Quote: Originally Posted by FrankFitz
Can I just clarify.
I would disconnect, physically, my existing C: drive by taking out the power plug inside the pc case, switching back on then insert CD to start?
Sorry to be be pedantic but not very savvy with PC's but great with cameras
Your first post implies that you have 2 hard drives: an old one and a new larger one that you want to install Windows on.
The old drive should NOT be connected. It should have 2 cables connected to it. Disconnect them.
The new drive should be connected since it is the one that will get the new Windows installation.
Of course, your DVD drive needs to be connected as well.
After you have Windows installed and running well on the new drive, you can then reconnect the old drive and reformat it or whatever you need to do.
If you had 2 drives connected and tried to do a clean install onto the new drive, there is some chance that some Windows files would be placed on the old drive---you don't want that. Therefore disconnect the old drive so that CAN'T happen.
During the installation to the new hard drive, deliberately delete all existing partitions at the partitioning screen. Look for "drive options, advanced".
Of course, confirm that you have backups of all data before you do any of this.
You will also need your 25 character Product Key to activate Windows. Do you have this?