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How do i do a fresh install of windows 8.1 without disc?

  Bailey08787 21:29 03 Mar 2014


I have a laptop on order and on it will come a pre-installed version of Windows 8.1, but no disc

I want to take out the HDD and put in a new SSD

How can I install a fresh copy of windows 8.1 on the SSD?


  Number six 23:12 03 Mar 2014

I suspect most if not all SSD manufacturers supply free cloning software with their products. Should be simple operation to clone old HDD to new SSD.

  onthelimit1 08:57 04 Mar 2014

You'll need an external caddy to put the new drive in. If no free cloning software supplied, try Macrium Reflect which is free. Cloning is better than a clean install as all drivers are copied across. The other option may be to burn some system recovery disks using W8 built-in program.

  Bailey08787 13:16 04 Mar 2014

thanks MechKB, that's the kind of solution I was looking for

  Bailey08787 15:40 10 Mar 2014

thanks for the replies

surely when I get the laptop the version of windows 8.1 already installed will be accompanied by a product key somewhere no? e.g. on a piece of paper or accessible via the system somehow?

i don't want to have to buy a usb caddy to start swapping drives over really.

I was thinking i'd be able to download the iso, save to usb.

Then pop in the new ssd, boot from usb, install 8.1, enter windows key, start downloading necessary drivers

sound like a plan?

  Bailey08787 15:57 10 Mar 2014

Really? The news that a laptop with windows 8.1 installed comes without a license key for the purchaser comes as a surprise to me.

  Bailey08787 16:40 10 Mar 2014


so what is it you don't trust about key finders?

This one seems legit enough:

click here

  Bailey08787 17:23 10 Mar 2014

So are Belarc making it up when they say their tool can find the windows product key?

  Bailey08787 18:36 10 Mar 2014

So you're saying it won't find the 25 character windows product key?

The key that windows will ask for to complete the installation?

  Bailey08787 19:50 10 Mar 2014

This rw everything seems to have cracked it

click here

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