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Windows 8 Consumer Preview/avast Help!?

Postby Cruz » Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:58 am

I started to download Windows 8 Consumer Preview

I used MagicDisc to upload the Windows.iso file (that contained Windows 8), and then ran it.

It starts to say "Checking for anything you have to do first...," and then says you must uninstall avast! Antivirus.

So, I went to add/remove programs, uninstalled Avast, restarted my computer, ran the Windows 8 setup again...still says I need to uninstall avast. I tried deleting the folder from Programs, but it STILL says that I need to manually uninstall avast to continue.

Rawrrrghhhh! I really want Windows 8 Consumer Preview! Help me, please? :-)

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Postby Aloin » Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:53 pm

Avast should be uninstalled using their special tool: http://www.avast.com/uninstall-utility

Second, if you are not an experienced computer user, you are making a big mistake in trying out Win 8 CP. It is still buggy and has issues with a lot of applications.

If you are just curious about what Win 8 CP looks and feels like, make sure you create a full system image of your hard drive before you continue. Otherwise, if the computer becomes unstable, you will need to do a clean install of your previous OS and applications.

Read about the FAQ on Win 8 CP: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windo...

EDIT: You cannot find Avast from the folders in C: if you have uninstalled it. However, it still has some leftovers in the Registry which is why Win 8 detected it. To clean it up, reinstall the same version of Avast and then if you want to completely remove it, use their removal tool. However, I wouldn't advice removing Avast if you are going to install Win 8 CP on a separate partition anyway. Your Windows 7 and all its installed applications will not be active in Win 8 as you will not be installing it over Windows 7.

As for installing Win 8 CP, if you are not going to overwrite your current OS, you cannot do it from inside. You have to burn the Win 8 ISO image to a DVD or transfer it to a flash drive using this: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msst...

Boot from the media to and do a clean install of Win 8 CP but be careful not to select the partition where your Win 7 is located. Label your Win 7 OS partition clearly. To be sure about this, from Windows 7, go to Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management, shrink some portion of your hard drive by around 25,600 to 30,720MB (that's exactly 25-30GB) and install Win 8 CP there. In fact, on my test machine, I only gave Win 8 a 20,480MB (20GB) partition as I don't intend to install a lot of applications on that test OS. I don't expect them to run on the yet unfinished OS anyway.

PS: I'm won't be going back to this post so I won't be able to read any additional details that you put in after this. If you need further assistance, send me an email through my profile. You have to enable your profile's email setting, of course.
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