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    Non-destructive reinstall for Win8.1 PRO (64bits)

    Hi,

    Is there a Non-destructive reinstall for Win8.1 PRO, as there is one for the Win7.

    If yes, where do I find how to do it?

    Any help is welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amflores View Post
    Hi,

    Is there a Non-destructive reinstall for Win8.1 PRO, as there is one for the Win7.

    If yes, where do I find how to do it?

    Any help is welcome.

    Cheers,
    Flores
    Hi Alberto - this article should help https://www.winhelp.us/non-destructi...8-and-8-1.html but what is the problem that perhaps a sfc /scannow or dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth run from a Command Prompt (Admin) won't resolve ?

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    Hello Tom,

    There you are

    As you know, I have another laptop, an old one using Win7 which I like very much.
    When needed, I do a non-destructive re-install, which takes quite some time, but in the end it restarts ship-shape without any data losses.

    Lately my Dell Latitude started to scare me with some BSOD's, and I did not know if such non-destructive re-install could be made to a system using Win8.1 PRO, just in case.

    The problem is that I suppose the original key is required (as in Win7), but the OS came preinstalled by DELL. Is there a way to find my key? They told me the key is somewhere on the motherboard, and more I did not ask.

    As to the rest of what you proposed, this is far beyond my knowledge.

    Should I try sfc /scannow or dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth ?

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    Flores
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    No, BSODs are something else and usually driver related - I'll PM Satrow with a link to your thread and he'll be able to help you with that.

    For info the free Magic Jelly Bean will find your product key for you. https://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/

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    Alberto, like Tom suggested, BSODs are usually 3rd party driver-related but to get enough information to give us a chance to pin down your scenario, we need some data from the problem machine. Please read and follow http://www.sysnative.com/forums/bsod...8-7-vista.html very carefully and reply back here with the required zipped data folder.

    We'll do our best to track down the problem and get things fixed up.

    If you have a genuine Dell install/restore disk of the correct type and age, it should work fine without needing any key input. The Dell key for your system should be on a sticker somewhere on/in (under the memory expansion slot cover?) the machine - it's usually different to the one that's found in Windows by the keyfinder tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amflores View Post
    Is there a Non-destructive reinstall for Win8.1 PRO, as there is one for the Win7.
    Yes, there is.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

    "The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Savvy?"—Captain Jack Sparrow "When you're troubleshooting, start with the simple and proceed to the complex."—M.O. Johns "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware.
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    Hello bbearren,

    Good to hear about it, but do you recommend any paper on this matter?

    Regards,
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    Both me and my Windows edition speak brazilian portuguese.

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    There's also this article on how to perform a repair install of Win 8.1 - but are you still getting the BSODs ?

    https://www.winhelp.us/non-destructi...8-and-8-1.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by amflores View Post
    Hello bbearren,

    Good to hear about it, but do you recommend any paper on this matter?

    Regards,
    Alberto Flores
    That's it.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

    "The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Savvy?"—Captain Jack Sparrow "When you're troubleshooting, start with the simple and proceed to the complex."—M.O. Johns "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware.
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