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Windows 7: Switching drives with OS

10 Aug 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Switching drives with OS

I have a new computer arriving tomorrow, with a 500Gb hard drive and no OS.

I have a new 1TB drive, however, so I thought I would save time by installing Windows 7 on it today, together with a few programs, then just swop the drives when the new one arrives.

However, I've just realised that the motherboard, graphics, audio and ethernet drivers will almost certainly be wrong. Will my plan work - will I simply be able to install the new drivers when the machine turns up?

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10 Aug 2014   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Can you maybe but most likely no.
For sure you shouldn't.
The new computer with the new drive deserves a fresh Clean Install of Windows 7. Windows 7 will install most all drivers needed.

Doing what your thinking of would be nothing but a mess if it ever did boot.

Read through this tutorial.

By Brink:
Clean Install Windows 7
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10 Aug 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks for that. Unfortunately, I've lost a heap of stuff through a hard drive hardware failure, because I failed to do a recent back-up, and I was trying to get a head start today.
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10 Aug 2014   #4

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