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Windows 7: Brand new SSD, How to Install Win 7 (Confused)

04 Feb 2011   #1

Window 7 Pro 32bit
Brand new SSD, How to Install Win 7 (Confused)

I just purchased a SSD that is brand new, nothing installed, nothing done. I DO NOT want to do a cloning operation of my current HD to this new SSD drive.

I want a fresh, new, clezn install. I am getting mixed messages (Partition, No need to partition, Format, No need to format) ???

I am confused. Again, I will install a new clean SSD with nothing on it..

** can I just boot from the DVD and thats it?
** Does this SSD need to be "initialized"?

Whats the best way?!?

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04 Feb 2011   #2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

can I just boot from the DVD and thats it?
Pretty much

Best to set your SSD as first HD in bios boot order.

Then boot the dvd , follow the simple instructions - MS make it easy, a child can do it.
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04 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64

Personally, I would disconnect any other hard drives before installing Windows on the SSD. Then reconnect the drives. This minimizes the possibility of error or having the boot partition on the wrong drive.
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04 Feb 2011   #4
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Here are other tips for gettings a purrfect install:

If you install to new SSD, the installer will issue a 100mb System Reserved boot partition which conveniently places the Repair Console (normally only on the DVD or Repair CD) on the F8 Advanced Boot Tools menu. So I would choose Custom Install and then Drive Options to partition as you wish and format: Clean Install Windows 7

The installer is mostly driver-complete, with newer arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates. Just in case, have your Ethernet/Wireless driver on flash stick or CD so you can get online to Update quickly. Then enable hardware driver auto-updating: and check optional Updates.

Any drivers then missing in Device Manager can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer or device. Driver Install - Device Manager

Install updates and then programs slowly over time to gauge performance after each. Limit programs that write themselves into msconfig>Startup as they slow startup, become freeloaders on your RAM/CPU and can spy on you. I only allow AV and gadgets. Startup Programs - Change

Use a lightweight free AV like MS Security Essentials which works perfectly with Windows 7 Firewall.

When it is finished, clean and order the HD perfectly using state-of-the-art free CCleaner then Auslogics Disk Defragger monthly.
CCleaner - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET

Then save a Windows 7 Backup image externally so you never have to reinstall again, just reimage the HD or replacement using DVD or Repair CD from stored image. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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05 Feb 2011   #5

Window 7 Pro 32bit

thanks everyone for the posting,

I installed my new SSD, connected my DVD, and booted to the DVDDrive, Windows 7 took care of everything, no decisions to be made, it was painless, thank you all for the responses
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