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# 165863 23-Feb-2015 10:54
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I want to do a clean install on my notebook, a Sony Vaio Pro with windows 8.1. It's running pretty slow (even browsers are jerky, where once they were really smooth) and a weird network issue where it will lose my home network and refuse to reconnect until its rebooted. I could try and deal with these issues individually, but I've always liked a nice clean install and am happy to do it. I was hoping to hold out until the Windows 10 consumer preview was available, but can't take the jerkiness any longer.

As seems to be the case for most new notebooks, it didn't come with recovery disks. Nor is there a licence key sticker on the machine ("injected" into the motherboard?). It seems to have a recovery partition and wants me to make my own recovery disks. I never got around to this when I first bought the machine (didn't have a big enough flash drive or external cd writer), so am doing it now.

My question is what will the recovery media actually do? Will it install a clean version of Windows 8.1, or will it be a factory restore (i.e. with the Sony stuff included too)? Or will it just restore my PC to the state it was in when I made the recovery media? I'd prefer a clean install and being able to pick what is installed and what is not. Some of the less useful stuff that I never use (I didn't say bloatware) can immediately go.

Related to this, if/when I go with Windows 10, is there any way of doing a clean install and keeping some of the programs included with the PC? It came with a copy of Photoshop Elements that I'd kind of like to keep (although I know GIMP is a pretty good alternative).

I do have a spare Windows 8 licence key and install disk somewhere too. Am I better off using that for a clean install and just writing off the recovery media altogether?

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  # 1244655 23-Feb-2015 11:04
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It will be a factory restore, complete with Sony crapware.


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  # 1244667 23-Feb-2015 11:29
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Every manufacturer is different. Poke around the start menu and see if you can find some entry that suggests resetting windows to factory defaults. Otherwise boot to windows recovery (easiest to do it from windows - from memory hold down shift while choosing restart) and you'll get to a windows menu that will let you reset / reinstall everything.


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  # 1244703 23-Feb-2015 12:11
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network issue could be related to having the network adapter setup to "allow computer to turn this device off to save power"

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  # 1244783 23-Feb-2015 13:44
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Clearly your choice, but I would fix the problem(s) and move on.

If your Vaio started with win 8 you will be in for a big update process to get to the current 8.1 status.

Regarding win 10, it seems that you will either get a clean install, i.e. NO currently installed programs will survive, or you will be able to update and see all your programs survive. Again, you get to choose.

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