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RAID 0 and Windows 8/8.1 OEM

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    Windows 8.1

    RAID 0 and Windows 8/8.1 OEM


    So I recently just bought an SSD and it's installed in my ASUS G750JX laptop as the boot drive. I did a little research and found out about RAID 0. I did a bit of research and found out that if I set from AHCI to RAID 0, I'll have to reinstall Windows. Now here's the problem. My Windows copy is obviously OEM. Let's say I have set up the RAID 0 and I want to install Windows.

    - Is there any way I can use the same product key that came with my laptop to install Windows 8?
    - Where do I get the disc or iso for Windows 8/8.1 [Not the PRO version] that is legit? (I tried to Google for an ISO but all of them are for Windows 8.1 PRO

    See I would buy Windows 8 again but it costs $219 (Singapore dollars) and it's expensive as hell. Before you throw at me things like "Clone your OS to another HDD first", I want a fresh install.


    On a side note, I am running Windows 8.1[Not the Pro version]

    Anyways another question is does this work?


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    First thing first, what do you need RAID0 for ? With HDDs it makes sense because of speed at expense of reliability. With 2 SSDs brings you just bragging rights. Throwing away an SSD is just a waste if you ask me. As for OEM license, I don't think windows care if they are on Raid or not, license is tied to your BIOS, you can use any Win8 Iso with same version you have, any higher version you'll have to buy. I would also check if base version of Win can handle RAID at all, as it is pretty limited comparing to Pro.
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    First thing first, what do you need RAID0 for ? With HDDs it makes sense because of speed at expense of reliability. With 2 SSDs brings you just bragging rights. Throwing away an SSD is just a waste if you ask me. As for OEM license, I don't think windows care if they are on Raid or not, license is tied to your BIOS, you can use any Win8 Iso with same version you have, any higher version you'll have to buy. I would also check if base version of Win can handle RAID at all, as it is pretty limited comparing to Pro.
    So I have to buy the pro version... :/ Anyways can anyone provide me a link to the standard Windows 8/8.1 ISO? I still want to do a clean install...

    Edit: Found this torrent that supports OEM activation.
    Last edited by LeParkour012; 06 Jul 2014 at 07:17.
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