Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums

Windows 8 cloning

  1. #1


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 64-bit

    Windows 8 cloning


    I plan to upgrade my PC I want to uninstall and then reinstall windows 8 to the new SSD. The Windows 8 64-bit I have was a Download from the Microsoft download center. At the time it was on offer as a upgrade . I have been told by some one that Microsoft will not let me clone this to a new drive as the processor is different . Is this true and if so why as I always did this with windows 7 with no problems . Also can I do this as a fresh install instead if I am unable to preform a clone to my SSD . I plan to use the same motherboard all that will change is the processor from 2 to 8 Core and the HDD to SSD and 2 new graphics cards and a bigger case .


    can anyone clarify this Please

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    It's OK If you replace the processor but if you replace the Mother Board then you'll need to re-activate Windows.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 64-bit


    Yep I am keeping Mother Board as its a nice one . So I can clone the HDD to The SSD without any problems . Thanks topgundcp That was a quick reply ...
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Moving an OS to a new hard drive into the same system should work with no problems, I moved my OS from a SATA drive to a Hybrid drive, and it's still running.

    Processor should not be a problem, at worst, you will be deactivated. Use the same KEY to activate, and when prompted, do a Phone Activation.

    You should clone the drive FIRST. Make sure the OS gets moved properly, after it is proved stable, THEN swap out the CPU.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 64-bit


    The key to reactivate would that be the new key I got with windows media center ?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Yah, nut remember, you will probably have to call the number it shows you in the Phone Activation Screen.

    Hopefully you will not have to do it. Let us know when you do this, post back here and tell us if you had to re-activate. Do it the way I suggested, Drive first, then CPU later.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Yah, nut remember, you will probably have to call the number it shows you in the Phone Activation Screen.

    Hopefully you will not have to do it. Let us know when you do this, post back here and tell us if you had to re-activate. Do it the way I suggested, Drive first, then CPU later.
    All done no real problems did not have to re register my OS but had to re-download Medea center it was siting in my updates so not a problem PC starts in under 25 seconds new mostly down to the SSD with a bit of help from the AMD FX 8-Core Black Edition, FX-8300 think this is overkill but it was on offer just 50 more than the 6 Core but maybe I would have got the same performance and saved that 50 O well Over all I am very satisfied with how thing worked out .
    I would recommend this type of upgrade to any one its better than spending about 650 on a PC of a lower spec

    My upgrade cost me 437 and is much higher spec than the shops buy effort .

    Thank you all for the Top advice .
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    So you got it? Good job!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 64-bit


    Yep all Good probably the quickest trouble Free Upgrade I have ever dune.

    All the talk about windows 8 being the next Vista and on a road to nowhere is a lot of rubbish.

    Win 8 is by far better than win 7

    Given time I think people will grow to like and understand it although Microsoft should have had a 8.1 version from day one for Desktop users and gamers . as I do feel there is no need for a touch screen for desktop PCs But if you know what you are doing it is not difficult to set up a windows 8 original version to run well with a desktop PC without touch .

    Also as I am here and don't see any need to start a new thread about This but have any of you noticed that DDR3 RAM as rocketed in price lately ? is it possible that there is a DDR4 of some kind coming soon as they did shoot up the price of DDR2 just before DDR3 was out .
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #10


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Depends on where you buy it, try Newegg. Newegg actually started out selling Ram in stores, but so many people would break in and steal all their ram, they went to an Online Service. It happened at the Egghead store that used to be near me. Surely you guys remember Egghead Software? I remember seeing brand new PS-2's in there, with "Micro-Channel Architecture" heh.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Windows 8 cloning
Related Threads
Need help cloning win 8 OS SSD in Performance & Maintenance
Hello everyone, I have a new computer that I built. It has a 120Gb hard drive where I have installed windows 8. I have created a EaseUS WinPE Emergency on a 8 Gb Kingston usb flash drive. Using my WinPE Emergency usb drive, I have cloned the SSD on to a 128Gb usb drive. I did not select...
Cloning my HHD to my SSD in Installation & Setup
I have a brand new ASUS G750JX running Win 8. The OS is on a 750 GB HDD and I would like to install a 256 GB SSD and move the OS and a few programs to the SSD. Can I clone the drives than use 750 GB HDD for storage? Or is the a better way of moving all the stuff to my SSD? Thank you for you...
Cloning Windows 8 Build to SSD - Concerns in Performance & Maintenance
Hello all, Ive done some searching around the Forums and this seems like a great place for info. While ive seen some posts regarding SATA, AHCI, and SSD's I did not see a thread that addressed this specific concern. My buddy just bought a new laptop. It has an OEM install of Windows 8, and Office...
So, I've had some problems with cloning drives lately. First I tried to use DriveImageXML, and that didn't work, and then I tried to use Macrium Reflect. Both times, it said the drives have been cloned, but it's completely destroyed the MBR on my computer when I install the other drive. I've had to...
Hi, I am running windows 8 pro in a Intel i5 3470 + Gigabyte B75M-D3H system with UEFI bios . I have two drives OS drive is a SSD & a 1 tb HDD with two partitions. I am removing the SSD & want to transfer OS to one of the partitions on the HDD , the issue is boot files on the small 350mb...
Hi all; Need your help on this. Currently, i am planning to use the SSD as the boot drive to install the OS and all other programs. However, which is the better route? - cloning / migrating the data from the HDD to SSD, versus - a clean installation on the SSD??? This is the scenario:...
Legal cloning question in General Support
I purchased 21 new Toshiba Satellite PCs for a local school. I have set up two of the PCs the way the school wants them and each one took a while. I'd like to clone one of them to the oher PCs but I am concerned about how Microsoft will deal with cloned PCs. Each PC has a legal Windows 8 key and...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook