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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: 18,159 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.

FAQ & Answers

  • IronFlyIronFly Posts: 18,159ACE 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.
  • whoawhoa Posts: 2Member

    Thanks Smiley Happy

  • You welcome. Smiley Happy

    I'm not an Acer employee.
  • 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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