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Windows 7: Tutorial on how to install Windows 7 on new SSD?

24 Sep 2013   #1

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Tutorial on how to install Windows 7 on new SSD?

I want to buy an SSD, and make a fresh installation on the SSD. But how can I do it, since Windows OEM is only allowed to be installed on 1 hard drive, which is the current HDD. What do I need to do in order to delete Windows 7 from the HDD, and make a clean install of it on the SSD?

Thanks!

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24 Sep 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

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24 Sep 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
Thanks, I actually know this tutorial, but will it work the same if I simply choose the SSD drive at the beginning? I did some clean reinstalls before (learning from that tutorial), but I was wondering what happens if I need to switch between drives, will it be the same? I need to format the HDD first and then install on the SSD?
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24 Sep 2013   #4

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To clean install:
1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial: (not need if SSD is new)
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
than
2a) clean install with the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk.
2b) Clean Install Windows 7
2c) UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
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24 Sep 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mibaup View Post
I want to buy an SSD, and make a fresh installation on the SSD. But how can I do it, since Windows OEM is only allowed to be installed on 1 hard drive, which is the current HDD. What do I need to do in order to delete Windows 7 from the HDD, and make a clean install of it on the SSD?

Thanks!
You can use your Win 7 OEM disk and install on the SSD using the Clean Install Tutorial above. After things are OK you can remove the OS from the HHD == If you are only wanting to Transfer the OS from the HDD to the SSD you can use this tutorial SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System There are two options for doing this in the tutorial. One is the hard way and one is to spend $20, get a program that does it for you.
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24 Sep 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Thanks, I was just wondering what will happen if I will install Windows 7 on the SSD, and not formatting the installation from the old drive, is that possible?
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24 Sep 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mibaup View Post
Thanks, I was just wondering what will happen if I will install Windows 7 on the SSD, and not formatting the installation from the old drive, is that possible?
You now have Win 7 on your HDD which is Drive C: If you install the SSD and install Win 7 to it, the SSD will become Drive C: and the other Win 7 on the HDD will become a different drive letter. The SSD would then contain the Win 7 that would boot. I did that when I installed my SSD. After a while when the SSD is like you want, you can format the HDD or just remove it. == When you boot the SSD, it should be marked as Active. Probably the HDD is still marked as Active also. You would want to take the active off of the HDD. Use this tutorial Partition - Mark as Inactive
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24 Sep 2013   #8

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...Additionally, from the previously mentioned tutorial, Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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8. Unplug all other HD's and peripherals except ethernet, Boot the Windows 7 installer, choose Custom Install, then Drive Options (Advanced) to Delete all partitions not needed, repartition and format as shown in Steps 7 and 8 of Clean Install Windows 7.
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25 Sep 2013   #9
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By unplugging all other HD's you'll make sure a Dual Boot is not created with the extant OS, and boot files are not mistakenly written or moved to another HD's partition which might be preceding the install partition or errantly marked Active.

When you plug back in the other HD after install, you can of course access it's files through Explorer, but you can also boot it using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key. When ready to delete the OS either delete its partition in Disk Mgmt, or wipe the HD of all code to get it cleanest using Diskpart Clean Command
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25 Sep 2013   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
By unplugging all other HD's you'll make sure a Dual Boot is not created with the extant OS, and boot files are not mistakenly written or moved to another HD's partition which might be preceding the install partition or errantly marked Active.

When you plug back in the other HD after install, you can of course access it's files through Explorer, but you can also boot it using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key. When ready to delete the OS either delete its partition in Disk Mgmt, or wipe the HD of all code to get it cleanest using Diskpart Clean Command
Thanks so from what you're saying I can have windows OEM installed on two hard drives as long as it is on the same computer and even boot from any hard drive if I want?
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