I'm having this same problem too. I don't know what else to do. I have an HP laptop which came with Windows 8 Pro pre installed.
I want to put in a brand new SSD that I purchased.
How do I perform a Clean Install of Windows 8 Pro on this new SSD. More to the point where can I find a legitimate download of Windows 8 Pro iso so I can burn a disk and perform the install without hassle.
Have you tried simply cloning the drive?
Win8 may have some safeguard against it, but give it a shot.
I don't want to clone the drive. That's not the same as doing a clean install.
I just want to put the SSD into this laptop. Then I want to do a clean install of Windows 8 and use the license that came with my laptop to begin with.
Without having to mess around with the Windows Registry (like I've seen some random guides on the internet refer to)
You will need to order the HP Recovery DVD's.
Using HP Recovery media to recover
You can use HP Recovery media to recover the original system. This method can be used if your
system does not have an HP Recovery partition or if the hard drive is not working properly.
1. If possible, back up all personal files.
2. Insert the first HP Recovery disc you created into the optical drive on your computer or into an
optional external optical drive, and then restart the computer.
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And that would require me to spend even MORE money despite the fact that I've already spent plenty of money buying the laptop, the SSD, and will be spending more for Microsoft Office and Norton Internet Security.
Absolutely ridiculous. Thankfully it looks like the HP Representative I'm speaking with is going to credit my account and allow me to place an order for it so it will be free overall.
I installed an image that was on a 500GB HDD onto a 250GB SSD using Acronis TI 2013 with Plus Pack without any hassles. In my case, it was simply a Disk change on the same desktop, so there was no chance of driver conflicts. If this is a possibility, Acronis TI 2013 with the Plus Pack will most likely be needed (the process needs Win PE)