Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Switching to SSD with Windows 7 Upgrade Edition

26 Nov 2011   #1
Bisby

Windows 7 Professional 64
 
 
Switching to SSD with Windows 7 Upgrade Edition

Hi, I'm sure this has been covered many times, but I'm having a little trouble finding advice specific to my situation.

I just ordered an SSD and will be migrating my Windows 7 64 install over to it. Most people seem to say I should do a fresh install instead of cloning the old drive. Currently my OS is on a partition on my HDD, while the rest of my files reside on a different partition on the same drive.

Where this gets slightly trickier is that my version of Windows 7 is an upgrade edition. From what I remember reading before my initial install, the installer is much happier and the process is much smoother if it can detect an existing Windows installation somewhere on the system. But on the other hand, everyone seems to advise disconnecting all drives but the SSD when installing (to avoid having the boot loader install on the wrong drive?).

I can't have it both ways. The closest I've found to someone with my same dilemma is here: Upgrade Installation - To new SSD From XP

It sounds like in the end he had to do the reinstall workaround (install Windows 7 again over the invalidated installation). Is that what I'm going to have to do? Is there any easier way?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
26 Nov 2011   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Have a look at this tutorial, which shows you how carry out a clean install with a Windows 7 upgrade disc.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

This one shows you how to optimize your SSD before you install Windows.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Nov 2011   #3
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I did what you are planning about 6 months ago. I had a Windows 7 upgrade disk installation on an HDD and wanted to change to an SSD.

I encountered no problems. I considered cloning or imaging, but instead did a clean install with my upgrade disk after first disconnecting my HDD.


The SSD was brand new. You have to own a qualifying Windows disk to be able to legally install the upgrade Windows 7, but I've never heard anyone else say "the installer is much happier and the process is much smoother if it can detect an existing Windows installation somewhere on the system".

I can't even recall if I had to do the registry workaround, but it's a 2 minute job to do it.

The whole thing is quite problem-free. Windows will recognize that it's an SSD and make a few adjustments accordingly.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

27 Nov 2011   #4
gregrocker

 

No need to prepare the SSD for install, especially Cleaning with Diskpart which is hard on an SSD.

Just boot installer with only SSD plugged in, adapt these steps to clean reinstall: Reinstalling Windows 7

Leave the Product Key blank during install, then afterwards do the quick registry workaround SeaVixen link and Ignaz referred to just above. Then activate at Control Panel>System.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Switching to SSD with Windows 7 Upgrade Edition




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
How to install x64 Upgrade Edition on new HD
I have gone all the way through step 13 of this guide: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1649-clean-install-windows-7-a.html When I get to enter the product ID, it says it won't accept it. When I talk to Microsoft, they say I have to have XP already installed on this new HDD in order to use...
Installation & Setup
Activating windows 7 upgrade edition using a retail key?
Can I activate my install of Windows 7 Upgrade edition using a retail full version product key? My old laptop is dead but it had the windows 7 upgrade edition installed on it. So I can't seem to "deactivate" it on this old laptop. My new laptop I installed this copy of windows on it. And can't...
Windows Updates & Activation
error code 0x800705 when installing windows 7 upgrade student edition
I am trying to upgrade my pc from windows xp 32 bit to windows 7 64 bit using the the error code comes up at random time i have tried the following 1 removing all usb devices 2 tryed to disable raid 3 removing all internal components apart from the HDD and the DVD rom 4 removing all but...
Installation & Setup
Win 7 x64 Ultimate Upgrade Edition
Hi, I am about to purchase an Upgrade Edition of Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit, but it says you must have Windows XP or Windows Vista to install and will be installing on a computer with no OS Pre-Installed and currently have no keys or CDs. How will I be able to clean install with this: Windows 7...
Software
Upgrade from starter using a Home edition upgrade
I want to upgrade my wifes netbook to Home Edition. Its running Windows 7 Starter. I know how to use the Anytime Upgrade, but I have a Family Pack Windows 7 Home Edition Upgrade Retail box/disc. I have only used one of the upgrades of the family pack. Can I use another to upgrade the Starter...
Installation & Setup
Windows 7 Pro Upgrade Edition
I have Windows 7 Pro Upgrade Edition 32bit ATM as i am a student and got it as student edition i only got the 32bit disc I wanted to know was there a place i can get the offical 64bit iso from and will my 32bit key work on it? Thanks
Installation & Setup


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 23:35.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App