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  1. #21


    Chicago USA
    Posts : 84
    Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro 32 bit and 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by umairarif View Post
    i am sorry if i have not been able to explain what i am trying to do. so again, i bought lenovo that came with win 8, i now want to install a SSD and of course win 8 on this SSD. what are my options?
    regards
    Record the generic product key from the other post. You may need it twice. Once to create an installation media (USB or DVD) and again to install to your SSD.

    Click on the link to down load the media. It will ask you for a product ID. You will use the generic key. When you get to the step to install or create media you will make your installation media that will do the install to your new SSD.

    Once you have created your installation media swap out your existing hard drive with the SSD.

    Use the media you just created to do the new install. If you make a USB installation media then tap F12 continuously as the computer is booting and tell it to boot from the USB. (You need an 8GB minimum USB if I remember correctly) A DVD should auto boot. If not tap the F12 at boot up and select the DVD as the installation media.

    You may need to enter the generic code a second time to start the installation process or it may pick it up from the bios automatically. Hopefully it will pick up your product ID automatically and you will be activated. If not post back and someone will help you with the activation process.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 12
    win 8


    its giving a message ''we cant connect right now try latter''
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  3. #23


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    edit:

    How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key. -> link
    Last edited by genet; 28 Nov 2014 at 17:34.
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  4. #24


    Posts : 12
    win 8


    win 8
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  5. #25


    Posts : 12
    win 8


    i have created a usb recovery, cant I use this to install win 8 on my SSD?
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  6. #26


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    edit:

    How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key. -> link
    Last edited by genet; 28 Nov 2014 at 17:35.
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  7. #27


    Chicago USA
    Posts : 84
    Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro 32 bit and 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by umairarif View Post
    i have created a usb recovery, cant I use this to install win 8 on my SSD?
    I am not sure on that question. I kept my original USB installation and I use that for any problems. Another option is to make an Image of your existing installation and transfer that to the SSD.
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  8. #28


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by umairarif View Post
    Hi
    I am new user of win 8, I bought a lenovo laptop which has win 8 on it and is not activated. I want to install a SSD and do a clean install for win 8. I have previously done win 7 clean install. I have 2 questions. Is win8 clean install will be same as win7 clean install? Secondly in my previous laptop the win7 key was written on the microsoft sticker at the back of laptop but in this laptop there is no microsoft sticker at the back. So where would I get the win8 key?
    thats all.
    regards
    Hi Umair:

    First, you need to David Bailey's post and click on and save "ShowKey.vbs" to somewhere on your computer . . . the desktop would be a good place. Once it's on your desktop, click on it and it should show the product key to Windows 8.

    Since you want to do a clean install, go to this link and you will see how to save Windows 8 as an ISO. How to download and install the Windows 8.1 ISO -- using a Windows 8 or 8.1 key

    There are three versions of Windows 8: Core, Pro and Enterprise. Most likely you have Core, which is primarily for consumers. That's what came on my HP desktop.

    Hopefully, that site will get you going in the direction you wish.
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  9. #29


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by umairarif View Post
    Hi
    I am new user of win 8, I bought a lenovo laptop which has win 8 on it and is not activated. I want to install a SSD and do a clean install for win 8. I have previously done win 7 clean install. I have 2 questions. Is win8 clean install will be same as win7 clean install? Secondly in my previous laptop the win7 key was written on the microsoft sticker at the back of laptop but in this laptop there is no microsoft sticker at the back. So where would I get the win8 key?
    thats all.
    regards
    Hi Umair:

    First, you need to David Bailey's post and click on and save "ShowKey.vbs" to somewhere on your computer . . . the desktop would be a good place. Once it's on your desktop, click on it and it should show the product key to Windows 8.

    Since you want to do a clean install, go to this link and you will see how to save Windows 8 as an ISO. How to download and install the Windows 8.1 ISO -- using a Windows 8 or 8.1 key

    There are three versions of Windows 8: Core, Pro and Enterprise. Most likely you have Core, which is primarily for consumers. That's what came on my HP desktop.

    Hopefully, that site will get you going in the direction you wish.
    As far as I know you can't download an ISO from that link with an OEM key. The generic install keys are blocked too. Unless you have a valid Retail key your SOL. That's an issue a lot of forum members have found them selves in when wanting or having to do a clean install. I have tried to use my Recovery thumb drive to do a Reset to a new SSD and could not get it to work. All I got was "a required partition is missing" even after partitioning the drive. It was a hopeless waste of time. I'm not saying it can't be done, it just may end up being a complicated process and require some skill. I ran out of patience.
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  10. #30


    Posts : 12
    win 8


    thanks all, i have done wins 7 clean install and its fine, doing 8 clean install was a bit too much to me. Admin can you please mark this thread solved?
    kind regards
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