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Windows 8 install on fresh drive

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    Windows 8 install on fresh drive


    I was wondering if I were to use the Windows 8 disc to install windows 8 onto a new SSD drive would my Windows 8 upgrade key work on the SSD drive or does it only work on a drive that previously had Windows 7 installed on?

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    The Windows 8 upgrade process requires the recognition of an installed OS of XPSP3 or higher. A blank SSD does not meet that upgrade requirement.
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    So is there a way to copy my operating system from my HDD to an SSD
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    I believe the clean install will ONLY proceed correctly upon recognition of an upgradable OS. Then it will wipe the hard drive clean and start the installation. I think you would need a retail or OEM version to actually do a clean install on a blank hard drive; however, if this is normal procedure, then why would anyone spend the bucks for a retail version?
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    Quote Originally Posted by melabones36000 View Post
    So is there a way to copy my operating system from my HDD to an SSD
    Wait! That's not what you asked originally! Of course there is a way to copy your current OS from your HDD to an SSD.
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    Brink's instructions work, I've used them. No qualifying OS needed.

    Acronis True Image 2013 has a good Clone tool.
    Macrium Reflect Free also has one.
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    Here's the Windows 8 EULA extracted directly from Brink's tutorial that you linked to:

    Windows 8 EULA

    What about upgrading the software?
    The software covered by this agreement is an upgrade to your existing operating system (XP SP3, Vista, or Windows 7) software, so the upgrade replaces the original software that you are upgrading. You do not retain any rights to the original software after you have upgraded and you may not continue to use it or transfer it in any way. This agreement governs your rights to use the upgrade software and replaces the agreement for the software from which you upgraded. After you complete your upgrade, additional software will be required to playback or record certain types of media, including DVDs.
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    So what if my HDD drive died on me and I had no backup but I purchased the Windows 8 backup discs when I purchased the upgrade from windows store they wouldn't allow me to use the disc on a new drive and use my upgrade key I'd pretty much have to purchase a new retail key?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Brink's instructions work, I've used them. No qualifying OS needed.

    Acronis True Image 2013 has a good Clone tool.
    Macrium Reflect Free also has one.
    Hi Ztruker,

    Yes, I read Brink's tutorial thoroughly and I guess I owe you an apology (and a rep). However, I am sure that methodology is in violation of the Microsoft EULA agreement (cited in the tutorial); therefore, I would never use it personally. Sorry Brink.
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