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  1.    26 May 2016 #1
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    Install Windows on M.2 2280?


    Hello,

    I'm planning on upgrading my computer next year and the motherboard I've currently picked out supports M.2 and I was wondering if it's possible to install an OS on M.2 and would be any faster than my SSD? If it is possible, do I install the OS the same way I would with a traditional SSD or HDD?

    Also, all I have is my Windows 8.1 disk. I upgraded to Windows 10 through the free option that was offered. When I upgrade my PC I'll be upgrading my motherboard, so how would I go about installing Windows 10? Will I have to buy a installation disk?
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  2.    26 May 2016 #2
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    What is M.2 2280? If it is a modern motherboard manufactured in the past 10 years, it will run 10 with no problems.

    An SSD only runs so fast. The main reason people buy them is for laptops to not have the drive damaged if accidentally dropped and to help get longer battery life.

    If you are installing 10 on a machine that never had an OS installed. You will need a new livense. If you have purchased 8.1. You will most likely have to call to tell the automated system that the license is only used on 1 computer.

    It is more of what if's, until you actually get the machine up and running and install the OS.

    No one can tell you what will happen until you actually do it.
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  3.    26 May 2016 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by bro67 View Post
    What is M.2 2280? If it is a modern motherboard manufactured in the past 10 years, it will run 10 with no problems.

    An SSD only runs so fast. The main reason people buy them is for laptops to not have the drive damaged if accidentally dropped and to help get longer battery life.

    If you are installing 10 on a machine that never had an OS installed. You will need a new livense. If you have purchased 8.1. You will most likely have to call to tell the automated system that the license is only used on 1 computer.

    It is more of what if's, until you actually get the machine up and running and install the OS.

    No one can tell you what will happen until you actually do it.
    I don't mean to be rude, sir. But if you haven't even heard of M.2 then you probably shouldn't have replied to this thread. M.2 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I'm sorry if that came across as rude.
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  4.    26 May 2016 #4
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    Chuck pm badrobot, he uses a Samsung 950 950 PRO | Consumer SSD | Samsung V-NAND SSD
    Being that you game, it should make a difference, but ask @badrobot first. By the way make sure you get the most updatedNVMe driver for it.
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  5.    26 May 2016 #5
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    You should also check your mainboard's specs, some boards, depending on what else you are running on the X16 slot for PCIE, having the M.2 running as well as anything else may cut into the available PCIE lanes for your GPU Card ...

    My board has this issue however was corrected with a BIOS Update AFAIK (Since I'm not planning on getting an M.2 for it just yet).

    It should be great once setup though!
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  6.    26 May 2016 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck38 View Post
    Hello,

    I'm planning on upgrading my computer next year

    When I upgrade my PC I'll be upgrading my motherboard, so how would I go about installing Windows 10? Will I have to buy a installation disk?
    If you build it after July 29th this year, you will have to purchase Windows 10 for it.
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  7.    26 May 2016 #7
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    Anything and any information (correct & up to date) about SSDs, I go here: The SSD Review | The Worlds Dedicated SSD Education and Review Resource

    M.2 2280 - The SSD Review
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  8.    26 May 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    If you build it after July 29th this year, you will have to purchase Windows 10 for it.
    Well, shoot.
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  9.    26 May 2016 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by RWOne View Post
    You should also check your mainboard's specs, some boards, depending on what else you are running on the X16 slot for PCIE, having the M.2 running as well as anything else may cut into the available PCIE lanes for your GPU Card ...

    My board has this issue however was corrected with a BIOS Update AFAIK (Since I'm not planning on getting an M.2 for it just yet).

    It should be great once setup though!
    I'm going mITX so I will only have one PCIe slot. Here's the board I'm considering. ASUS Z170I PRO GAMING LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gbs USB 3.1 USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard - Newegg.com

    Keep in mind, however, I wouldn't be ordering parts till around this time next year.
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  10.    26 May 2016 #10
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    Chuck, you'll be fine. I checked your mobo of choice and it's matched with your M.2 SSD. It's PCIe x4 which is the minimum you need to run your M.2 at maximum speed of 2200+MBps.
    I replied to your PM about installing OS. Basically SSDs are meant as a boot drive for faster boot time of OSes and fast opening up of applications/programs. But now they're coming out in TBs too for storage purposes.

    As you have an upgraded Windows 10, I'm afraid you may not be able to transfer it to your new hardware and may need to get a new license/key.

    Enjoy!
    Last edited by badrobot; 26 May 2016 at 13:54.
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