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win 8.1 (upgrade) migration to SSD

  1. #1


    Posts : 15
    windows 8.1

    win 8.1 (upgrade) migration to SSD


    Hello there, first let me explain to you the Situation

    im currently using asus a42ja as my main laptop, and installed EOM version of windows 7 on it.
    then i got an upgrade (from Microsoft store) to windows 8, a couple of months ago i upgraded
    to windows 8.1. Long story short, i got an SSD , and i wanted to clean install windows 8.1 on it.

    1. the windows update advisor for windows 8.1 wont receive the product key that i currently have (win 8 upgrade) does that mean i cant do clean installation?? or should i install win 8 and do upgrade manually (which is a pain)??

    2. lets say i will do clean intall win 8 on the ssd, will my upgrade key works? will i encounter a problem with the activation process?

    3. other option is to reset my win 8.1 and clone the fresh copy to the ssd , but i never done this before , only refresh, and if im resetting my computer, do i need to re activate the windows? (and will my product key works?)

    4. the last and least preferred option : do windows refresh and clone the system drive to ssd.


    is there some utility to backup the windows activation?all i wanted to do is do a clean install of windows 8.1 (and activate it) on the new drive.


    sorry for bombing this tread with a noob question hopefully one of you can help me to solve this problem

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Any of these will work.

    1. You can clean install 8.1 and use generic key to install and Win 8 upgrade key to activate (I did this).
    2. Yes it will (I did that as well)
    3. Probably you'll not need to re-activate.
    4. Not sure why you'd want to do that.

    You may want to check this thread Clean Install - Windows 8
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  3. #3


    As adam said...

    Also an FYI - your licencing info is kept in a folder called SPP in the system directory (may be hidden)

    NB. to replace on the new install you will have to stop the spp service first and restart after copying the folder across.

    Good luck with the new install.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 15
    windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Any of these will work.

    1. You can clean install 8.1 and use generic key to install and Win 8 upgrade key to activate (I did this).
    2. Yes it will (I did that as well)
    3. Probably you'll not need to re-activate.
    4. Not sure why you'd want to do that.

    You may want to check this thread Clean Install - Windows 8
    thanks for the answer, ill do option 1 then, and can you tell me how can i download win 8.1 pro ISO (system image) file?
    ive already tried the upgrade assistant but it wont let me download the windows installer onto my computer.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    This worked for me: How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

    Start downloading the 8.0 ISO using your upgrade key, then cancel it as soon as the download starts and you can then download the 8.1 ISO.

    Good luck
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  6. #6


    Posts : 15
    windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    As adam said...

    Also an FYI - your licencing info is kept in a folder called SPP in the system directory (may be hidden)

    NB. to replace on the new install you will have to stop the spp service first and restart after copying the folder across.

    Good luck with the new install.

    thanks for the tips, will try it today
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  7. #7


    Posts : 15
    windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    This worked for me: How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

    Start downloading the 8.0 ISO using your upgrade key, then cancel it as soon as the download starts and you can then download the 8.1 ISO.

    Good luck
    ok, ill try to do that, hopefully this clean install will heal the occasional BSOD -,-a

    cheers mate
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