How do i move OS from HDD to a smaller SSD ? and format the HDD?

How do I install the SSD and move my OS to it when my C: Drive is 500gb and the SSD is 240GB's won't image to a smaller drive. I have windows 8 upgrade and am running vista. Not sure where to start, don't want to loose my installed programs, some I don't have the disc's for. Help great computer brains!
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  1. sorry having log on problems. Fantom
  2. Man I suck, should have been and format the SSD. What I mean is how do I make it the boot drive and when in the prossess?
  3. Solved - you can't. I just installed win 8 on the SSD and it works fine except no DVD drives still working on this one.
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