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Windows 7: Clean install on a SSD instead of a HDD (can I use my COA?)

11 Nov 2012   #1
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Clean install on a SSD instead of a HDD (can I use my COA?)

I have an Acer Aspire One. It has a 300GB HDD. If I buy a SSD and install it, will I be able to download the same version of Windows (Home Premium 64) and use the same number on the bottom of the netbook to activate Windows? Or will installing a SSD cause me to buy a retail copy?

Thank you.


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11 Nov 2012   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Yes, you can use the same number on the bottom of the netbook to activate, but must delete the OLD INSTALL.

Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key
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11 Nov 2012   #3
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

The old HDD will be formatted once I'm sure the new SSD and OS are working properly.
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11 Nov 2012   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Everything you need is here including the installer to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

You can also consider SSD - Install and transfer the Operating System.

If space is or becomes short on the SSD you can copy User folders to the HD, rightclick to add to their related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums
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12 Nov 2012   #5
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Will there be any advantage in me buying a OEM version: Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Operating Systems and a SSD at the same time? I'm just looking at my options for doing a clean install. I still have to head to Acer's website and download the drivers I'll need.
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12 Nov 2012   #6
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Do you have use for a NEW COA key?
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12 Nov 2012   #7
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HAVOC View Post
Will there be any advantage in me buying a OEM version: Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Operating Systems and a SSD at the same time? I'm just looking at my options for doing a clean install. I still have to head to Acer's website and download the drivers I'll need.
When you purchased your PC, you also purchased a Win 7 license. The product key which is the sticker on your PC is your license. There is no reason to buy a new one from Newegg. You can go to this site Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life download the ISO of the version you have and burn a copy on a DVD at no more that 4X. This will be exactly what you would buy from Newegg. You can then activate using the same sticker on your PC.
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12 Nov 2012   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HAVOC View Post
Will there be any advantage in me buying a OEM version: Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Operating Systems and a SSD at the same time? I'm just looking at my options for doing a clean install. I still have to head to Acer's website and download the drivers I'll need.
Did you even read the tutorial I linked which shows how this is done?

It provides the installer to use with the license you already own, so why would you buy a new one?

It also is quite specific about how Win7 handles drivers in these cases, so I don't know why you're going on about Acer drivers.

Please pay attention to our help so we're not just wasting our time.
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13 Nov 2012   #9
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I was just seeing which might be easier. Some ISO's I've burned didn't work, maybe because of the write speed I had the burn set to. I now know to set it at 4X.
I've read some of the tutorial. I'll read the whole thing and add anything that I may have an issue with after the install.
Sorry if I made it seem like I wasn't following your advice. This netbook is the only computer I have available right now, my main system is apart waiting for me to transfer the parts into a new case.
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17 Nov 2012   #10
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

My clean install went well. I found a way to make restore disks using Acer software which is preloaded on the netbook. I made the restore disk set which uses 4 DVD's and then made a AppDrv disk (1 DVD) that has all drivers and programs that come preinstalled. It's nice to have if I ever want to put this thing back to the way it came out the box. I also had to use the AppDrv disk to install drivers after installing 7.
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