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Clean Install of windows 8 on a SSD

I bought a refurbished HP desktop recently and it came pre installed with Windows 8 on the hard drive. I want to now install it on my new SSD but I do not have any install files for windows 8. I did however find my product key. Is there anyway to install windows 8 on my SSD with out the install files?
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  2. SR-71 Blackbird said:


    Just tried this but it said
    "This key cannot be used to install a retail version of Windows 8"
  3. There are download links for OEM copies out there.

    That being said, you're probably going to have to contact HP and pay them a couple bucks to have them ship you an HP-keyed install disk.
  4. DarkSable said:
    There are download links for OEM copies out there.

    That being said, you're probably going to have to contact HP and pay them a couple bucks to have them ship you an HP-keyed install disk.


    Really appreciate the help from the both of you. I knew I would have at least one snag with HP. Thank for the help.
  5. You could create a recovery drive and install it on your SSD by copying the contents of C to an external drive or DVD disks. You would also need a Repair disk. (I normally do this with 2 pen drives) If you want to try I'll list the steps for you...
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