I would like to install a clean RTM version of Windows 8 on a HP laptop that came with OEM version of Windows 8 with all kinds of bloatware and trialware. However I would like to keep all the current partitions and other information necessary to be able to restore the system back to OEM configuration.
I have the following partition layout.
Partition 1: Recovery Partition Partition 2: EFI System Partition Partition 3: Recovery Partition Partition 4: Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition Partition 5: Primary Partition Partition 6: OEM Partition Partition 7: OEM Partition
I have actually already prepared a Windows 8.0 ISO image that I can boot from. But I have ran into a problem with the setup program, which says that my partitions are not in recommended GPT order.
What kind of "partition order" do I need that would allow me to install RTM Windows and still restore the computer to its original OEM operating system should I need to? Is it safe to remove all these partitions except for the OEM partitions?