Bought a laptop. I’m going to upgrade it with a SSD and therefore have to do a fresh OS install.
Of course, the laptop comes pre-installed with Windows 8. Does anyone know how to extract that copy of Windows 8 from the partition on the original hard disk or have any other recommendations as far as being able to use the copy of Windows 8 that comes preinstalled and using it to install on the SSD?
Any thoughts or help would be awesome!
Your windows activation key is usually on a sticker located on the bottom of your laptop. Just download the Windows 8 ISO for your particular version from Microsoft. Create a bootable USB (or you can burn the image to a disc), and then boot from your USB (or disc drive). Go through the installation process. At some point, you should be prompted for your Win 8 key. Use the key on the bottom of your laptop.
You can also try cloning software.
This can be problematic depending on numerous factors, so I always recommend a fresh install if possible.