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: Installing on a new HD in another pc

23 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Installing on a new HD in another pc

I have promised to upgrade a friends old XP machine to Windows 7 on a larger spare HD. Can I format that HD on one of my PCs and install Windows7 etc and then take it down to him and plug it in? Would save a lot of my time, but wondered if it will work if not installed on the actual pc that it is going to be run on?

Thanks for any advice


My System SpecsSystem Spec

23 Mar 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

As an alternative, I suggest installing Windows 7 from a USB flash drive on your friend's PC. That's much quicker than using the DVD.

That assumes that all that you plan to give your friend is a Windows installation. Most of the setup time on the upgraded machine would be downloading and installing WIndows updates, plus installing and configuring all of the applications. (It's not permitted to do an upgrade-in-place from XP to Windows 7.)
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Installing on a new HD in another pc

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads for2: Installing on a new HD in another pc
Thread Forum
Solved Windows Updates Not Installing : Error Unknown (Sits on Installing) Windows Updates & Activation
Installing a ssd General Discussion
Installing XP with VirtualBox, Then Installing Programs to Virtual OS? Installation & Setup
Installing W7 on new SSD Installation & Setup
Installing Updates and Installing features part of windows setup menu Installation & Setup
Installing Second HDD Installation & Setup
Avg 9 is not installing after installing windows xp 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 11:42 AM.
Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33