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Dsprague

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So fun situation I find myself in, I purchased an SSD to install in my laptop (my laptop supports 2 hard drives). The laptop came preinstalled with windows 8, I do have back up images of my current set up, but the hard drive that I am currently using is much larger and has much more data than the ssd can hold on it so I can not install windows 8 using that image. I tried following this tutorial: http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/18309-windows-8-upgrade-iso-download-create.html but when I get to the step where you enter your product code it states that my product code can not be used to download the iso file I need to do a clean install. not entirely sure how to proceed without purchasing a product key from Microsoft which I would rather not do. And before any one asks or suggests it I can not find a way to get the media I need from the system manufacturer.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire V3-771G-9809
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-3632QM 2.2GHz
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
    Hard Drives
    1Tb
    Mouse
    Razer Deathadder
    Internet Speed
    54mbps

theog

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  • OS
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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    PC/Desktop
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    Notebooks x 3

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4

Dsprague

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That link appears to be broken, and it wasn't an up grade it came pre-installed on the laptop when I purchased it I simply wish to install windows 8 on a new SSD and use the old hard drive as a data drive, but I can not find a windows 8 iso any where without having to pay for the same operating system I already have again.
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire V3-771G-9809
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-3632QM 2.2GHz
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
    Hard Drives
    1Tb
    Mouse
    Razer Deathadder
    Internet Speed
    54mbps

Hopachi

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Backup the whole disk first to an external data drive, just in case.

For a clean install you don't need upgrade ISO since the same key from the OEM will be used again: If I'm correct, you want to replace the system, with C:drive, from the HDD to the SSD but keep any data partitions (if available) in the HDD.

There are many possibilities and some backup programs available.

If you use the built-in Win7 recovery mode:
You will need to make a backup image of the system without any data partitions (there are a few small partitions in begin of the disk to take along, with UEFI one or two extra partitions too) but try to shrink the one containing Windows down to a size that fits on the SSD. Then reboot and restore to the new disk.

Now it can get a little rough with this solution,
One problem: the boot files from the first disk need to be deleted.... It would be better to switch positions of the laptop drives after you've backuped all up (or tell the BIOS to boot from the second disk if possible) that way the system won't have issues at boot because the same exact settings apply from before the backup.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 x64
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    Laptop
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    HP Envy DV6 7250
    CPU
    Intel i7-3630QM
    Motherboard
    HP, Intel HM77 Express Chipset
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD4000 + Nvidia Geforce 630M
    Sound Card
    IDT HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6' built-in + Samsung S22D300 + 17.3' LG Phillips
    Screen Resolution
    multiple resolutions
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 250GB + Hitachi HDD 750GB
    PSU
    120W adapter
    Case
    small
    Cooling
    laptop cooling pad
    Keyboard
    Backlit built-in + big one in USB
    Mouse
    SteelSeries Sensei
    Internet Speed
    slow and steady
    Browser
    Chromium, Pale Moon, Firefox Developer Edition
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    That's basically it.
If you are going to do a clean install anyway, just do a system recovery and bring your computer back to factory settings. But backup your files as the drive will be wiped out and do a factory install. This will shrink your drive back and make a clone of it on your SSD. Do this as your last resort if you can't find a way to download a clean image.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Win 8 (64) : Win 7 (64) : Vista (64) : Android JB 4.2 : iOS 6
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
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    Acer AX Series & HP i-5 2400s
    Screen Resolution
    Main PC - 2x Sony PS3 3D LED Displays + 1x 22" Philips; HTPC - 47" HDTV w/ 17" LCD secondary display
    Hard Drives
    Internal- 1TB on each system; 1x120GB SSD on main PC
    External (network attached)- 1x2TB Seagate backup; 1x1TB ext. storage; 1x500GB,
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    http://tinyurl.com/br4uxrk

