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February 8, 2013 10:50:29 PM

So when I transferred my Windows 8 pro license from my laptop to my new desktop it was a severe Pain in the @$$!! After dealing with a nice but very strong accented Microsoft employee for like 45 minutes and had to read him this 50 some odd code line a dozen times ...argghhhh Finally got it done. Now Here I am a few months later and I have two builds ahead of me and 2 people, me and my mother, that have Licenses we want to transfer over to our new hdds via windows install disc and serial key entry.....My question basically is when I install windows 8 via disc on these 2 machines it will install then tell me windows isn't activated and then I'll have to repeat the steps above 2 fold ....I really would love to know if there is a workaround other than stealing it lol jk jk. I have read up on migrating an os somewhat but would that work if the hdd was going into a completely different system????Seems like driver issues etc would prevent that from working, but like I said, I don't know any help would be great!


I know I am in the ssd section so I should clarify that 1 of the new "hdds" is an SSD.
a b G Storage
February 8, 2013 11:22:34 PM

Windows 8 allows you to reinstall on a new pc as long as ur not going to keep using it on another one. Its a change from 7. You have the license key right?

Edit: i think acronis will let u clone to dissimilar hardware.
February 8, 2013 11:33:01 PM

I do have the windows key but after the install completes it will windows isn't activated and says I breached terms of use, even after formatting over the originals. I ve had this happen to me 3 other separate times with other builds which the owners had legit licenses. it adds like an extra 2 hours to my build time having to go through Microsoft over the phone..psssttt...Arconis I will be checking out right now.
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a b G Storage
February 9, 2013 1:22:42 AM

Actually, if the copy of win 8 pro came preinstalled on the laptop you got lucky. The ability to transfer is for system builder and retail.
February 9, 2013 1:36:58 AM

it was the 39.99 upgrade
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a c 753 G Storage
February 9, 2013 11:59:51 PM

have you tried installing the original hdd in the new computer, letting it update, and reactivate (due to new hardware)
and then cloning to the new hdd/ssd?
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