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windows 8 "clean" install on a new SSD, using windows 7 from recovery disc

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August 6, 2013 8:16:30 AM

So I finally decided to purchase a new SSD for my Asus g74. I am also thinking about upgrading it to windows 8.

I know that there are alignment issues when using recovery discs to install on SSD's. My question is that if I use the recovery disc in order to install the prerequisite OS and install windows 8, will the "clean" install completely erase all of the crap that will arise from recovery, and have correct alignment?

Also, will there be any dumb issues with my 2nd existing Hdd with the new operating system if it is simply used as a data drive for games and such?

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a b * Windows 8
a b $ Windows 7
August 6, 2013 8:57:14 AM

You don't have to install w7 to use the upgrade. Just unplug the hdd before installing then plug it back in after. It won't have any issues.
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    August 6, 2013 8:58:47 AM

    I installed windows 8 straight from the install disc. (No upgrade) my SSD is perfectly aligned. I would bet that windows 8 would know how to install correctly on an SSD.

    A clean install as far as I know, works exactly like a standard install in your case. The old OS is put into a folder and the rest of the install goes as normal.
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      August 6, 2013 9:08:46 AM

      k1114 said:
      You don't have to install w7 to use the upgrade. Just unplug the hdd before installing then plug it back in after. It won't have any issues.


      Well I have a choice of going out and buying the install DVD, or downloading the student pro version from Microsoft. The download is much cheaper, I'm not entirely sure on how it works but I would assume I would need a operating system in order to use it.
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        August 6, 2013 9:26:58 AM

        MyTagforHalo2 said:
        k1114 said:
        You don't have to install w7 to use the upgrade. Just unplug the hdd before installing then plug it back in after. It won't have any issues.


        Well I have a choice of going out and buying the install DVD, or downloading the student pro version from Microsoft. The download is much cheaper, I'm not entirely sure on how it works but I would assume I would need a operating system in order to use it.

        How much is the Student version? Pro upgrade from Amazon is £49.50 and you get disks which you can clean Install. I imagine the Student download will give you the option of downloading an ISO which can be burned to a disk. You could then use that to clean install. To activate Windows after a clean install you simply use the 'Refresh your PC' option with the Installation disk in place, and Activation is automatic.
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          August 6, 2013 9:27:27 AM

          The download is the same as the cd. It's simply the cd files off the cd. You will need to put it on a cd or flash drive to install it.

          @psykhiq, a clean install is a normal install. Not to be confused with an upgrade that make can make a .old file if you choose to. You can do an upgrade and select not to keep anything.
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            August 6, 2013 9:33:51 AM

            The student price is currently $70, which is the same as off amazon. It's a waste of money imo.
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              August 6, 2013 10:03:47 AM


              k1114 said:
              The download is the same as the cd. It's simply the cd files off the cd. You will need to put it on a cd or flash drive to install it.

              @psykhiq, a clean install is a normal install. Not to be confused with an upgrade that make can make a .old file if you choose to. You can do an upgrade and select not to keep anything.


              k1114 said:
              The student price is currently $70, which is the same as off amazon. It's a waste of money imo.


              Right, but what we are getting at here, is that the "upgrade" (not OEM) version, requires windows to be pre installed in order to use it, whether it be downloaded on a seperate computer and put onto a usb drive or not apparently. To quote Microsoft: "You also must have a previous version of Windows running on the PC—you can't install on a bare drive."

              I would assume that on a SSD, it wouldn't really impact the drive whether its a fresh oem install, or a upgrade and not opting for a .old. What i need to know: will "clean installing" over a factory recovery installation impact the performance of the SSD?
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                August 6, 2013 10:18:01 AM

                The upgrade version can be clean installed on to an SSD or any drive you like. I haven't tried it on a new build, but it wouldn't surprise me if it did. I assume that when you activate an older OS details of Motherboard etc. are stored in a database, so when W8 is activated as described above, these details are referred to enable activation. Whatever, use your Installation media to install W8 on to your SSD, do so without formatting or partitioning, on to Unallocated Space and you will have no problems. As soon as your Install has completed, without removing the installation media, go to the Start Screen (Hit the Windows Key as your Install will boot to the desktop) type 'Refresh' and choose 'Refresh your PC' from Settings. Once it's finished Windows will be activated.
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                  August 6, 2013 10:24:20 AM

                  I've used the upgrade myself for w7 and w8. You can use it as a clean install, there is nothing different about the installs other than the option to keep old files. As long as you have a prior os eligible for the upgrade you're legal. But it doesn't need to be installed in cases like this where you get a new hdd/sdd.

                  The student deal is most likely a mak key as it was with mine. This is not tied to a mobo but has a set number of times that it can be activated.
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                    August 6, 2013 11:00:12 AM

                    k1114 said:
                    I've used the upgrade myself for w7 and w8. You can use it as a clean install, there is nothing different about the installs other than the option to keep old files. As long as you have a prior os eligible for the upgrade you're legal. But it doesn't need to be installed in cases like this where you get a new hdd/sdd.

                    The student deal is most likely a mak key as it was with mine. This is not tied to a mobo but has a set number of times that it can be activated.


                    Understood, thank you.

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