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Clean installs to new SSD's., and getting from 8.0 to 8.1

  1. #51


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    A lot of those utilities read the key out of the registry. So for you they likely read out the generic key you used to install with. RWEeverything will actually read it out of the BIOS so there is no confusion. You've got it sorted but that may help anybody else reading this thread.
    Not quite in my case. I used the key that I had on paper record ; the one Showkey and Speecy reported a few week back when I was up and running after installed with the Dell USB key for which I did not even enter a key to activate. At that time I also an Belarc so I had that on paper as well.


    The only time I used the generic key was today, first time I used it, and that was only to install . When it promted me to activate, I looked up my paper record (the one Showkey and Spcecy reported a few week back) used it, and it did not work. But the Bealrc one that I also took a paper record of, a few weeks back, did work.

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  2. #52


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Mediaman09 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    A lot of those utilities read the key out of the registry. So for you they likely read out the generic key you used to install with. RWEeverything will actually read it out of the BIOS so there is no confusion. You've got it sorted but that may help anybody else reading this thread.
    Not quite in my case. I used the key that I had on paper record ; the one Showkey and Speecy reported a few week back when I was up and running after installed with the Dell USB key for which I did not even enter a key to activate. At that time I also an Belarc so I had that on paper as well.


    The only time I used the generic key was today, first time I used it, and that was only to install . When it promted me to activate, I looked up my paper record (the one Showkey and Spcecy reported a few week back) used it, and it did not work. But the Bealrc one that I also took a paper record of, a few weeks back, did work.
    Ah, yes now I've got you. To many threads on the go at once on my end I think. Just didn't pay attention. I have seen posts reporting some of those utilities get it wrong, I think that's was when run from Windows 8.1 though. In any case RWEverything gets it right if you know where to look. Windows 8 install media will read the 8.0 embedded key automatically. 8.1 install media won't though. Anyway good luck and hopefully you don't run into any more problems.
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  3. #53


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Windows 8 install media will read the 8.0 embedded key automatically. 8.1 install media won't though.
    Exactly correct and the lesson learned if attempting to rensitall with 8.1 media - gotta really make sure you know your embedded OEM 8.0 key! I thought I did , but now amd glad I ran three different tools (on the first install) so I had at least two keys to choose from. Belarc is my new friend !

    Not an issue going forward as this is the only machine I have with the embedded key. All older ones are safely on Win 7 and all newer ones are DIY builds. But good point for others to be aware of.

    I am having no further issues so far, other than the ones expected (ie I need to repeat the process to take ownersfip and set security on data drives).

    One observation though...

    Normally on a fresh install, I need to re-establish all my preferences (ie IE home pages, various settings ,etc). On this fresh install (deleted partitions, custom), I did not have to do that - many settings were already there. Very eery/consuing at first, but I assume this is a combination of:

    - using my outlook.com account ( first time I used it on another machine)
    - same data drives pre and post fresh install

    I only recently started using the outlook.com account (and will still always have additional local accounts on all machines), but I supposee I need to admit it was convenient... and I think it is 'secure' in that there is no personal data (that I am aware of) associated with the preferences and settings.
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  4. #54


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If you log in with your Microsoft Live ID a lot of your preference's and even installed Apps are synced though Skydrive/Onedrive. Bring up the Charms Bar > Settings > Change PC settings > Skdrive > Sync Settings. It's all in there. It will Sync across all PC's you use that Live ID on, if you want. You can turn it all off for that PC or pick and chose. I had to turn some stuff off as it was rearranging my tiles on my laptops smaller screen. I'd fix it but when I went back to my desktop it would try to mirror what I had set on my laptop.
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  5. #55


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    windows 8.1 pro


    hello,
    if you have a dd of 1to, we can allocate a storage partition in addition to the 4 partitions created automatically.
    or whether it should put.?
    Excuse me for my bad English, I'm french
    thank you
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