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Windows 7: clean install of Windows 7 on new 250GB SSD

22 Sep 2015   #1
RogerAttila

Windows 7 Home Premium on Tower PC and Windows 32 bit Professional on Laptop
 
 
clean install of Windows 7 on new 250GB SSD

This is my first post on this web site. I certainly not a guru and could use some help of this is the way you ask for it. At 78 I am kind of slow and methodical but am willing to follow detailed instructions as to how to keep my old pc going.

The Windows community has convinced me to do a clean install of Windows 7 on a new 250GB SSD that is replacing my HDD. The C: HDD is getting errors when I use Seagate's SeaTools programs and my PC has really slowed down to a crawl. in trying to repair my C: HDD I have run System File Checker multiple times (no Problems). Checkdisk multiple times /f/r options. it only shows errors on stage 5 of 5 free space verification and correcting errors in the volume bitmap.
My latest Windows Backup on a flash drive and a Windows System image on the External HDD are considered not reliable by the community and they strongly recommend a clean install of Windows 7
I have the WIN 7 DVD with product key that I purchased when I went from XP to Win 7. I have the other SW apps product DVDs. Although I have a Windows Backup and a Windows 7 System Image I have been told, and I believe, that this would be dangerous to use vs doing a clean install. Now that I am convinced to do just that I want to be pro-active in making sure that I do it right.
Is there a step by step process documented anywhere that will take me through this install. I need to save years of data from all of my pc applications, e.g., Quicken, Word, Excel, Adobe, email, etc.
My PC competence is So So and I don't pretend to be a guru in this area.
thank you.


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22 Sep 2015   #2
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RogerAttila View Post
This is my first post on this web site. I certainly not a guru and could use some help of this is the way you ask for it. At 78 I am kind of slow and methodical but am willing to follow detailed instructions as to how to keep my old pc going.
Hi Roger, welcome to the Seven Forums.

The process of clean installing and restoring your data is quite straight forward. You can use Windows Easy Transfer (WET) to backup your personal data, all your documents, images and such, then clean install and finally retrieve the backed up data again using WET.
  • Step 1: Use WET to transfer your settings and data to an external hard disk or USB drive
  • Step 2: Clean install Windows 7 on your new SSD
  • Step 3: Use WET to restore your settings and data
Tutorials:If you have any questions or issues either with WET or clean install, please post your questions in respective tutorial thread. Any other concerns, please post here or start a new thread in an appropriate section of our forums.

Kari
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23 Sep 2015   #3
RogerAttila

Windows 7 Home Premium on Tower PC and Windows 32 bit Professional on Laptop
 
 

If you have any questions or issues either with WET or clean install, please post your questions in respective tutorial thread. Any other concerns, please post here or start a new thread in an appropriate section of our forums.

Kari

Thank you Kari, I am going to follow the procedure you posted to my question to install Windows 7 on my new SSD.
I have reviewed the tutorials you posted and there are comments about partitioning. I am replacing a 160GB HDD with a 250GB SSD. My C: drive was not partitioned, except for what Windows does, when this PC was purchased. From a performance standpoint, is partitioning advisable for this new SSD. After many years I still have used only 100GB of my HDD. Don't game or work with music, just email, Word, Excel and hopefully Nuance speech to text as I am badly crippled and can barely type. Would now be the best time to create partitions on this SSD if you feel that is necessary. Thank you.
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23 Sep 2015   #4
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

In your case Roger I am not sure if I would partition that SSD at all, I think I would keep the whole drive as one partition. Another option would be, based on what you told about your current HDD usage, to give C: 80 to 100 GB and the rest for a data partition D:.
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24 Sep 2015   #5
RogerAttila

Windows 7 Home Premium on Tower PC and Windows 32 bit Professional on Laptop
 
 

Kari, I will follow your 1st thought and that is just leave the SSD alone. I have used this PC for many years with the HDD not partitioned the speed of gained using an SSD is supposed to be much faster so I will go with that and start the WEW now. I formatted my external HDD and will easy transfer to that. I appreciate your help and hope not to bother you as I get this PC squared away. Thanks.
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25 Sep 2015   #6
RogerAttila

Windows 7 Home Premium on Tower PC and Windows 32 bit Professional on Laptop
 
 

Kari,
I did WET to external HDD with no problems.
Moved IDE cables from old HDD C: to new SSD. Installed Clean install Windows 7 from DVD. No partitions on the new 250GB SSD. Install ran clean until I tried to do a Windows Update and the PC went into a loop looking for updates. Have no idea why. Thought I better install VIPRE, my Internet Security and Antivirus program. Install started and in the midst of downloading files and installing .NET framework PC went into a loop. Have no idea why. I can do a restart from SSD so the operating system boots up fine. I can access the internet but I don't want to do the reverse WET on to the new SSD until I figure out why the pc looping is going on.
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26 Sep 2015   #7
RogerAttila

Windows 7 Home Premium on Tower PC and Windows 32 bit Professional on Laptop
 
 

I am a new user to these forums and have been using the following post to do a Clean install of Windows 7 on a new SSD that I had to install to replace my old C: HDD that won't pass SeaTools disk diagnostics.
Clean Install Windows 7
The author of this thread listed this thread for Partitioning questions. In going down your thread I notice that the screens and steps are different (Step 2 and Step 3) than the Clean install post above. Step 2 appears to be a key step as you are told to go and download and install Windows updates before continuing with the installation and staying connected to the Internet throughout the installation. Yet when I install from my DVD I don't see the screens that you have posted in Steps 2 & 3.
How do I get to the stage to go and get updates prior to continuing with the installation? Thank you.
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26 Sep 2015   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It`s not essential to install updates when you install windows, I`ve never done it and always install them after.

If there is no network driver installed yet, you can`t even get online, I wouldn`t worry about updates til you`re done the install.
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27 Sep 2015   #9
RogerAttila

Windows 7 Home Premium on Tower PC and Windows 32 bit Professional on Laptop
 
 

Thanks. I won't worry about the updates. I can get online with no problem. In my case after I completed the Clean install, according to my screens it was successful, then I went to do windows update and the PC went into a loop with the screen showing looking for updates. I had to go into task mgr and end this task and it was the only task that was running. I used this same DVD to do a clean install of Windows about a year ago to replace Windows XP after they dropped support for XP. Had no problems whatsoever. The only thing different is that I am installing the clean install to a new SSD instead of an HDD.
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28 Sep 2015   #10
RogerAttila

Windows 7 Home Premium on Tower PC and Windows 32 bit Professional on Laptop
 
 

From RogerAttila.
This is what I would like to do. I purchased the signal cable, already have many power cable plugs, to connect my SSD to the motherboard while still leaving my old HDD installed. I can then use my PC, booting from the old HDD that has problems to get work done, that I must do. Then when I can work on solving the Clean Install of Windows 7 problem on the new SSD, I can switch over to the SSD without having to un-cable anything to switch between the old HDD and the new SSD. I will have to watch when I get to selecting which drive to do the clean install to from my DVD, but that should be all I have to do. Is that correct or am I missing something?
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