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Ultimate Geek


# 184060 9-Nov-2015 10:40
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My 3 year old Dell laptop just died, so I purchased a refurbished Asus laptop (1 year warranty) with Windows 8 pre-installed.

Upon first boot (with windows 8 activated fine) I made a recovery USB boot disk of windows, then removed the factory HDD, replaced with my SSD, and installed windows using the recovery USB (UEFI)

Even though windows 8 installed fine on the SSD without asking for a key (as its in the bios), when I boot windows it says it can't be activated, saying key is blocked??

(I tried two methods to install windows 8 on the SSD, first creating recovery USB via standard windows process, second using the Asus backtracker tool, both the same result)

So I call Asus support, spoke to someone very hard to understand, but after some discussion, the answer was windows 8 was only activated on my laptop for the original hardware (not SSD), and I would need to pay $90+ and send my laptop to Asus repair to have windows 8 "re-imaged" onto the laptop with SSD.

This is crazy!
This process worked perfectly fine on my old dell laptop.

Now I'm stuck with a 4 day old laptop that I can't use my SSD in.

 

Any suggestions? (other than having to spend more money and purchasing a separate windows license).

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Ultimate Geek


  # 1423775 9-Nov-2015 14:57
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Thanks all, managed to get it to work by doing this:

 

     

  1. Upgraded original HDD to windows 10
  2. Fetched windows 10 key with produkey
  3. Downloaded windows 10 to USB
  4. Swapped HDD to SSD, fresh install of windows 10, use key from above
  5. Activated ok!

 




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