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Installing Windows 8 on a SSD in a new unopened Lenovo Y580

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Just note that the product key on the Lenovo will most likely only work with the Lenovo OEM distribution of Windows 8. If you install from a different source, you are apt to need a different product key.

If you are REAL lucky, you may be able to change the product key after installation. All in all, it should only take about an hour longer than just cloning the hard drive.

One other option might be to boot up with the existing hard drive and burn the recovery disk set. At least that way you should have no problems using the Lenovo OEM product key.