I need to install Windows 8 on my new hard drive
I bought a computer with Windows 8, which is what it originally came with. I want to install my old hard drive into the new computer, which has Windows 7, but change it to Windows 8. I want to keep all my data, if possible. I don't have a Windows 8 disk, and I don't find a Windows 8 COA on the computer like Windows 7 computers have. Is there a way to do this?
you can use cloning program like this:
If the Windows 8 is a OEM copy supplied pre installed on the PC then the Windows licence does not allow transfering to another PC.
Are you intending to have two PC's running Win 8 on one copy of Win 8 ?
again not allowed by your licence from Microsoft.
Why not buy a upgrade copy of Win 8.1 or 10 and upgrade the Win 7 to the latter version
This will cost you real money.
Windows 8 came preinstalled on the "new" computer I want to use, so it's perfectly legal to have Windows 8 on this computer. I just want to install a larger hard drive, which happens to be my old hard drive with Windows 7 and all my data on it. Since the computer came with Windows 8, seems like I shouldn't have to pay again to have Windows 8. That's buying it twice for the same computer. mbarnes recommending cloning, but seems like I will have to clone the Windows 8 to the old hard drive, which will overwrite my data, right?
1. you can still upgrade for free. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade
just enable some assistive feature and do the upgrade - disable it later. Kinda loophole, but who cares.
2. the link in my first post contains download of the cloning soft. I'm not sure if it resizes partitions, but most probably does.
install it on windows 8 computer, connect the larger drive to the windows 8 computer and check the options in the program.