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So do laptops not come with the OS preinstalled? Do they provide media or download? And how would I backup the drivers?

I don't think anyone sells a laptop without an OS installed. If it's a used one, you'll probably want to wipe it though.
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Speed, heat, weight, power, and just overall better were my thoughts. But you may be right that it isn't worth it. She is not "pursuing performance" like we are. Anyone else have opinions on this. I was looking at a sub $100 SSD. She wont use more than about 64GB.

The small SSD are pretty cheap now, and pretty much anyone would notice the computer being much "snappier". I would say a SSD is the one thing the average person would notice as an upgrade, since they probably aren't using more then 25% CPU ever.
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Hopefully "windows 9" or whatever will have the speed and simplicity of 8, but with the ease of use and productivity of 7. And hopefully better looking. Man W8 is UGLY!

Ease of use and productivity is already in windows 8, you just have to get used to it being different. I don't think Microsoft is going to backtrack much for W9. I had the same problem with the new start menu that came with XP... I set that to classic mode first thing. Years later I stopped bothering and just used the new one... admittedly it would have been easier if I had just started using the new one from the start.
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I don't think anyone sells a laptop without an OS installed.

OK, so what happens if/when you need to do a clean install of your OS? Do you have a driver disc, OS media, activation key?


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The small SSD are pretty cheap now, and pretty much anyone would notice the computer being much "snappier". I would say a SSD is the one thing the average person would notice as an upgrade, since they probably aren't using more then 25% CPU ever.

I will probably end up doing this.



REP+ to all who have helped so far!
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New laptops don't generally come with install discs anymore, but require you to make backup dvd's prior to any use. The windows code is usually found on the bottom.
     
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New laptops don't generally come with install discs anymore, but require you to make backup dvd's prior to any use. The windows code is usually found on the bottom.

So I should be able to use the code on the bottom of the laptop with a legit Windows 8 download I can find online if needed? The reason I am asking is because as stated above, I will be putting an SSD in it almost immediately, and I don't want to run in to any problems with Microsoft activation.

Will I need to somehow disable or deactivate the copy of Window 8 that is already on the HDD?
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So I should be able to use the code on the bottom of the laptop with a legit Windows 8 download I can find online if needed? The reason I am asking is because as stated above, I will be putting an SSD in it almost immediately, and I don't want to run in to any problems with Microsoft activation.

Will I need to somehow disable or deactivate the copy of Window 8 that is already on the HDD?

They aren't allowed to sell computers with windows if it doesn't have the windows sticker. They typically put it on the bottom, but sometimes it's under the battery.

The windows key will work on any windows disk, provided it's a similar version. Microsoft has been getting better about having one disk do it all, but I'd still try to get a "windows 8 pro" disk or whatever the key is for. You don't need to deactivate the old copy, but it isn't a bad idea to wipe the drive before you take it out.
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Funny thing, just an FYI, with my sig computer I installed win 8 before watercooling, then changed out the mobo while putting the cooling together. Plugged everything in, fired right up, all good. Added another SSD and created a hardware raid 0 which wipes the previous install of win 8. Reinstalled win 8 and tried to activate it but it wouldn't take ( i purchased an OEM version also, not retail). All I had to do to correct it was call the provided #, go through a series of automated directions and Microsoft spit out a new code for me. This is the 2nd time ever that I had to call them to activate windows, both times they were great about it. I can say move forward without worries, on a new SSD.
     
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Funny thing, just an FYI, with my sig computer I installed win 8 before watercooling, then changed out the mobo while putting the cooling together. Plugged everything in, fired right up, all good. Added another SSD and created a hardware raid 0 which wipes the previous install of win 8. Reinstalled win 8 and tried to activate it but it wouldn't take ( i purchased an OEM version also, not retail). All I had to do to correct it was call the provided #, go through a series of automated directions and Microsoft spit out a new code for me. This is the 2nd time ever that I had to call them to activate windows, both times they were great about it. I can say move forward without worries, on a new SSD.

I've never heard of Microsoft denying the unlock code, even when people use OEM copies on completely different PC's and stuff like that.
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post #28 of 54
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Yeah I have had to call them every time with mine, I got a student discount from digital river for 7 Pro, but for some reason it was an upgrade code and not a full key, but they activate it every time.
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Ok I have pretty much decided, but there are 4 similar models to choose from. Take a look at them HERE. Would you choose any of these over the others, and if so what reason? See above post s for laptop needs/uses.
Edited by Jolly Roger - 3/31/13 at 2:40pm
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Go with the quad. The extra cores should extend the life a bit. Could prolly even manage to play something around the lines of Torchlight 2
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