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Just about had enough... No luck with SSD install..

  1. #11


    Posts : 19
    Win 8.1 64 bit


    I had another thought today. I'm an old gamer.... My main interest is in speed for gaming. If I were to install the games to the SSD and not the OS.... Would the games be super fast still?

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  2. #12


    Posts : 19
    Win 8.1 64 bit


    Sure 'nough... No HP label to get a serial number from. Newegg lists HP as the warranty company though...

    I bet there was a label on the case but I scrapped it and replaced it already.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 19
    Win 8.1 64 bit


    Do you have Windows 8 Single Language version?

    MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.8.1.SINGLE.LANGUAGE.RTM.X64.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT
    FILE: 9600.16384.130821-1623_x64fre_Client_SingleLanguage_EN-US-IRM_CSLA_DV5.ISO
    SIZE: 3,838,724,096 byte
    SHA-1: 10F0288681BF56D22D9ADC58E27BEE2D781E6A1D

    Windows 8.1 Single Language generic product key = Y9NXP-XT8MV-PT9TG-97CT3-9D6TC
    Not at home until later, but I believe I have the OEM version... I tried a few product keys I found online with no luck.

    Where do I find this info? System information?
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  4. #14


    Posts : 19
    Win 8.1 64 bit


    I did just read online that it will be fine to just load games on the SSD. They will be very fast which is my main goal. With this new machine, it boots up fast and windows seems to speed along just fine.

    What do you folks think?
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  5. #15


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Inspector3711 View Post
    Where do I find this info? System information?
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  6. #16


    Posts : 126
    windows 8.1 pro


    the cloning method will work, but only if your BIOS already knows to look for a windows instalation over there on your new SSD.

    I would recommend the following method, it worked for me on more than one occasion. Get a hold of a windows 7 or 8 ISO, such as by bit torrent for instance, and install it on your SSD, you don't have to go through the final installation stages of setting up any personal stuff etc, you just need a basic installation. and then shut down the computer. (fyi: easiest way to force windows to install on the new SSD is to disconnect your HDD by pulling out one of the connectors, either the power or the SATA. If you don't want to do that, then you should choose custom install option, then you can tell windows where to install.)

    Now that you have your basic windows installation on your SSD, your BIOS knows where to look. Now you are in a position to clone your preferred windows installation onto the SSD. Do it and then shut down the computer.

    Now, when you start up, you will have to go into the BIOS settings before windows starts, and set the boot order so your SSD comes before the HDD. Otherwise, you will automatically boot to your old HDD despite all your efforts.

    Now you got all that done, everything should work, right? well... it still might not succeed in booting to the SSD, because you cloned a new, unfamiliar Windows installation over there. This is where your windows recovery disk comes in handy. It will fix the problem. Or use the EaseUs recovery disk, or whatever. Once you do that, everything should work right.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 19
    Win 8.1 64 bit


    Well thank ya shmu. I'm filing this tip in a screenshot. Having a fantastic day at the moment. A rare dry (22%) 26 F here in the current "superb owl" municipality (superbowl spell checked hahaha).

    On that note, I have just finished fixing the heck out of my SSD and having a great time. I turned the corner on my frustration (a first time ever maybe... and I'm no youngster). Anyhow... The SSD has had a partition removed and the space added to a clean slate.

    I'm a Battlefield franchise player so I'm just going to quit being stubborn and use the SSD for hard core gaming speed only. Windows 8.1 is plenty fast with a overclocked (4.1 Mhz) 6 core AMD with 12 gigs of ram and a killer graphics card, yo? (yo? added for a momentary diversion for the reader. Guess at my background... Really... Try it.)

    So I use my OS strictly for utility so I can surf fast or play killer games (literally dude). In this world a guy should practice just in case. I digress... I shall use my E: drive for playing games with a quick snap. Why, I can be piloting a chopper before anyone else practically.

    I missed the field for the ear of corn. My life is a dream. Out.
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  8. #18


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Inspector3711 View Post
    Sure 'nough... No HP label to get a serial number from. Newegg lists HP as the warranty company though...

    I bet there was a label on the case but I scrapped it and replaced it already.
    PC's with windows 8 installed from the factory have their OEM keys embedded in the BIOS. The COA sticker just says Windows 8 and doesn't have a product key on it. Official Microsoft Windows 8.0 Install media will read and use the embedded code automatically. The OEM recovery media will too.
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  9. #19


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Inspector3711 View Post
    Do you have Windows 8 Single Language version?

    MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.8.1.SINGLE.LANGUAGE.RTM.X64.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT
    FILE: 9600.16384.130821-1623_x64fre_Client_SingleLanguage_EN-US-IRM_CSLA_DV5.ISO
    SIZE: 3,838,724,096 byte
    SHA-1: 10F0288681BF56D22D9ADC58E27BEE2D781E6A1D

    Windows 8.1 Single Language generic product key = Y9NXP-XT8MV-PT9TG-97CT3-9D6TC
    Not at home until later, but I believe I have the OEM version... I tried a few product keys I found online with no luck.

    Where do I find this info? System information?
    In Windows 7 the Product ID shown on the System screen would actually have the letters OEM in it for OEM installs. Windows 8 doesn't appear to do that. The Product ID will likely tell you if you actually know how to decode it. I don't. I don't know where you find that info.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 19
    Win 8.1 64 bit


    Alphanumeric, it ends up that you are correct. I do have the single language version and it may well be that you have my fix.

    For now we'll see how it goes with just using the ssd for game installs. I'll fall back to trying the old idea again if I don't like the results.

    Tonight I'm noticing how quick this sucker surfs...
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