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    Default Re: how to install win 8 pro oem on a new ssd

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    I checked Office Depot online and found 3 versions of windows 8 pro at Office Depot - Windows 8 Pro
    Two of the offerings are clearly marked as upgrade versions and the "Traditional Disk" version specifications say that it is the full version.
    All three currently have the same price: $69.99
    exactly what i saw online. i figured it out. i will keep the ssd as the c drive. no reason to not have it as the c drive. i also called microsoft tech support after the customer support telling me that only Dell and one other firm offer the full version. Not exactly correct so i called microsoft tech support. they had me type in something to get the the activation code screen and gave me a one time generated activation code which worked. if and when i change the mobo/processor i will need to go thru this again which is no big deal so long as the product key is valid. i see product keys from various sites and ebay and i'm not going that route. now i will format my old c drive and go from there. i'll keep this post going with updates in case anyone else comes across these issues. this is the only way we learn
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    Thumbs up Re: how to install win 8 pro oem on a new ssd

    Unlike the retail version, the OEM version is "tied" to only one system and can't be "moved" to another system in the future.
    With the OEM version, making some hardware changes will require you to contact Microsoft to reactivate windows.
    If your motherboard dies and you replace it with the exact same model, you'll probably have to contact them and reactivate.

    The above information is a general summary.

    For more information, do a web search using windows oem vs retail and see what detailed information is available from "good" web sites, such as answers.microsoft.com, sevenforums.com or w7forums.com. Keep in mind that there are probably some changes to the EULA for windows 8.
    Lsdme, our Gigabyte guru posted a while ago that Microsoft is quite good about letting you reactivate windows with hardware changes, but the OEM version probably isn't the way to go if you frequently change hardware in your system.

    Check to see if your system will benefit from running with 8GB of memory when using Photoshop.
    To buy 4 x 2GB of high quality DDR2 1066MHz (5-5-5-15) memory will probably cost about $120 - $150 or more.
    DDR2 800MHz memory with 4-4-4-12 timings will be virtually the same price.
    You can probably sell your 4 x 1GB Ballistix memory for a decent price.

    My 8GB of Kingston HyperX 1066MHz DDR2 memory has been excellent and I'm able to run it at 876MHz with 4-4-4-10 timings. YMMV.
    I have the T1 model with the 60mm tall heat spreaders and they also sell similar HyperX memory with standard height heat spreaders.
    Click on the Kingston HyperX link in my signature for their pdf poop sheet.

    Let us know about any driver or other issues with win8 and how win8 compares with win7.
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    Default Re: how to install win 8 pro oem on a new ssd

    Well now I have 2 other issues. I tried to format my old c drive and the format failed so now I don't see it in my computer but I see it in disk management but I can't get the format option. I have 8 gb of ram but only see 4. that i'll figure out later. this hard drive issue is driving me nuts
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    Default Re: how to install win 8 pro oem on a new ssd

    What are the sata port names that you are using?
    Your boot drive should be attached to the sata2_0 port.
    Any optical drives should be attached to the Gsata ports, Gsata2_0 or Gsata2_1.
    All attached hard drives should NOT use the Gsata2 ports, as their performance will be less.

    Is AHCI mode enabled in the bios?
    What status and information is reported in windows Disk Management for the win7 boot drive?
    Double check that both cables are fully seated and try different sata2 ports and/or cables.

    If none of this helps, disconnect your ssd and boot from your former win7 boot drive, where you can perform error checking and possibly run the manufacturer's disk diagnostic program to check for problems.
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    Default Re: how to install win 8 pro oem on a new ssd

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    What are the sata port names that you are using?
    Your boot drive should be attached to the sata2_0 port.
    Any optical drives should be attached to the Gsata ports, Gsata2_0 or Gsata2_1.
    All attached hard drives should NOT use the Gsata2 ports, as their performance will be less.

    Is AHCI mode enabled in the bios?
    What status and information is reported in windows Disk Management for the win7 boot drive?
    Double check that both cables are fully seated and try different sata2 ports and/or cables.

