I bought a HP Pavilion and before I even powered it up I replaced the supplied hard drive with a flash drive and loaded Linux Mint onto it. The laptop didn’t like the new OS, saying “Selected boot image did not Authenticate. Press Enter to Continue”, but the solution was to disable Secure Boot.
I thought using Windows 8 elsewhere would be handy, and plugged the 2.5 SATA drive into a desktop computer (having removed all other drives) and the computer wouldn't boot. No error message. Just nothing.
Why can't I boot some other computer using the Windows 8 drive from my laptop?
Is there licensing and signing at work here? If I can't use this operating system, how much did I pay for it and how do I get my money back?