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  # 1019601 6-Apr-2014 20:20
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charsleysa: Sounds like you didn't know what you were doing and made mistake after mistake. Windows 8 is pretty easy to install from scratch. If you activate the key then it's expected that you can't activate again.

I too had an awful experience. 

I bought win8 pro full version but am forced to run a pirate version. 

Something to do with embedded keys and trying to change from a mechancial to SSD drive  and also UEFI bios incompatibilities came up with a combination of events that made it extremely difficult to install the purchased version. 

Anyway, I have legally purchased it so I am not overly consumed with guilt. 

I would never trust a pirated version. Who knows what sort of low level changes have been made in the os. For all u know you could have opened yourself up to all sorts of vulnerabilities.

I understand that but i didn't really have an option as i couldn't clean install my official pro version over UEFI ... the laptop I purchased had win8 pro installed on a mechanical harddrive and activated via a bios key. But, it had lots of bloatware and i wanted to clean install on my SSD. 

There is something about UEFI/AHCI combo which causes major issues. I could install my official paid version with AHCI off but that is not ideal for an SSD drive. 

I might have another go at reinstalling the official version when i have a spare week to waste. 

The point is, windows 8 is not easy to install for all situations even for those you are legally entitled to do so.  

I don't have a bios key but I've had no problems installing windows 8 on SSD on laptop with AHCI on.

You're not supposed to run an SSD on any mode except for AHCI, except for maybe raid.

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  # 1019619 6-Apr-2014 21:03
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You're not supposed to run an SSD on any mode except for AHCI, except for maybe raid.

Really? I thought some SSD's were up to it? Ive installed a few ssd in ide mode. Performance is restricted, but its still quick and still working years later.

RE: The OP, this was their experience. Windows 8.1 can be tough, even OEMs like Samsung and HP have trouble getting it right, let alone "roll-your-own" pc builders.


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  # 1019632 6-Apr-2014 22:19
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well my system is running sweet now and everything all set up.  Just shouldnt have to go through so many hoops.   To be fair though most I have done under exact same conditions have gone hassle free,  Now just have to try and cut boot up time from 45 seconds to something quicker one day.  See many reports how much quicker boot up is but I have never seen it real life except for when ssd installed.  But at least happy now even with boot up so leaving as is while running sweet

HTPC Intel Pentium G3258 cpu, Gigabyte H97n-wifi motherboard, , 8GB DDR3 ram, onboard  graphics. Hauppuage HVR 5500 tuner,  Silverstone LC16M case, Windows 10 pro 64 bit using Nextpvr and Kodi

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