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Windows 8.1 on new SSD

2015-07-07, 10:00 AM

Hi!

 

I've been searching for a solution for hours regarding installing a fresh Windows 8.1 on a new SSD (in a ThinkStation S30) but I still have one question:

 

I booted from a Win 8.1 CD just to see if I was able to install it to my SSD without having to format my Windows 7 partition, but I couldn't get pass the serial number prompt. Will I be able to skip this step if I format my C: and try again or how does it work with the UEFI Windows serial activation? I know I should just format it and try but as this is my work computer I don't want to waste any time playing tech guy :)

 

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Windows 8.1 on new SSD

2015-07-07, 14:39 PM

Yes, you should be able to dual-boot with 7 and 8.1.  I'm not sure if a retail DVD will allow you to install without entering a key.  Look for an option during setup to bypass activation or enter a key at a later time.  It's been ages since I last installed 8.1 and have since been previewing 10.

 

The basic steps are to back up your system (since failures can happen), create a partition for 8.1, and install 8.1 using the "custom" option so it creates the proper dual-boot environment.

 

Rather than reinventing the wheel on the steps to take, these two articles should be of some help:

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Re: Windows 8.1 on new SSD

2015-07-07, 14:39 PM

Yes, you should be able to dual-boot with 7 and 8.1.  I'm not sure if a retail DVD will allow you to install without entering a key.  Look for an option during setup to bypass activation or enter a key at a later time.  It's been ages since I last installed 8.1 and have since been previewing 10.

 

The basic steps are to back up your system (since failures can happen), create a partition for 8.1, and install 8.1 using the "custom" option so it creates the proper dual-boot environment.

 

Rather than reinventing the wheel on the steps to take, these two articles should be of some help:

ThinkStation P700      ThinkPad X1C7

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Re: Windows 8.1 on new SSD

2015-07-08, 8:40 AM

Thank you for the answer erik. So if I install with the preview Windows 8.1 key, do you think it will activate automatically when the installation is finished?

 

EDIT: I'll try with a USB first and see it if works.

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Re: Windows 8.1 on new SSD

2015-07-08, 16:17 PM

If your system is connected to the internet then it will likely try to activate.  If using a preview key then it won't matter since the preview has a set expiration date.  After that you'll have to input an active license key or, more likely, update to Windows 10.

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