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System Imaging Windows 8.1 (OEM product key) to New SSD

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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    System Imaging Windows 8.1 (OEM product key) to New SSD


    I posted a thread a couple days ago, which pertained to backup and restore of system images.

    I received insightful help from users of this forum, giving me their knowledge of the intricacies of Windows 8.1/Windows 8 and backup software that works well with UEFI and GPT disks.

    I just have another question which related to the last thread, then I think I will be able to sleep.

    Can you system image a drive that has Win 8.1 (OEM) onto a new SSD, and not have your sheer will destroyed by the OS not being activated after the image has been applied to new SSD?

    I would hope that once the image has been applied to the new drive, the magic within Win 8.1 would realise I am using the same motherboard, but it's just a different drive. Infact, I'm keeping the original 2TB drive in the exact same slot, but of course formatting it once I can get the SSD to boot. (I'm installing the SSD into my Acer's expansion SATA 3 bay on the front of the case - hot swappable technology or something)

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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    You should not have any problem restoring the image to the new SSD as long as it will be running in the same PC then activation is fine.

    FYI, The activation info is actually stored in one single hidden folder in: C:\Windows\System32\spp
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Brilliant. Many thanks for that.

    This forum is great/
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    Posts : 53
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Will post back results when I receive new SSD, and let other users in the same situation have some insights.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Guys, just wanted to post back - my corsair neutron gtx @ 240 gigs arrived today. I cloned my windows drive with specific partitions including efi, recovery, ''unformatted partition'' which was 128MB in size (some MS partition that only Macrium showed...it wasn't in disk management or acronis) and finally push button reset. I cloned it using Macrium's bootable Win PE disk (just incase the clone couldnt access files within windows etc)

    Worked like a charm! Suited and booted - and after running the WIE command I'm upto 8.1 on the index!

    Use Macrium for all your Win 8.1 cloning needs I'd advise, as Acronis for example, does not clone GPT disks.

    I don't suppose if any IT pros would know; I've formatted and deleted everything off my prior drive apart from the EFI/ESP partition, as no software is letting me do it. I've already now got that partition on my SSD, and I presume my UEFI is selecting the bootloader from the SSD, as opposed to my prior drive (I set the hard disk sub preference to the SSD) - reckon I should just leave it and be content?

    Thanks,
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System Imaging Windows 8.1 (OEM product key) to New SSD
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