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New Motherboard and SSD - Win8 on HDD and want to transfer

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    New Motherboard and SSD - Win8 on HDD and want to transfer


    Hi guys,
    As per title. My old motherboard died and I recently got Win8, upgraded from Win7 and it's installed on my HDD. I had a few problems but the new motherboard and windows are working fine so far. I also purchased an SSD just in case I did have to reinstall Windows as I wasn't sure it would be activated (As far as I know it is linked to motherboard).

    I'm wondering if it is possible to put Win8 on the SSD without any problems.
    I tried to download the .ISO from my Microsoft Email but it won't accept my product key (I assume doesn't link my motherboard)
    Other than that I'm not sure what else I can do to get it onto the SSD, unless there is a way where I don't have to re-activate.
    Can Microsoft update my product key to match the new motherboard at all? Or issue a new one?

    Thanks in advance
    Frogsta

    Edit; Is it possible to simply set up a dual-boot, both with Win8?
    Obviously I would prefer having Win8 on the SSD

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


    Most likely your new MOBOhas a uEFI BIOS.
    Did you upgrade with Windows 8 x64?
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Most likely your new MOBOhas a uEFI BIOS.
    Did you upgrade with Windows 8 x64?
    Yeah 64bit Windows 8. I did some reading and don't believe the ASUS Rampage III Extreme has uEFI
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    I take it that the ASUS Rampage III Extreme is the old MOBO.
    Check your new MOBO for uEFI.
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    I take it that the ASUS Rampage III Extreme is the old MOBO.
    Check your new MOBO for uEFI.
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
    Sabertooth X58 or something was the old motherboard, currently have R3E because X58 died
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    So you are replcing your old Sabertooth X58, with a old ASUS Rampage III Extreme.
    First make sure all parts will work with that MOBO.


    Should start right up, but you may need to do a Automatic Repair.
    How to do a Automatic Repair:
    Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8
    Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
    Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Forums

    Edit; Is it possible to simply set up a dual-boot, both with Windows 8?
    Obviously I would prefer having Windows 8 on the SSD
    You would need two licences.
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