Originally Posted by marshen
If I buy a new laptop and just take the HDD installed with windows out and install a new SSD in, and install it with Debian, will that workout? And will I be able to use that HHD with windows on say a desktop build?
If that new Laptop is 'UEFI' capable then you will need to use a Gnu/Linux that is able to install with 'UEFI' or disable secure boot to do a 'MBR' install. Of course you would need a full Windows 8/8.1 ISO. Be sure to get the product key for your current install. Most OEM no longer use a Product key sticker but imbed the key in BIOS. You can use; http://www.isunshare.com/product-key...-8-or-8.1.html
Yes, you can replace the HDD with a 'SSD'. As for moving that HDD from the Laptop and using it on another system then you will need to configure that install for the system to be placed in. Secure boot will not allow that HDD Windows install to just boot up in another system. Your product key is aligned/registered to the Laptop. Plus the init & driver files are configured to the Laptops needs.
If you have the Windows ISO then you could do a full install but you would need to register that copy to the new machine if the new machine supports 'UEFI'. If you read the MS EULA for the Windows install for the Laptop you will see the restrictions and allowances for that product key.
For a 'SSD install of Windows 8.1 for a Samsung Laptop. Be sure to look at the extended comment section; http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...1-aa214907b8f0
The guy in the above linked site was having a fit with support. Since when did Microsoft have a Microsoft Linux? News to me.
To use Win 8/8.1 then you can get; http://dellwindowsreinstallationguid...l-and-oem-iso/
to hopefully do a install. But get the product key before you remove the HDD.
Plus you can use: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...-refresh-media
You can find the same for other major Laptop manufactures by using a good search engine since we do not know which Laptop you will be purchasing. I like: https://duckduckgo.com/
Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy!