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umairarif

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Hi
I am new user of win 8, I bought a lenovo laptop which has win 8 on it and is not activated. I want to install a SSD and do a clean install for win 8. I have previously done win 7 clean install. I have 2 questions. Is win8 clean install will be same as win7 clean install? Secondly in my previous laptop the win7 key was written on the microsoft sticker at the back of laptop but in this laptop there is no microsoft sticker at the back. So where would I get the win8 key?
thats all.
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pparks1

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The key it's embedded in the Bios, you don't even need to enter it during the install. It will find it automatically.
 

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I think the Windows 8 in your new laptop is activated (genuine), check it out properly, since Lenevo always provides you with genuine version.

How do you say it's not activated?
 

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umairarif

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hi again
I am trying to install SSD on my laptop and want to do a clean install of win 8 on the SSD. For that I think I will have to download win8 and transfer to a usb. now when I try to download it asks me to provide the Key. So where would I get this key from?
 

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hi again
I am trying to install SSD on my laptop and want to do a clean install of win 8 on the SSD. For that I think I will have to download win8 and transfer to a usb. now when I try to download it asks me to provide the Key. So where would I get this key from?
If it's asking you for a key to install, that means that the ISO that you downloaded doesn't match the version that you are trying to install. For example, if you have a Windows 8 Enterprise ISO, it cannot use the Windows 8 Standard (or Professional) key that is embedded in your BIOS.

If it's asking you for a key to download, what site are you at? I'm not aware of a site where you can just download a copy of Windows 8.
 

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umairarif

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i dont understand at all. I believe the win 8 that came in this lenovo is a genuine. only need to do a clean install on my new ssd. is it possible?
 

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I believe the win 8 that came in this lenovo is a genuine. only need to do a clean install on my new ssd. is it possible?
Yes, I'm sure the copy that came with the unit is genuine

It is possible to clean install to a new hard drive. The trick is obtaining the install media. Most vendors only include a system recovery tool that puts the machine back the way that it came from the factory. With my Dells that I bought for work, there was an option to purchase the genuine reinstall media for just the OS, so I have obtained Windows 8 for my Dell OEM's from Dell.

For other machines that I have in my office that came with Windows 8 embedded (some Acer all in ones, and some Dell XPS 18's), I've used my copy of Windows that I have access to through my MSDN subscription.
 

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Yes you can do a clean install, I've done it on my ASUS laptop that came with 8.0 Core. My TechNet 8.0 ISO read and used the embedded OEM key automatically and installed 8.0 Core. I wasn't prompted to enter a product code. You can also clean install 8.1 and activate with your 8.0 key. You have to use a generic 8.1 key to install with and then change key and activate with your 8.0 key.
http://www.eightforums.com/installa...retail-windows-8-1-windows-8-product-key.html
Like pparks1 said, the hard part is getting the install media.
 

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umairarif

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is it possible to do a win7 clean install on this laptop which came with win8 oem and the product key is written in the BIOS? wondering if I install win7 on this machine it will not let me.
 

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The OEM Recovery disk set will restore the PC to factory condition. It will be like it was the first time you turned it on.

You could clean install Windows 7. You may need to find drivers for some of your hardware. Windows 7 won't use your embedded Windows 8 code so you'll need a legal Windows 7 Product code for it.
 

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Hi
I am new user of win 8, I bought a lenovo laptop which has win 8 on it and is not activated. I want to install a SSD and do a clean install for win 8. I have previously done win 7 clean install. I have 2 questions. Is win8 clean install will be same as win7 clean install? Secondly in my previous laptop the win7 key was written on the microsoft sticker at the back of laptop but in this laptop there is no microsoft sticker at the back. So where would I get the win8 key?
thats all.
regards
Here is a how to from another forum thread.

http://www.eightforums.com/installation-setup/44723-reset-win-8-1-update-1-win-8-upgrade-product-key-iso.html


Download ISO here. Use the GENERIC code from the other post (message #3) to start the download.

Upgrading Windows with only a product key - Microsoft Windows Help
 

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umairarif

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i am sorry if i have not been able to explain what i am trying to do. so again, i bought lenovo that came with win 8, i now want to install a SSD and of course win 8 on this SSD. what are my options?
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edit:

How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key. -> link
 
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