External hard drives are great for this, then you will have no issues. All the questions have been covered above by these amazing folks, however some additional information for question 1. It is part of the Win8 quick boot feature, but with an ssd, it is not needed to be honest. A Windows product key is a character code used to activate Windows. You can also use the Reset and Refresh options to do the equivalent of a clean install of Windows, with or without your data files. If you buy a computer with Windows pre-installed, you can find the serial. I will be replacing the hard drive before ever booting, unless that is not possible for some reason.
Will you be able to assist me with acquiring my product key for Windows 8. My knowledge of the world of computers is limited so any help you can give me on this matter will be greatly appreciated. That is one of the reasons the TechNet Subscription concept got axed. Take a recent Toshiba I worked on, one from the P558 line. Doing that before you let the system go online to find Windows Updates, Service Packs, etc.
We just need to activate Windows through the telephone. I planned on buying a used asus hard drive with windows 8 already on it. Hi Guys Thank you for all your suggestions and feedback. When this happens, you'll need to contact Microsoft to explain the situation and fully activate. Posted drivers are for Windows 10 and 7 only so you will have to dig around for 8.
I obviously didn't understand until you pointed this out. If a problem occurs during the upgrade process, you can use recovery discs to return your computer back to its original software configuration. I've only done it a couple times so I don't know if it was a fluke or if it works universally but it did for me. It might be necessary in the event of a reinstall. Microsoft did this in conjunction with the major manufacturers primarily because of Laptops and the many real world situations where the key codes becomes unreadable. Thanks in advance for assistance in locating my product key.
So you don't need to enter in the key code anymore. You cant use any key win 10 handles keys very differently Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag. It will have a brand new hard drive. If prompted, Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer? If a hard drive crashes, you can replace the drive and reinstall Windows 8 using the same product key. So, I am not able to understand why it works sometimes and doesn't work most of times. To create your personal set of recovery discs, see.
That included removing all existing partitions to reformat the hard drive from scratch. I wasn't sure if this was an upgrade to Pro or not, but in any case, the product key is necessary to proceed. G-man87 wrote:But when I click to Activate Windows, it comes up with an error saying something like you don't have a digital license and you need to enter a Digital license. I'm not sure what the deal with that is. Can anyone please advise if I am missing something, or anything I am doing wrong. Generally, you would not use a system builder image if your machine is already licensed.
Activation is a required step after the initial boot of the newly imaged machine. A blacklisted key is essentially useless. I screwed up somewhere down the line and it ended up not working. If not, do not ask for help here as we can't provide it. I already have an extra 320gb hdd and windows 8 is already installed. I now want to do a fresh install of Windows on my laptop as it has become sluggish.
Then, we click on Call support. Generic install disks will also work. This process will prevent the activation mechanism from detecting that the same product key is in use on more than one computer. To save space before the copy, I recommend turning off hibernate and reducing or disabling the page file just to make the clone faster. You can use Microsoft Backup and Restore Center or Microsoft Windows Easy Transfer to back up your Windows files and transfer them to Windows 8. So just wanted to be clear about it.
It wasn't quit the answer I was looking for. I really couldn't figure out the exact issue with it. The only issue with the recover disks is they end up making a recover partition. As I don't have a Windows 10 product key, can I use the Windows 8. After windows finish installing, it comes up as not activated.