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#1 co1615

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 12:29 PM

Hello,

 

 I just bought a 128gb ssd. I want to do a fresh install of 8.1 & for now just have the os on it. My OEM Win HP Pavililion P6-2326s came with Win 8. I upgraded it about 5 yrs ago to 8.1. Can I use an 8.1 iso with the existing oem product key since it has been upgraded or do I need to use an 8 iso & then go through the upgrade process again? I plan on keeping the other hdd's in service, this is just a speed boost change. I'm open to any suggestions about better performance.

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 12:41 PM

it should have the key, if you upgraded to 8.1 it will retain your key


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Posted 03 August 2018 - 12:48 PM

So what you are saying is the key has changed after the update so it is now an 8.1 key? Any reinstall would act like it's 8.1 & not 8?



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Posted 03 August 2018 - 12:51 PM

yeah it should, the key is held in the BIOS and on the hardware.


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Posted 06 August 2018 - 11:07 AM

So what you are saying is the key has changed after the update so it is now an 8.1 key? Any reinstall would act like it's 8.1 & not 8?

The product key is embedded in the BIOS and will not change when Windows 8 is upgraded to 8.1. 

 

As for a reinstall... if you do a fresh installation you could install either of the 8 or 8.1 as there are still websites where you can download the Windows 8 ISO.  But there isn't any reason you can't just download the Windows 8.1 ISO and install it.  The original product key will still work as it is saved in the BIOS.


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Posted 06 August 2018 - 11:42 AM

I did the fresh install on the ssd. When I connected the hdd back up it still uses that drive as the "C" drive. I did change the sata ports so the ssd was in the sata 0 & hdd is in sata1 as I read somewhere the "C" drive should be in the lowest # port. I've since read conflicting info. I am currently backing up the hdd & will then wipe it clean. I'll have to reinstall programs once I decide which ones go to which drive.



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Posted 08 August 2018 - 09:08 PM

I've completed the backup to external drive. The ssd is working fine & is recognized as the "C" drive now. I formatted the old hdd when it was externally connected assigning letter "F" to it & have it installed internally now. The problem I now have is the old hdd isn't being recognized in device manager or disk management. I changed the sata ports it was plugged into with no positive result. Any ideas?



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Posted 09 August 2018 - 09:12 AM

Check your power and data cable connections.

 

Look in the BIOS to see if the hdd is recognized there.

 

When you looked in Disk Management was there a drive marked “Unknown” and “Not initialized”?  This would look similar to the image below.

 

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 09:23 AM

It showed when I formatted it as unallocated, but then disappeared on restart. It did show after another restart or 2 & I should be good now. I appreciate all the help with this project.






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