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Laptop preinstalled windows 8 on HDD, can i transfer product key to my new SSD

Hi, my laptop came pre-installed with windows 8

im looking to upgrade the HDD two years later now, to an SSD.

Is there any way of transferring the windows license key from the preinstalled HDD to when i reinstall windows 8 on my SSD?

or will i have to buy a new license? official eBay sellers are selling product keys for windows 8.1 for as low as £10, so i don't mind buying a new one, but if there's an easy solution im all ears.

thanks.
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  1. Your product key will work with the new SSD.
    No need to buy a new one.
    Hint ..... Most of those cheap keys on eBay etc... are generic OEM keys which will allow you to install windows, but not activate it.
  2. Unolocogringo said:
    Your product key will work with the new SSD.
    No need to buy a new one.
    Hint ..... Most of those cheap keys on eBay etc... are generic OEM keys which will allow you to install windows, but not activate it.


    not true, i purchased a windows 7 professional 64bit recently, it installed windows 7 and the key was successful in activating it. to further support its legitimacy, i then upgrade it to windows 10 which is obviously only available to genuine windows 7+8 platforms.

    regarding the SSD situation, i was not given an activation key it was all preinstalled when i bought it, turn it on and automatically starts the windows installation process.. i've done some reading and found since windows 8 microsoft are using encrypted keys within the system BIOS to prevent piracy.

    would this mean my original proposition is not possible?

    or can it still be possible if i:

    1. download a third party program to find out the encrypted key
    2. wipe the HDD
    3. install an ISO of windows 8 using the microsoft tool from their website
    4. reinstall windows 8 on my new SSD and using the product key from third party applications to re activate windows 8.
  3. Best answer
    Easiest solution: Just clone the HDD onto the SSD using something like clonezilla. http://clonezilla.org/

    You can find out your Windows key by downloading and running Belarc Advisor. http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
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