EDIT: Even if you don't use a live ID, you can use the same username and password again and again.
I'm just downloading a new copy of the iso, and actually starting to get impatient to get going . Fortunately it will be a few days until the HDD arrives (ordered from Amazon UK and has to get to Greece) so I will have time to make sure I have done all the necessary prep and got in enough bottles of red wine to calm my nerves!
Having the second PC will be a bonus. If you get stuck or unsure you can go online and sort it out. I keep my user folders a separate drive/partition. Then when I do clean install I delete all the partitions except the one with my Data on it. Windows recreates all the needed system partitions and the windows partition and then installs. Once that's done I just change the location of my user folders from the default to where I have stored. I don't lose anything or have to copy to external and copy back again. saves a lot of time and effort. In my desktop I use an SSD for Windows and a conventional hard drive for Data. You could likely do the same thing if you wanted. I think a lot of forum members went this route.
Right now I have everything together on C, but once I get the new drive installed I'm considering splitting the OS and data into different partitions. I've been browsing threads where people talk about backing up their OS and their data separately and, though it's taken a while to filter through my brain, I can see the benefits in this.
For now I have all my data on a System Image on an external HDD and plan to move things over once I have the new drive up and running. Well that's the theory, and everything I've read here suggests it should work smoothly in practice .
For me, and I'm sure a lot of other people too, its a required space issue. I have about 300 GB worth of files on my DATA drive. That means I would need a 500 GB SSD to get it all on the one drive. When I bought my SSD a 500 GB SSD would have been very expensive. They still aren't cheap at that size. The easy solution was to buy a smaller drive for the OS and then use the hard drive it's replacing for my DATA. I got lucky with my laptop, it has two drive bays. I put a 128 GB SSD in for the OS and a 256 GB SSD in for my DATA. That was what my budget could afford at the time. Then I put the original 750 GB spinner drive that came in it in an external enclosure for further file storage and backup. I keep that drive in my laptop bag. The benefit to having your Data on a separate partition of drive is when you have a crash and Windows won't boot up. Reinstalls are easier to do without worrying about losing your files. You can erase the Windows partition without losing anything other than installed programs. And no having to copy it all back from an external drive to your internal hard drive. It's a win win in my books.
I thought I'd try Option 1 with my new tablet, which is advertised as coming with Windows 8.1 with Bing, having taken a full backup image. Doing "slmgr.vbs /dlv" it says it is a CoreConnected edition, and a couple of other product key readers say it is "Windows 8.1 Connected".
I tried downloading the 'Windows 8.1' (32 bit) edition using the Media Creation tool, but when I run it, it asks for a Product Key (not a good sign as I was hoping it would read the key in the BIOS) and when I typed the key in, got the error :
"The product key entered does not match any of the Windows images available for installation. Enter a different product key."
Any idea if I can get past this? Would downloading the Pro edition help? Or is my edition simply not available via the Media Creation tool, do you think?
I'm not sure unless the OEM used some other version What does it say for "Description" when using "slmgr.vbs /dlv"?