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I just bought an HP ultrabook running Windows 8 with no installtion media. I also bought an SSD hard drive...

My plan was to install windows 8 on the SSD I purchased. Without any installation media provided with my laptop purchase however, I can't install windows 8 onto my SSD. (I don't even have a cd drive if they gave me a CD).

I managed to retrieve my product key using Belarc Advisor. And have confirmed it to be correct by verifying the last set of characters found in Control Panel > System > Activation

Where can I download a copy of Windows 8 64 bit edition? That is the version of windows installed on my laptop. I can only find references to purchase another copy of windows for $100+ on the internet... which I shouldn't have to do, since I already own a valid Windows 8 license.

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Looks like there's isn't any other place for now Is there a place to download the Windows 8 System Builder ISO? Where to find the Windows 8 ISO? –  Sathya Mar 15 '13 at 7:28
@darkAsPitch: What edition is it exactly? Type "winver" in your Run dialogue box and hit enter. –  Austin ''Danger'' Powers Mar 15 '13 at 7:29
@Dan, the "Winver" is 6.2, build 9200. Sathya thank you for reinforcing my fears! –  darkAsPitch Mar 15 '13 at 15:45
Double-check that there isn't an "emergency" partition on the disk that contains the Windoze install image. If so, you can run a process to create install CDs from the partition. –  Daniel R Hicks Mar 15 '13 at 16:29
Have you tried contacting Microsoft or HP directly? –  Kruug Mar 15 '13 at 16:43

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This a grey area because you bought a branded PC with windows installed under an OEM license. An OEM license dictates that the software installed should not leave the original hardware. I say grey area because I don't consider changing a harddrive "leaving the hardware" but it technically is. So without possessing the install media (yes I know that's what your looking for >_< but short of a torrent it's not that simple, especially if you want it for free) the only option you are left with is cloning the partition (ghosting the harddrive).

As a work around you could use a live cd such as Clonezilla to clone the OS onto your other drive (you might have to resize it first). I know this isn't optimal. It also might give you guff about not being a genuine copy.

Also note that you can't just get any Windows 8 install disc as it is not a retail key, you need one that works with the specific OEM key you posses.

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Clonezilla Still might be a problem because SSDs tend to be smaller than traditional hard drives around the same price. Some partition resizing might be in order.... –  hydroparadise Mar 15 '13 at 16:50
Yep. You take all your user data off that partition and resize it with something like gpart. Hopefully you can get it small enough to fit your ssd. –  hwshadow Mar 15 '13 at 18:28
That's what I ended up doing: superuser.com/questions/568124/… –  darkAsPitch Mar 23 '13 at 23:50
From Vista upwards there is no difference between OEM and retail disks. –  kinokijuf Aug 8 '13 at 9:52

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