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Reloading Windows 8.1 On New HDD on a Toshiba Satelitte C55-B5270 With No Disk


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#1 Bamamcall

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Posted 08 December 2015 - 02:56 PM

I bought this about a year ago and the hard drive went out last week. Have no idea if I can ever get the info off my drive. But I need to put a new drive in but Toshiba sent  no disks with the laptop. How do I get 8.1 on my new drive and make it go again. Also I don't know if this matters but I bought a Toshiba HDD from best buy and its a 1TB. The old one was 500GB. I don't if this will work on 8.1.

 

I would upgrade to Win 10 but y quickbooks and quicken are old and won't work inside ten now. It saves me $500 if I can just use this other laptop for my quickbooks.

 

Any links or help you could give me would be great. Links tutorials anything. I want to do this myself. 



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Posted 08 December 2015 - 03:07 PM

Hi,
 
You can download Windows 8.1 directly from Microsoft here create an USB flash drive or ISO, make sure you select the same language and edition you had on the old hdd.

 

During install when it ask for the windows Key simply press Skip or equivalent option. The activation key is stored on the BIOS/UEFI and Windows should activate automatically.


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Posted 08 December 2015 - 08:26 PM

Thank you for the help.


Edited by Bamamcall, 09 December 2015 - 01:46 AM.


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Posted 09 December 2015 - 08:53 PM

How do I know if my former copy was 32 bit or 64 bit? I have 8 gigs of ram which came standard with it.



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Posted 09 December 2015 - 09:05 PM

If you had 8GB of RAM you had 64bit because 32bit can only access at most about 4GB.






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