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    pre-installed 8 to transfer to new ssd


    So I recently purchased a new laptop (hp dv7 7247cl) and it came w/win 8 pre-installed. Currently its on 1tb and I know for recovery it's equal or more. My ssd is 256gb. Which route is easiest for me?

    A) I have recovery usb and will create repair disc (most likely needed) and work from there.
    B) use older windows (I think I have an XP key somewhere, dont want to use my 7 key because I still use it on other laptop) and buy upgrade to win 8 pro.
    C) clone - I really don't want to do this but last choice
    D) if I buy win 8 pro would it know I already have 8 on my laptop because of product key in bios(?) (saw a post on the news forums) and I should be able to upgrade/install?

    Thanks for any help in advance.

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    Welcome to EightForums.


    A) Most likely one of the best ways.

    B) No point doing.

    C) Most likely one of the best ways.

    D) The Upgrade DVD will see the BIOS key & install Windows 8 HP not Pro Pack


    To upgrade Pro Pack
    No install files needed.
    Only the Upgrade key is need.

    Add Features to Windows 8
    Last edited by theog; 08 Dec 2012 at 15:13.
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    Thanks theog for the quick response. If I do D and it installs 8, could it still upgrade to Pro?
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    Ahh nevemind my last question. Thanks theog. I thought your last part was your sig or something. Thanks again.
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    So I have backup and repair disk.
    i bought win 8 pro, took out old hdd and swapped SSD. Disk runs fine but then I get "device driver not found" please install from usb or cd/dvd.

    Was there a step or two missing? I tried to use recovery/repair but its says no drive/partition. Would it be safe to assume I'm supposed to do something with main HDD first before attempting clean install to SSD?

    Thanks
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    Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Forums
    DO NOT USE CLEAN ALL ON A SSD.
    Than type> convent gpt
    & than Reboot PC to install.

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    How to install with a uEFI BIOS:
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
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    thanks again theog. I knew you'd help and chip in. I'll let you know my results later today.
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    So here's where I'm at. On my SSD, I was only able to install through legacy mode. HP's Bios/UEFI wouldn't let me go that route (at least none I can see). So I made the mistake of putting in my HDD (not formatted) and it overwrote my SSD. After a couple of hours of fiddling. I finally got this:

    win 8 installed on SSD through legacy
    Old primary as storage

    I just need to read up on being an admin so I can delete windows.old.

    I assume I'm ok going this route? (I really miss the old installation days)
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    Did you boot the DVD from the uEFI DVD Drive?

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    I don't think I got that screen. I went into my bios, and noticed for dvd boot up for UEFI was:

    A) internal cd/dvd player
    B) usb cd/dvd player

    Followed the link after cleaning primary HDD
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