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los216
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hi,

 

I bought an hp envy 700-329 in nov 2014.

 

the computer is great however i got a great deal on a 1tb samsung 850 pro and id like to install it.

 

after researching i found that because the music production software  i use does not like to be moved around to different drives/operating systems its best to do a clean install of the operating system and then the music production software on the new ssd thus starting fresh.

 

please stop me if iam wrong but iam guessing that i would need help figuring out if i .....

 

1) can download a new copy of windows 8.1

 

2) where i would download that from and

 

3) how i would download it to the ssd 

 

4) if i would need to activate some sort of license on the new copy of windows 8.1 

 

5) if i can use my old license from the old operating system on the original hdd that came preloaded from the factory with windows and if so 

 

6) how do i activate it on the new ssd

 

7) any advice moving forward

 

 sorry for rambling on, as you can tell iam not that tech savy so any advice plus very thorough explanations would be best .

 

thankyou

 

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The simplest method is to migrate your existing operating system installation to the new SSD.  That way the OS is already activated and you don't need to download a Windows 8.1 ISO or deal with finding and installing drivers.

 

I wrote a response to a thread that was made into a sticky on how to do that in the notebook PC section of the forum. 

 

How to migrate your PC's operating system to an SSD ( my take on the K.I.S.S. principle)

http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/How-do-I-upgrade-my-notebook-to...

 

Once you have migrated the installation to the SSD you can remove the old spinner hard disk, put this one in its place and boot to it. 

 

In my opinion, your choice of a Samsung 850 pro was a good one.  🙂 




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Hi erico,

Thankyou for your quick response.

When I reached out to all the audio production software companies about the best way to tackle the this they all replied to fresh install everything and specifically do not use migrate " assassin" to move the os over to the ssd so unfortunately that won't be an option for me.

Looks like the hardway for me!

Cheers
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