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Transferring pre-installed windows 8 from HDD to SSD

  1. #11

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    Wind 7 Home Premium 64 Bits/ Win 8 64 Bits

    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    You can order OEM Recovery disks from your OEM manufacturer's website.

    Take a look at this Tutorial:

    SSD - Install and transfer the Operating System - Windows 7 Forums

    SSD Tweaks and Optimizations in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

    SSD Alignment - Windows 7 Forums
    Hi - just asking, are the weblinks to the tutorials above valid for WIndows 8???

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  2. #12

    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    Moving pre-installed Windows 8 from HDD to SSD

    Quote Originally Posted by Epoch

    So I know you posted this awhile ago, but I hadn't tried it because I could only find the paid version. After you posted this link I found the free trial version. I installed the program, went to Disk Migration, automated everything, took out the HDD, put in the SSD, and it boot in less than 5 seconds, perfectly.

    Wow! There is a solution.
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  3. #13

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    Windows 7

    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.
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  4. #14

    Maryland USA
    Posts : 746
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot

    Have you tried simply cloning the drive?

    Win8 may have some safeguard against it, but give it a shot.
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  5. #15

    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    How to clone your HDD drive to a SSD drive.
    How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.
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  6. #16

    Posts : 3
    Windows 7

    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)
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  7. #17

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by HP/Compaq
    ? If the HP Recovery media do not work, you can obtain recovery media for your system from the
    HP website. For U.S. support, go to Contact HP / Customer Service | HP® Official Site. For worldwide support, go
    to Contact HP Worldwide | HP® Official Site.
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  8. #18

    Posts : 3
    Windows 7

    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.
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  9. #19

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    win 8.1 Pro (64-bit)

    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)
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