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Windows 7: Installed an SSD on custom pc, explorer.exe error & start menu no work

04 Dec 2013   #31
ForeverHeights

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Sorry am I babysitting my baby cousin so I have to keep an eye on him so i didnt read it properly. I got to the "Create partition primary assign letter=C" part and it says something like "argument not valid or something like that. I tried multiple times, readying the "help creating partition" in cmd now


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04 Dec 2013   #32
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Leave assign letter=C off
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04 Dec 2013   #33
ForeverHeights

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after i am done with cmd I mean. I finished the other steps
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04 Dec 2013   #34
whs
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If you are done with cmd, do the installation. Choose 'custom installation' and direct the installer to that partition.
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04 Dec 2013   #35
ForeverHeights

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So once i have completed the installation of windows on my SSD I go into my BIOS, make my SSD the first thing in my boot order correct? Then what do I do with my HDD? It has windows installed on it, and all my other stuff. Do I somehow uninstall windows from it and everything else then start from scratch? I do have the HDD backed up on my external HDD. Thanks again for all the help. I really appreciate your time and patience with me.
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04 Dec 2013   #36
whs
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Yes you have to change the bootorder in the BIOS.

I would leave the old system for a bit until you are comfortable with the new installation. Then you probably want to leave your user data on the HDD. There are several ways to go about that. Do you have an external drive with sufficient free space to which we could temporarily copy your user data.
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04 Dec 2013   #37
ForeverHeights

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Yes I have approximately 100 or 200 GB left of space on it i believe. If you have the time, would you mind telling me how to do that? If not its okay. Windows is around 50% done downloading just so you know.
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04 Dec 2013   #38
ForeverHeights

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

When I boot from the SSD a screen comes up and says "windows failed to start due to a hardware change" or something along those lines. It gives me a few options to choose from but if I wait a bit it goes back to the re-installation screen and says its completing the installation. Is this supposed to happen?
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04 Dec 2013   #39
ForeverHeights

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Excuse my ignorance, it seems to be working fine now and guiding me through the process. Is there any way I could donate you money for all of your help? i have a disposable credit card that i could use. Its the least I could do for all of your help
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04 Dec 2013   #40
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would deal as follows with the old OS partition on the HDD - all operations from the new OS on the HDD.

1. Copy all the user data (Documents, Music, Videos, Pictures, Downloads) from that partition to the external disk. And do not forget to make a backup of your Favorites in Internet Explorer or whatever browser you use. Make a seperate folder for all that stuff on your external disk so that it does not get mixed up with other files.

2. Once you are sure that everything that is worth keeping is backed up, go into Disk Management and delete that partition and the volume until you have unallocated space. Then create a new partition in that unallocated space.

3. Now copy the saved folders Documents, Music, etc. to that new partiton. The downloads you copy into the download folder of the SSD. The Favorites you import to the Internet Explorer.

4. Rename the 4 folders on the new HDD partition to e.g. Old Documents, Old Music, Old Videos, Old Pictures. I named mine Whs Documents, Whs Music, etc. So you choose what you like. You will see later why this is good to do.

5. Now right click on each of those renamed folders and INCLUDE them into the approriate library - Documents to the documents library, Music to the music library, etc.

6. Now you will have this situation in your libraries - note my folders on the HDD start with Whs


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