    http://tinyurl.com/cwj93pj

znod

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So fun situation I find myself in, I purchased an SSD to install in my laptop (my laptop supports 2 hard drives). The laptop came preinstalled with windows 8, I do have back up images of my current set up, but the hard drive that I am currently using is much larger and has much more data than the ssd can hold on it so I can not install windows 8 using that image. I tried following this tutorial: http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/18309-windows-8-upgrade-iso-download-create.html but when I get to the step where you enter your product code it states that my product code can not be used to download the iso file I need to do a clean install. not entirely sure how to proceed without purchasing a product key from Microsoft which I would rather not do. And before any one asks or suggests it I can not find a way to get the media I need from the system manufacturer.
FYI, see this thread. Some of what is covered will not be pertinent to you at this point, and ignore the later part of the thread where personal computer issues are discussed (but do see post #16).

Why not backup your data off computer (mentioned above)? Then, restore to factory fresh. Of course, the install would still contain the bloatware (but would be clean otherwise). After returning to factory fresh, you could use:

Attributed to theog: How to Migrate OS to New Hard Disk of the Same or Different Size (works for SSD’s also)

Clone via Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12 (And, see Paragon 12 now supports Windows 8.)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    DIY Rig; MacBook Pro (MBP)/Parallels/Boot Camp; HP Pavilion dv6500t Laptop
    CPU
    Intel i7-2600K (sometimes OC'd to 4.8 GHz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Rev B3
    Memory
    16 GB Corsair Vengeance
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 570 SC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Gateway
    Hard Drives
    Dual Boot:
    Win7 Ult RAID 0 on OCZ Revo x2 and
    Win7 Ult RAID 0 on Caviar Black SATA 3's
    PSU
    Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000W
    Case
    Cooler Master 932 HAF
    Cooling
    Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500
    Mouse
    Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500
    Internet Speed
    20 Mbps Download/2+ Mbps Upload
    Other Info
    Pioneer Blu-ray Burner/DVD Burner

fillup

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So fun situation I find myself in, I purchased an SSD to install in my laptop (my laptop supports 2 hard drives). The laptop came preinstalled with windows 8, I do have back up images of my current set up, but the hard drive that I am currently using is much larger and has much more data than the ssd can hold on it so I can not install windows 8 using that image. I tried following this tutorial: http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/18309-windows-8-upgrade-iso-download-create.html but when I get to the step where you enter your product code it states that my product code can not be used to download the iso file I need to do a clean install. not entirely sure how to proceed without purchasing a product key from Microsoft which I would rather not do. And before any one asks or suggests it I can not find a way to get the media I need from the system manufacturer.



I have the exact same laptop as you ... Acer Aspire V3-771G-9809. I just added a second hard drive yesterday. I was able to do a clean install of Windows 8 to the new hard drive by downloading this Windows 8 ISO ---> en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso. Just do a Google search for it, shouldn't be too difficult to find. Before you can install, you will need to go into the BIOS and change from UEFI to Legacy mode and change the boot order to boot from the CD first.

On our Acer laptops, the CD KEY is imbedded in the BIOS. When I used the Windows 8 CD made from the ISO above, the CD KEY was automatically entered for me and the correct version of Windows installed....which in my case was the Core edition. The cd also contains the Pro edition, so if your laptop came pre-installed with Pro, it should install that version instead.

The only drivers I had to install myself was the one for the media card reader and the wireless lan driver, which you can download off Acer's website --> Acer | Download. All the other drivers were installed after running a Windows update. I now have a fully activated Windows 8 without all the junk that comes preinstalled from Acer.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit - Windows 8 64bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Laptop: Acer Aspire V3-771G-9809
    CPU
    Intel Xeon 3110 3.0Ghz @ 3.6Ghz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte EX38-DS4
    Memory
    8GB G. Skill PC2-8500
    Graphics Card(s)
    PALiT GeForce 9600 GT PCI Express 2.0
    Sound Card
    OnBoard - Realtek ALC889A High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 24" LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS - 300GB | Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS - 750GB | LaCie d2Next-Quadra external - 1TB
    PSU
    Corsair HS620W
    Case
    Lian Li PC-V1100b Plus II
    Cooling
    Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    SLOW - HughesNet Satellite Internet - SUCKS!
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