It's been a while since I have posted on this forum since I have had NO problems since windows XP, but I've recently switched to Windows 8, which seems like a fine OS, but I think I made some mistakes while installing it. I know GeeksToGo has helped me in the past so I've come back to ask for some help.
The problem is that I THINK my Windows 8 is slower than it should be. I say "I think" because I've never used Windows 8 before, so I can't be sure how fast or slow it should be. But it feels like the 'apps' take a fairly long time to load. I'm talking about 3-4 seconds here, which really isn't that much, but with new technology I kind of expect things to not even have a loading time. I'm fine with this 'wait' but I just wanted to make sure I didn't screw things up during the install of my OS. I have installed it on a brand new computer that I built myself. i5 processor, Windows 8 Compatible motherboard (forgot the name), 8 gig Ram.
PROBLEM EXPLAINED HERE:
Originally I had planned to buy the OS from a friend who works for Microsoft in a different country, since it is much cheaper (like $12 instead of $100). He was going to give me the product key and since it would take some time for him to send me the installation disc I thought I would just download the Windows 8 ISO, and install it to save me waiting weeks for the disc to arrive. I couldn't figure out how to download the ISO without yet having a product key. So I used a P2P network to find one (non-hacked/tweaked version).
I downloaded a Windows 8 ISO and made a bootable USB. I successfully installed it onto my newly built computer (which had NO OS installed).
Then I found out my friend wouldn't be able to get me the Windows 8 OS from Microsoft. So instead I went and bought the $100 OEM version from the store.
Since I had the official install disc, I thought, I may as well install this legitimately instead of using the P2P version I had installed.
Not knowing exactly what to do I decided to try format Windows 8. I used a method which can be accessed by going to Windows 8 -PC Settings, -General, -Remove everything and Reinstall Windows. I started this process and set it to FULLY REMOVE everything. I ended up cancelling this process about 20% in as it was taking forever (bad move).
Upon restarting the PC it wouldn't load Windows 8, saying that it needed to be repaired etc. I let it diagnose itself and it said it couldn't repair itself.
I pretty much gave up on it and decided to just try to install Windows 8 from the legit CD.
I booted the computer from the disc drive and successfully installed Windows 8 which I am using right now, Also activated. When I was installing it, it showed that there was a partition of 351mb which I assume that the original (now possibly corrupted) install of Windows 8, was contained.
So Finally, I am just wondering if this method of install, and the possible remnants of the 'corrupted' Windows 8, would be affecting my computer in any way. Is there anything I can do to try and remove that Old original install of Windows?
My computer seems to be working completely fine with no problems whatsoever, but I thought while it is early days, I may as well try to make sure my computer is working optimally.
Anyway sorry for the extremely long description. I just wanted to be clear and make sure there was less needs for questions later on.
Thanks again for any help you can give me,