    If none of this helps, disconnect your ssd and boot from your former win7 boot drive, where you can perform error checking and possibly run the manufacturer's disk diagnostic program to check for problems.
    i can't boot from the win 7 drive because it has been formatted. i'm going to try to form thru the cmd prompt but the system isn't seeing the dive letter so this may not work. according to the bios ssd is the master on channel 0 master, the second not the former c drive is on channel 1 master and the former c drive is on channel 1 slave. ACHI is enabled in the bios. i was in the drive poking around before the failed format. i did a 'clean' in diskpart but i can't get the format option in the disk management. i'm not sure why
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    Default Re: how to install win 8 pro oem on a new ssd

    You can use Diskpart to create and format your hard drive:

    Diskpart > list disk
    Diskpart > Select Disk xxx (where xxx is your hard drive that you want to format)
    Diskpart > Clean
    Diskpart > Create Partition Primary Align=1024 size=zz (where zz is the partition size you want x 1024; e.g. size=409600 for a 400GB partition**
    Diskpart > Format Quick FS=NTFS
    Diskpart > List Partition
    Diskpart > Active
    Diskpart > Exit

    note:
    "Disk 0" is probably your ssd!!
    ** don't use the size= option if you want only one partition on your hard drive to use all available space
    --- I don't know if align=1024 is OK for a hard drive, but it works fine with an ssd for 4K partition alignment.
    --- You should be able to delete, resize or recreate the hard drive partitions in Disk Management after using this Diskpart procedure.

    Search the web for diskpart guide OR tutorial for more information.

    **edit**
    You should be able to format your hard drive using the free partitioning utility that all manufacturers provide for their drives.
    This software might not 4K align your partition, but you can do this later in Disk Management.
    This software might also let you create a bootable CD or DVD to run their software without booting to windows.
    Any partitions that are not 4K aligned will have performance that can be up to 20% lower.
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    i'm suspicious of that drive because i moved the sata cables to different ports except the ssd and at one time the machine shut itself off. i unplugged the cable for that drive and it booted up/ i may put the cable back in to see what gives. i had that drive as a master on channel 1. i may switch that to the slave on channel 0 but i have a feeling it's gone bad although i was in it before. i want to try the diskpart you just mentioned

    i got up to the format line in the above dispart and it tells me the file system is incompatible. i can't go on. this drive may have died but i'm not sure
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    Default Re: how to install win 8 pro oem on a new ssd

    hold on i got this formatted! wow thank you! now i need to figure out why i only see 4gb of ram when i just changed the ram out to 4 2gb sticks but that's for tomorrow
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    Default Re: how to install win 8 pro oem on a new ssd

    I don't know the brand or model number of your ram so I can only suggest the following bios settings for 8GB:
    in the MIT section of the bios:
    • DDR2/DDR3 OverVoltage Control = +0.30 --> this assumes that the max rated memory voltage is 2.10 volts (1.80 + 0.30)
    • (G)MCH OverVoltage Control = +0.20 --> +0.10 might be OK

    Carefully inspect each of the DDR2 motherboard memory slot's for damaged electrical contacts and dust.

    You might need to try testing each pair of ram in slots 1 & 3 and then test each pair in slots 2 & 4.

    Label each of your memory modules A1, A2, B1, and B2 to help identify if any modules are defective and in which slots.

    If you're still having problems copy the P35 bios template from http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...tml#post312040, post #4 into a plain text Editor (e.g. NotePad), fill in the tested values from the bios and post your settings.

    Follow steps 2 through 4 in http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...tml#post295784, post #5 to provide more information.
    Don't use the EP43/45 bios template!

    We can best help you after you create a detailed hardware list in the System Specs portion of your
    forum profile http://forums.tweaktown.com/profile.php?do=editprofile at the bottom of the
    profile page or in your forum signature http://forums.tweaktown.com/profile....=editsignature.
    Be sure to include brand names and model numbers.

    It's going to take a lot longer for us to help you if you don't provide full details for all of your hardware!!
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    Default Re: how to install win 8 pro oem on a new ssd

    i will do that tomorrow. i have the crucial ram
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