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can i install windows 8 on my laptop with windows 7 key

  1. #11


    Posts : 8
    windows 7/8


    soo you're asking me to desolder the ssd from the motherboard...

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  2. #12


    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 573
    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


    No, that would not be a good idea, if you removed the SSD assembly the motherboard would also need to be modified extensively

    Unfortunately the vast majority of laptops & other portable devices are not really suitable for anything more than minor upgrades. they tend to use bespoke components which are not designed for user replacement. this is I suppose a price paid to allow the convenient package that is portable.

    There was a time that even certain desktop systems would use custom components - Dell used to fit a specialist PSU to a lot of their systems which meant that you could not just replace it with a stock item, but had to source from Dell

    Although there is some modular construction of Laptops, they are generally designed as a consumable item, similar to a TV or Wahing Machine, and thus have a usable life, and are not designed to be upgraded like a Desktop PC .
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  3. #13


    Posts : 8
    windows 7/8


    okay this is where the SSD is:

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  4. #14


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


    There should be a program/utility you install to let you use that small SSD as a cache drive. It will be listed in the downloads for your model laptop. Once you install and setup that utility the cache drive will do its thing in the background without you even being aware it is there.
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  5. #15


    You install the OS like normal, you then install the driver support to do the caching. It then moves the OS files that it needs for fast access to the SSD. You don't access the SSD directly.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 8
    windows 7/8


    well the cache utility takes up a whole gigabyte of my ram.. maybe even more.. and P.S. it's not listed in the drivers download section
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  7. #17


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


    If you don't want to use don't use it. That wasn't meant as a smart-aleck remark by the way. Is it actually soldered to the board or plugged into something like a mini PCIe slot. If it's in a slot you could just unplug it if your not going to use it. Another option is to delete all partitions on it and not partition it. Or just remove the drive letter and it will be hidden.If it doesn't have drive letter it won't show up in My PC etc. It's too small IMHO to run the OS from. I'd just replace the other hard drive with a full sized SSD.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 3
    win 8


    no way.Keys are related to the Version of windows.



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