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    Rebuild on SSD


    Howdy Folks,

    I used to be fairly active on the W7 forums helping people, but since I'm now working with W8, it's time to ask for some help. Here's the situation:

    I bought myself a nice little Asus desktop with W8 preinstalled, and am fairly content with it (I avoid the tiles, but that's not here nor there). However, I'd like to reinstall W8 onto an SSD, and convert the sata disk to being purely data. I've limited experience delving into 8's licensing model, so that's where I need help. The desktop came with zero documentation or "here's your Window license. Don't lose it!" paperwork. A friend told me that I should be able to rebuild the machine on the SSD, and have it simply 'pickup' the license from the hardware? I don't buy that, so I thought I'd ask: is there a location in the registry I can pull it from, or a spot where it's referenced that's accessible?

    Alternatively, I did spot this guide on the 7 forums, which is a process I'm comfortable doing, if this would work for W8 as well as W7.

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    A friend told me that I should be able to rebuild the machine on the SSD, and have it simply 'pickup' the license from the hardware? I don't buy that
    That's correct, the license key is buried in the BIOS.

    is there a location in the registry I can pull it from, or a spot where it's referenced that's accessible?
    The location for the Activation info is stored in a hidden folder under:
    C:\Windows\System32\spp
    You can backup the whole folder to somewhere else

    To find out your Product Key: Product Key Viewer 1.4.7d - Windows 8

    I'd like to reinstall Windows 8 onto an SSD, and convert the sata disk to being purely data
    All you need to do is connect the new SSD to the USB Port then use an image backup software to clone your current Windows system to it then swap the drives.
    Macrium is good for this: Macrium Reflect Free
    User Guide: Macrium User Manual

    EDIT: You should clean up and defrag your current windows disk so it will consolidate all the free spaces before cloning.
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