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Installing Win 8 to an SSD without a disk (OEM copy on HD)

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    Installing Win 8 to an SSD without a disk (OEM copy on HD)

    Dear folks,

    I just bought a Dell 8500 and it came with Win 8 installed on the HD. My plan was to install an SSD (which I have) to use as my boot drive, and to put Win 7 on it (because I had assumed, wrongly, that a piece of hardware I owned didn't have Win 8 drivers). Then the machine came and while initially I kind of hated Win 8 in the past day or two of playing around with it I've decided I like it after all (this after ordering Win 7 from Amazon, which will get here today for me to install -- I'll see if I can return it unopened if I get the right answer here).

    So... I know how to install Win 7 onto an SSD without the install disks, from this link:

    How to Install Windows 7 Without the Disc | PCWorld

    which I did with my old Dell (using my Win 7 serial number) but it doesn't work with Win 8 because there's no Digital River download of the Win 8 ISO that I can find so I can't do the same thing with this Dell and the serial number they've provided. I know there's a "restore" partition on the HD from the Dell, but I don't think that will help me get Win 8 installed on the SSD (if I'm wrong someone can correct me here). I don't want to clone or otherwise do anything than a clean install if I can help it.

    On another forum someone in a similar situation got the answer to download the Win 8 trial and then use their serial number -- is this what I should try? I also think I can get a disk from Dell but I *think* that's just another restore disk and not a complete Win 8 install disk.

    TIA for any help.

    Ah, a quick look around and I can't even *find* a trial of Win 8 (at least on the Microsoft site).

    Now I'm feeling a little doomed.

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    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 could have ordered your Windows 7 here:
    How to use Dell Recovery Partition,make Recovery Disks & how to order Recovery Disks.
    I would order Windows 8.
    Dell - Support

    To install Windows 7:
    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

    You will need to buy a Windows 7 product key.
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    Maybe I wasn't clear -- I don't want Windows 7 anymore (and I'm going to return it to Amazon). I want to move Win 8 to my SSD.

    I don't think the recovery disks will do that (because I need a fresh install on the SSD according to all sources I've read for best speed).
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    Got off the chat with Dell and they will send me a Win 8 disk that should do a clean install. Sorry to have bothered folks here (I might need this resource later for some REAL help <g>).
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    You are welome.
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Installing Win 8 to an SSD without a disk (OEM copy on HD)
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