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Windows 7: Re-installation of Windows 7/64 on SSD from Dual Boot

13 Apr 2013   #41
Movick

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I've read through the numerous articles you've linked (thanks man); unless I'm missing something however, it seems the simple plan I have in mind will (in my case) offer the path of least resistance. In the future, I can always fiddle with all of the procedures outlined in the articles linked. I just don't have the time or patience at this very moment to print out and follow all of those involved steps when I believe my plan will produce the desired result.

My objective for the short term is to simply increase the size of my SSD without interrupting my workflow too terribly. I believe the following plan should do what I need:

(1) Power down and remove my "D" drive (just a 2TB instenal storage drive).
(2) I snap in the new SSD.
(3) I reboot using the existing XP drive to Win 7 and migrate the smaller SSD to the new SSD internally via SATA.
(4) Power down and swap the old SSD with the newly migrated larger one.
(5) I reboot using the XP drive as always and test the new SSD.
(6) If successful, I'll keep the dual boot config as it is (for now) and use the larger SSD as my former "C" drive. I'll keep the smaller SSD as an emergency back-up drive.

Anything wrong with my plan? I sure hope not!!

Thanks,
Movick


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13 Apr 2013   #42
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Try it and see.

If Win7 won't boot mark it Active, set it's HD to boot first, then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until it boots and holds its own System Active flags.

You can then either boot XP via the one-time BIOS Boot menu key, or install EasyBCD to Win7 to add XP to a Dual Boot.
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15 Apr 2013   #43
Movick

7/64
 
 

OK, I cloned the new SSD and got it working as the boot drive.

Initially, it wouldn't boot when I changed it out for the old SSD on the dual-boot set-up.

When I selected Windows 7 from the dual boot option, Windows could not find the device or O/S (new cloned SSD in place of old) - it suggested a repair/installation disc...yada, yada. I re-swapped the old SSD and booted to 7. I made "C" active, changed-out the SSD again (new one installed) and discoed the old "X" drive entirely. Windows boots to 7 without the dual boot config now - I can live with it.

I'm curious if it's possible to doctor up a few quirks windows 7 is exhibiting such as programs stopping, IE issues/crashes, Flash player problems in Chrome, etc.

As well, I notice that Win 7 takes longer to load from BIOS than before (counted 20 Mississippi). After BIOS specifies "loading O/S", I see the Windows 7 moniker but there seems to be a delay in the formation and appearance of the dynamic Windows 7 logo. I don't remember it taking as long as it does now. I'm not particularly impatient, I'm just curious if that indicates any potential boot issues.

I'd like to explore cleaning up this installation in lieu of a full re-installation if possible. I discovered that a few of my 3rd party programs have limited re-activation attempts and I'd rather not waste them.

As always, all suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance!
Movick
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15 Apr 2013   #44
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Any software you own can be reinstalled if you have the installer and Product Key. I know of none that limit the number of times you can reinstall it. Some people reinstall their PC's regularly. Of course that's not necessary with drive imaging, as now you can do one perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 and once its set up capture it with backup imaging so you never have to reinstall again. This is the modern way.

To go over your current install work through the Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7.

In addition I'd run a few Startup Repairs to make sure everything is correct with the boot.

If nothing turns up yet nothing improves you can run a Repair Install which keeps everything in place while reinstalling the OS including reconfiguring its boot.

However if you decide to reinstall I'd wipe the HD of boot code with Diskpart Clean Command as this could be an underlying problem only remedied that way.
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15 Apr 2013   #45
Movick

7/64
 
 

"Any software you own can be reinstalled if you have the installer and Product Key. I know of none that limit the number of times you can reinstall it."

Likno Software (Web Builders for CSS Menu,Javascript Menu,Drop-Down Menu,Modal Window,Slider,Scroller,Tooltip,Accordion, etc.) - every install requires a live activation, each of which requires you to log into your account, enter your installation number on the website, you in turn receive an activation code which is good for one installation. I have 2-3 remaining on each of several programs i own from them.

I'll look into the repairs etc. and see what sticks.

Thanx
Movick
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