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    Default How to re-install Win8 in a new hard drive

    Cannot find my Win8 DVD but thankfully I kept the email and have ordered a backup DVD but that will be a few weeks before I get it. I have Win8.1 pro on a SSD but have purchased a larger one ( 500GB ) and want a clean install of Windows 8. Was going to originally just do a clean reinstall on current SSD , want to get rid of all the garbage .

    I assume that the only way to do is it to reinstall win7 and do an online upgrade using the windows 8 key that I have. Can I just install win7 without registering it or upgrading it ?

    Its a long time since I have this so any tips appreciated.......
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    Default Re: How to re-install Win8 in a new hard drive

    You mentioned Win 8 and then Win 8.1, and then back to Win 7.

    Is the only product key you have a Win 7 to Win 8 update key?

    Of course you can install Win 7 without updating it. Keep the network cable unplugged or wifi off during the installation. The problem may be trying to update an unregistered Win 7 installation, which is probably the one you changed into Windows 8, right?

    Initially, MS was tough on the rules about the Win 8 keys and upgrades. After Win 8 generally flopped, MS has relaxed things quite a bit. You can only find out by trying.

    My question would be if a Win 7 to Win 8 update key would be accepted with a Win 8.1 ISO installation.

    You could download a Win 8.1 ISO, mount and copy it to a USB flash drive, and use it for the installation. If the key you have is not accepted, you call MS on their 800 line, go through the re-approval process, and you're done. I've done this many times. That way you would skip the updates from Win 7 to Win 8.1.

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    Default Re: How to re-install Win8 in a new hard drive

    Before you install the operating system, to avoid MBR problems, first disconnect the sata data cables to all of the remaining data ssd's and hard drives.

    Once the O/S is installed, power off your system, unplug the power supply from the wall outlet and then reconnect the unplugged sata data cables.
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    Default Re: How to re-install Win8 in a new hard drive

    it was originally win 8 pro but you get the free upgrade to win8.1 pro later on and I did, l cant go straight to and download 8.1 ....did a win oem 7 installation with minimum upgrades / drivers and am now doing the win8 pro upgrade . I have win7 installed an another PC but used a different version ( oem ) to install win7. I have 2 win8 pro keys but after running 8 on both PC's went back to win7 on e of them

    Have removed all hard drives and ssd drives and just put in my new SSD and am now downloading ( thankfully kept the email from ms and it had the link on it ..hard to spot but it was there )...will 7% done and 3 hours to go..Friday night not the best time to do it.....hopefully within the next month they connect us to fibre optic ( its connected but just waiting until they switch this suburb on )
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    Default Re: How to re-install Win8 in a new hard drive

    it wont activate because number is in use......I uprgraded both PC's with 2 different numbers but dumped it here because I didnt like itand now I am going to have to ring ms and go through the whole bull again... I have 3 copies of win8 ( one with the dvd I cant locate ) , 3 copies of win7 and so many copies of previous versions ( time to trash them )
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