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Win 8 install on SSD connected to mSATA 7 pin adapter


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I ordered a Dell XPS 8500 Special Edition desktop with a 64bit Windows 7 Ultimate OS installed on a 500GB Samsung 840 SSD and a 3TB HDD for videos/music/documents/etc. I want to install Windows 8 so that it will be a dual boot system along with Windows 7. Each OS will be on a separate SSD. I have an empty mSATA port. So, I've ordered a mSATA to 7 pin adapter like above to connect a 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD to and to install Windows 8 on it. I understand that this mSATA connector should make the 256GB SSD bootable.

The desktop comes with an OEM Windows 8 installation disk. I have a Windows 8 Pro upgrade disk. What would happen if I had to install Windows 8 a second time on the same SSD on the same desktop? I've read that the 8 Pro upgrade deletes the original OEM serial number. How would I install Win 8 again if I would need to for some reason? Would I have to purchase another edition of Win 8?

With the 3TB HDD, I would like to partition it so that both Win 7 and Win 8 can use it, but on separate partitions. How would I do this? Would it be like any partition? GTP?

Thank you for your help on this. I'm not well versed in computerology. I am a 61 year old rookie, so to speak. :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell XPS 8500 Special Edition
    CPU
    i7-3770
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX 660
    Hard Drives
    500GB Samsung 840 SSD,
    3TB Seagate 5400 RPM HDD
    Antivirus
    Norton 360 Premier
    Other Info
    256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD
    64bit Windows 8 Pro (dual boot)
    ------------------------------------------------------------------
    Laptop,
    Dell 17R Inspiron N7110,
    64bit Windows 7 Ultimate,
    i5-2450M,
    8GB,
    512GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD OS,
    1TB Seagate 5400 RPM HDD,
    Norton 360 Premier

theog

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I ordered a Dell XPS 8500 Special Edition desktop with a 64bit Windows 7 Ultimate OS installed on
The desktop comes with an OEM Windows 8 installation disk.
You can only install one of the OS's (windows 7 or 8)

I have a Windows 8 Pro upgrade disk.
If you install Windows 7, You can upgrade your Windows 7 x64 with the Windows 8 upgrade, but to dual boot you will need the full version.

Upgrade to Windows 8 - Microsoft Windows

Microsoft said:
Purchasing a full version of Windows 8


If you want to build your own PC and install Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, or want an additional operating system running in either a local virtual machine or separate partition (including a Mac), you can purchase the Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro System Builder products (OEM versions). If available in your country or region, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro System Builder products can be purchased at participating stores, you'll need to ask a sales rep for more info. This version doesn't include customer support.
 

My Computer

System One

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

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4

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I ordered a Dell XPS 8500 Special Edition desktop with a 64bit Windows 7 Ultimate OS installed on
The desktop comes with an OEM Windows 8 installation disk.
You can only install one of the OS's (windows 7 or 8)
The computer will have 3 drives of which two are SSDs. One SSD has Win 7 already installed.

I was hoping to install Win 8 on the other SSD with the OEM Win 8 disk. Then upgrade to Win 8 Pro.

I have a Windows 8 Pro upgrade disk.
If you install Windows 7, You can upgrade your Windows 7 x64 with the Windows 8 upgrade, but to dual boot you will need the full version.

Upgrade to Windows 8 - Microsoft Windows

Microsoft said:
Purchasing a full version of Windows 8


If you want to build your own PC and install Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, or want an additional operating system running in either a local virtual machine or separate partition (including a Mac), you can purchase the Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro System Builder products (OEM versions). If available in your country or region, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro System Builder products can be purchased at participating stores, you'll need to ask a sales rep for more info. This version doesn't include customer support.
I don't want to upgrade Win 7 with the Win 8 Pro.

I was going to use the OEM Win 8 for installation and then upgrade to Pro with my Win 8 Pro installation disk. This way Win 7 will be on one SSD and Win 8 Pro on the other SSD. You are saying that this won't work, right?

So, I'll have to purchase the full version of either Win 8 or Win 8 Pro to have a dual boot system, correct?

EDIT: If I want Windows 8 Pro with the media center, I'll need the following, correct? The disks that I have are no good, right?
Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) OEM: Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - Newegg.com
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Pack: Windows 8 Pro Pack - Microsoft Store
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell XPS 8500 Special Edition
    CPU
    i7-3770
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX 660
    Hard Drives
    500GB Samsung 840 SSD,
    3TB Seagate 5400 RPM HDD
    Antivirus
    Norton 360 Premier
    Other Info
    256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD
    64bit Windows 8 Pro (dual boot)
    ------------------------------------------------------------------
    Laptop,
    Dell 17R Inspiron N7110,
    64bit Windows 7 Ultimate,
    i5-2450M,
    8GB,
    512GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD OS,
    1TB Seagate 5400 RPM HDD,
    Norton 360 Premier

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I don't want to upgrade Win 7 with the Win 8 Pro.

I was going to use the OEM Win 8 for installation and then upgrade to Pro with my Win 8 Pro installation disk. This way Win 7 will be on one SSD and Win 8 Pro on the other SSD. You are saying that this won't work, right?

So, I'll have to purchase the full version of either Win 8 or Win 8 Pro to have a dual boot system, correct?

EDIT: If I want Windows 8 Pro with the media center, I'll need the following, correct? The disks that I have are no good, right?
Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) OEM: Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - Newegg.com
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Pack: Windows 8 Pro Pack - Microsoft Store
Using the Dell Windows 7, & purchase the full version of Windows 8. YES.


or
Use the Dell Windows 8, & purchase the full version of Windows 7.

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - Newegg.com
 

My Computer

System One

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

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4

LeftC

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I don't want to upgrade Win 7 with the Win 8 Pro.

I was going to use the OEM Win 8 for installation and then upgrade to Pro with my Win 8 Pro installation disk. This way Win 7 will be on one SSD and Win 8 Pro on the other SSD. You are saying that this won't work, right?

So, I'll have to purchase the full version of either Win 8 or Win 8 Pro to have a dual boot system, correct?

EDIT: If I want Windows 8 Pro with the media center, I'll need the following, correct? The disks that I have are no good, right?
Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) OEM: Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - Newegg.com
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Pack: Windows 8 Pro Pack - Microsoft Store
Using the Dell Windows 7, & purchase the full version of Windows 8. YES.


or
Use the Dell Windows 8, & purchase the full version of Windows 7.

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - Newegg.com
64 bit Win 7 Ultimate is already installed on one SSD. I don't need to purchase 64bit Win 7 ultimate again. Why are you suggesting this?

I want to install Windows 8 Pro on the other SSD. I have an OEM Windows 8 install disk and a Windows 8 Pro Upgrade disk. This should be all I need, correct?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell XPS 8500 Special Edition
    CPU
    i7-3770
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX 660
    Hard Drives
    500GB Samsung 840 SSD,
    3TB Seagate 5400 RPM HDD
    Antivirus
    Norton 360 Premier
    Other Info
    256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD
    64bit Windows 8 Pro (dual boot)
    ------------------------------------------------------------------
    Laptop,
    Dell 17R Inspiron N7110,
    64bit Windows 7 Ultimate,
    i5-2450M,
    8GB,
    512GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD OS,
    1TB Seagate 5400 RPM HDD,
    Norton 360 Premier