Asus X550 Windows 8.1: Clean install (remove bloat, recovery)

cybocross

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Apr 26, 2014
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I know that this kind of question has been asked a LOT of times already. I usually know my stuff and if it was my laptop I would just try it, but this is for a friend and for her I have to be 100% sure! There is no trial and error!


She bought the Asus X550 (http://www.cyberport.de/?DEEP=1C28-1RT). It comes with Windows 8.1 and a lot of bloatware. We want to get rid of this crap!

I plan on doing this:
1) repartition the harddrive to get rid of the recovery stuff
2) grab a Windows 8.1 ISO and make a clean install

The question is: Will it work? Which ISO do I take and will the key get recognized? Is it guaranteed, that the key is stored in BIOS and ready to (re)use?

Thanks in advance.
 

cybocross

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Apr 26, 2014
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Thanks for the quick answer, but couldn't it be that the key I am able to get with third-party tools is different than the one in the BIOS? And how do I find out which exact Windows 8.1 build ISO I have to use?
 

cybocross

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Alright, thanks. Where do I get to download said Windows 8.1 ISO without being a MSDN subscriber? I think I just have the pro version lying around.
 

cybocross

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Thank you very much! You have been very helpful. I will try that tomorrow and report back.
One last question for now: Is there a way to tell if the setup recognizes the key before starting the actual installation process?
 

cybocross

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Then a different question. If the key "does not match the image", is it possible to use a generic key to install and the bios key to activate?
 

cybocross

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Apr 26, 2014
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Thank you very much! Everything went great. I found an ISO image and the key was immediately recognized and activated. (I used RWEverything to grab the key off the BIOS just in case).
I was able to completely wipe the HDD off all recovery crap and installed a clean copy of Windows with every driver! Thanks a ton!
 
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