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Hi, all I need some help finding a viable way to transfer Windows 8 from this laptop's HDD to the SSD that will be arriving soon.

     
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post #2 of 24
The recommended (and probably the easiest) way to do this is a clean install.
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post #3 of 24
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How? For one I don't have a copy of Windows 8 and I'm trying to avoid it as I'm buying a SSD in addition to the laptop and Windows 8 is expensive.

Anyone know any deals? The prices on newegg for a single user license are insane..

     
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post #4 of 24
An easy way would be to clone the drive. Try Acronis TrueImage.
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post #5 of 24
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Will that work? I wasn't sure it would.

     
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post #6 of 24
Why don't you save all your important data on another HDD and install windows 8 clean?
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post #7 of 24
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As I've said several times I don't have a copy of Windows 8, and if I were to buy one I'd want at least a three user license but it's so damn expensive for even a single user license that ugh.

     
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post #8 of 24
I don't understand what you need then. It seems unclear. Your laptop came with windows 8 installed? If so, couldn't you just download the same windows 8 version that is already installed on your laptop, install it on your new SSD and use the product key that came bundled with your laptop?
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post #9 of 24
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Will that work? I wasn't sure it would.
Yes, it works as long as you use it on the same hardware. I've done it plenty of times.
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post #10 of 24
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Anyone know if there is a way to grab the product number off the computer? They're censoring the first four digits when I look at it under Windows activation due to it being OEM

     
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