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Windows 7: Replace cheapy 5400rpm 500GB drive with 256GB SSD

08 Nov 2012   #1
NZCampbell

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 
Replace cheapy 5400rpm 500GB drive with 256GB SSD

Gday
I have just purchased an Asus Zenbook Primer and I want to replace the cheapy 5400rpm 500GB drive and replace it with a 256GB SSD.
Now can I create a windows installation key drive with the 4 backup images I did when I first purchased the laptop do I need a brand new copy ?
Regards


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08 Nov 2012   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Main lap Asus ROG 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NZCampbell View Post
Gday
I have just purchased an Asus Zenbook Primer and I want to replace the cheapy 5400rpm 500GB drive and replace it with a 256GB SSD.
Now can I create a windows installation key drive with the 4 backup images I did when I first purchased the laptop do I need a brand new copy ?
Regards
Hello NZ and welcome - no mate if you have the original sticker - activation code you just follow the tutorial and put it on a stick and install and use that activation code.

FIRST It's an idea to set the SSD up properly and for that you might need to DISKPART it as per the tutorial
SSD Alignment
- do that using the machine you are taking out the drive on and then as I said follow the tutorial you are in.

Take your time it isn't hard

Let us know how you get on.

Oh one last thing when you do get it up and running if you want even more speed - Optimize Windows 7[2]=Performance Maintenance

- magic stuff mate am just setting up my new build as I type LOL!!
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08 Nov 2012   #3
NZCampbell

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Hi mate
One thing the Asus UX32VD Prime has no windows activation sticker. The guy at Austin Computers Perth recommended I make a windows backup image due to this.
It just so happens that Asus have a utility that does this. I now have 4 iso files.
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08 Nov 2012   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Take the Asus UX32VD Prime back to Austin Computers Perth, as it illegal to sale without a activation sticker.
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08 Nov 2012   #5
NZCampbell

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Huh didn't know that. Thought it was strange.
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08 Nov 2012   #6
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NZCampbell View Post
Hi mate
One thing the Asus UX32VD Prime has no windows activation sticker. The guy at Austin Computers Perth recommended I make a windows backup image due to this.
It just so happens that Asus have a utility that does this. I now have 4 iso files.
If you wanted to do a Clean Install of Win 7, you would need to activate the installation. Since you have no activation sticker, you could not do this.
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08 Nov 2012   #7
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Main lap Asus ROG 7 Pro
 
 

Hiyya NZ like theog said it is illegal without the sticker but you can see what the acivation code is by down loading Speccy

Speccy - System Information - Free Download

and click on operating system and the activation for that machines motherboard will be there - see my pic I have just blotted out some of my numbers for reasons I'm sure you will understand and to prevent you from entering that one if you reinstall as it will not activate anyway cos it's mine

Now please get back and let us know what the outcome was a) of what the dealer says and b) did you find the code? As I find his explanation erm a bit sus mate.

Oh meant to add this app is free and extremely useful to have on board!

John


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09 Nov 2012   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Look at Control Panel>System for the activation status. You'll see a Product ID there. If it has OEM in the string it either has builder's OEM for which the builder should have provided you with a COA sticker with Product Key to make a legal resale of the OS, or it is cracked with an illegal activation.

I would ask the builder to provide the sticker. Report back what he says.

If he won't cooperate call in the Product ID to MS CUstomer Service for help with possible bootleg windows being sold to you on a new PC. If you cooperate they have a program where they may replace the OS for you. But they may also determine the number is legal and replace the key.

If there is no OEM in the Product ID string on the System page then it may be legal retail which can have it's key audited as suggested using Belarc Advisor so that you can reinstall following these same steps for Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.
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09 Nov 2012   #9
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Main lap Asus ROG 7 Pro
 
 

Yep Greg I think SIW will show this stuff up too in some detail - my previous post is all looks a bit sus eh?



http://www.gtopala.com/
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09 Nov 2012   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Good stuff, John. I couldn't remember if Speccy produces the Product ID and not just the key like Belarc.

I added some other things that have worked over the years here.

I just remembered to also mention to seller that this is being aired in the top tech forum on the web, and about to be referred to MS for investigation.
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