That is odd. All the computers I've reimaged with win8 and used the key from the BIOS worked just fine.If its anything like my HP laptop,It was very hard to come across an ISO of Windows 8 OEM..i couldn't just use a regular Windows 8 ISO then use the serial key that was built into the laptops bios..it wouldn't work.
Thankfully i was able to get a hold of a OEM ISO.
Yep, and its another shot in the foot for M$ allowing OEMs to do that...makes it a pain to get a machine restaged at work while keeping the licensing key intact...
That's fast! I think I'll go for one with such a drive as well.ThinkPad L540.
I took these photos for a review which I am writing on this laptop but I've not had the chance to write anything on it for weeks now.
I had to take some these are quite high ISO (800) so there may be some grain on some of them. Retaking some of these tomorrow earlier in the day and with a flashgun.
I also posted a video on YouTube of Windows 8.1 Pro booting, shutting down and resuming from sleep with the Seagate 1TB SSHD which is installed in this laptop. You can see the video below:
Skip to 0:36 to see the boot.
My first install of 8.1 on this machine was a clone from the HDD to the SSHD and didn't work well. I did a fresh install of 8.1 Pro which I got from school last weekend and now it's a lot quicker. You have to do a lot of restarts and get Windows to boot quickly since the SSHD firmware 'learns' which files to cache to boot Windows quickly.
**EDIT: Pics temporarily removed whilst I transfer them to a new Flickr account.**
Yes, it is good.That's fast! I think I'll go for one with such a drive as well.
Thanks for the information! Anyway, if I find a laptop with just an SSD and no HDD, I'll go with that. I don't need a laptop with gaming specs or much storage, just to do some basic work for school, browsing and maybe some streaming over the net.Yes, it is good.
Just a few things to note though:
Whilst it does boot and shut down as quick as an SSD, programs and transfer speeds operate at the same speed as a 5400 RPM HDD of course, since they're not in the cache buffer.
I recommend doing a fresh install of Windows onto it. I originally cloned the HDD and it all got messed up and none of the files would cache, so I was not seeing any speed benefits. Once I did a clean install it worked much better.
Just install Windows like you would on an HDD - nothing new to report there.
Once you have installed Windows and got everything set up, keep shutting the machine down and then starting it from cold again. After about 10 times, the SSHD will have learned which files to cache to make Windows boot and shut down quickly.
And you'll be good to go.