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How to install new hard drive and get windows key ?

Hi,

 

I got an aspire v5-121-c72g32nkk.
I just updated to Windows 10, no sweat, but I would like to upgrade my HD drive to a SSD drive.

Can you pinpoint the steps to do that ?
Windows has been preinstalled, how do I reinstall it again on another drive ?
I don't have any serial key or anything.
I'm a bit lost, do you have any idea ?

Best,

Best Answer

  • IronFlyIronFly Posts: 18,018 Trailblazer
    Accepted Answer

    there are many ways to do it, no one involve product keys, since

    if you want to do a clean install:

    windows 7-8-8.1 keys are embeeded on your BIOS

    windows 10 uses a generic key when upgrading, so, you only need to skip steps asking about a product key and the first time you will connect to the web, it will authenticate.

     

    you need to decide:

    1) do a clean install of your factory OS

    2) do a disk image - system image and reload it

    3) do a clean install of windows 10

     

    option 2 is the quickest at  the end, since you will create a copy of your HDD and reload it to your PC.

    you need a windows 10 bootable media (USB or DVD) and some space on external HDD.

    I'm not an Acer employee.
    Click on "Like" if you find my answer useful or click on "Yes" if it answers your question.

FAQ & Answers

  • IronFlyIronFly Posts: 18,018ACE Trailblazer
    Accepted Answer

    there are many ways to do it, no one involve product keys, since

    if you want to do a clean install:

    windows 7-8-8.1 keys are embeeded on your BIOS

    windows 10 uses a generic key when upgrading, so, you only need to skip steps asking about a product key and the first time you will connect to the web, it will authenticate.

     

    you need to decide:

    1) do a clean install of your factory OS

    2) do a disk image - system image and reload it

    3) do a clean install of windows 10

     

    option 2 is the quickest at  the end, since you will create a copy of your HDD and reload it to your PC.

    you need a windows 10 bootable media (USB or DVD) and some space on external HDD.

    I'm not an Acer employee.
    Click on "Like" if you find my answer useful or click on "Yes" if it answers your question.
  • whoawhoa Posts: 2Member

    Thanks Smiley Happy

  • You welcome. Smiley Happy

    I'm not an Acer employee.
    Click on "Like" if you find my answer useful or click on "Yes" if it answers your question.
  • arthurksharthurksh Posts: 6Member

    I don't have any option but a clean install, yet I am constantly asked for drivers, and even though I have all of them on a USB dirve, I am told I don't have the right drivers. I downloaded all the drivers from this site.

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