No”.
The next window has one important setting: Windows Update. This setting is responsible for downloading the update for Windows and Microsoft programs. Updates improve the system, eliminate errors in its work and the work of programs, and in general they are strongly recommended to be installed regularly. If you have unlimited Internet, then set the value to “Automatically install important and recommended updates” and then all updates will be downloaded and installed without your participation. It’s comfortable.
However, if you have internet with restrictions on the volume of downloaded, then it is better to set the value to “Look for updates, but the decision about downloading and installing is made by me” or “Do not check for updates.” Because if the Internet is limited by the volume of downloaded, then you can cross the limit due to the fact that the system will regularly download something and because of this overpay extra money for the Internet, or it will turn off at all.
All other settings on the page are best turned on, this will be optimal.
In the next settings window, under the heading “Finding solutions to problems on the Internet”, you can leave both options turned on.
And under the heading “Help Microsoft improve programs and services”, I’d better turn off all settings, because they are responsible for transferring information about using Windows itself and various programs to Microsoft. This is necessary in order for Microsoft to make its programs better in the future. However, no one guarantees that the information you provide to Microsoft does not use for any other purpose.
In the next window there will be some more settings about transferring different information from your computer to Microsoft. It’s better to turn off a few options that I noted in the image below:
They involve sending various information to Microsoft.
Click Next again.
That’s all with parameter settings. After that, the system itself will install all the necessary components and standard applications, without your participation. This will take several minutes and the reinstallation of Windows 8 (8.1) will be completed. After that, Windows will start and you will see the desktop.
If you, when reinstalling Windows 8 / 8.1, select the option “Restore the computer of the database for deleting files”, a window will appear where it will be told what will happen to your computer: which data will be deleted and which will be saved. Click “Next” in this window:
The next window will list all the programs that you have to reinstall on your own, because after reinstalling they will not work. Click “Next”:
In the last window we see a message that everything is ready for reinstallation and click the “Update” button:
Then the computer will reboot and reinstall Windows 8 / 8.1 will begin without deleting your personal data! At first, everything will happen without your participation, and then, when the reinstallation is completed, you will be prompted to configure the system: this is described above.
How to reinstall Windows 10 from the system
If you want to reinstall Windows 10 from the system, then after opening the update center settings, a window will open where you need to open the “Recovery” tab on the left and click the “Start” button:
Here you will be presented with a choice of 2 options:
What each of these options means is described above (click on the appropriate links).
When making a choice, click on the option in the window:
If you selected the option “Delete all”, then in the next window you are prompted to choose. just delete all your files or delete files with a disk cleanup. The latter is necessary so that the data cannot then be restored, for example, if you transfer your computer to someone or dispose of it. If you just need to reinstall Windows 10 from the system, select the first option.
The next window will once again describe what exactly will happen to the computer, i.e. that all your personal data will be deleted, all settings reset. Click Continue:
Then the computer will reboot and reinstall Windows 10 will begin with the deletion of all your data. At first, everything will happen without your participation, and then, when the reinstallation is completed, you will be prompted to configure the system: this has already been described here.
If you selected the option “Save my files”, a window will appear where it will be told what will happen to your computer: which data will be deleted and which will be saved. Click “Reset” in this window:
By clicking the reset button, the computer will reboot and Windows will begin reinstalling and all your personal files will be saved. At first, everything will happen without your participation, and then, when the reinstallation is completed, you will be prompted to configure the system, as described here.
That’s the whole reinstallation process. As you can see, reinstalling Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 from the system is very simple and any newbie will cope, I think. Hope that explained everything is available 🙂
If you need to install another edition of Windows, for example, instead of Windows 7 install Windows 8 / Windows 10 or vice versa, then this is described in a separate article:
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