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June 12, 2013 7:39:03 PM

I am building a new computer, and would like to take advantage of Microsoft's windows 8 upgrade student discount. I have a couple of old drives that have windows xp on them, and would like to attempt to clone one over to an ssd, so i can get the discount. Is it possible, and if so, how? any help is appreciated

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a b * Windows 8
June 12, 2013 9:51:21 PM

Cloning the drive is the easy part. Getting XP to work on your new computer will be the challenging part. You may want to read this thread - http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/265521-32-install-com...
There is the issue of compatibility of XP with SSD drives. Another issue is motherboard drivers. Since you are building a new computer you will need to make sure that Windows XP drivers are available for the new motherboard. If Windows XP is an OEM version then legally you cannot move it another machine as OEM software is tied to the computer on which it was installed. If the retail version was installed then this should not be a problem as long as you don't use the same activation code for two computers.
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June 13, 2013 4:40:38 AM

kenrivers said:
Cloning the drive is the easy part. Getting XP to work on your new computer will be the challenging part. You may want to read this thread - http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/265521-32-install-com...
There is the issue of compatibility of XP with SSD drives. Another issue is motherboard drivers. Since you are building a new computer you will need to make sure that Windows XP drivers are available for the new motherboard. If Windows XP is an OEM version then legally you cannot move it another machine as OEM software is tied to the computer on which it was installed. If the retail version was installed then this should not be a problem as long as you don't use the same activation code for two computers.


Thanks for you quick reply. As I got the xp computers secondhand, I don't know if they are OEM (by the way, I had been wondering what that meant, so thanks for that), and I have no install dvds. Also, I can't seem to find xp drivers for my motherboard (Asus p8z77 v lk). So it looks like I should just buy a full windows cd. Thanks again for your help
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June 13, 2013 4:59:34 PM

You're welcome, glad I could help.
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