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Just got SSD. Want to do clean install, but already used W7 OEM on HDD?

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  • Hard Drives
  • Windows 7
  • OEM
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October 6, 2013 3:02:13 PM

Just got my new Samsung EVO SSD and want to install W7 on it.

The thing is that my W7 copy is OEM, and I've already used it on the HDD I'm currently using. So how will I go about this? I'm not changing anything but the storage.

Thanks!

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October 6, 2013 3:09:19 PM

The license for the OS is tied to the motherboard. You can install Windows 7 on the SSD (provided you remove it from the HDD).

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October 6, 2013 3:15:03 PM

Wolfshadw said:
The license for the OS is tied to the motherboard. You can install Windows 7 on the SSD (provided you remove it from the HDD).

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So let me get this right just for clarification. Is this the general process I can follow?

1. Backup just my data files from HDD (music/pics/etc.)
2. Uninstall W7 from HDD (and format it)
3. Install W7 to SSD

How's that?
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October 6, 2013 3:16:06 PM

reSurGam said:
Just got my new Samsung EVO SSD and want to install W7 on it.

The thing is that my W7 copy is OEM, and I've already used it on the HDD I'm currently using. So how will I go about this? I'm not changing anything but the storage.

Thanks!



With the computer shut down, disconnect the HDD(s) and connect the SSD. Reboot and go into the BIOS. Be sure that SATA mode is set to AHCI. Boot into the Windows install and install the OS onto the SSD. After installation and updating Windows and drivers, shut down and reinstall your HDD(s). Boot into the BIOS and be sure that your new SSD is ahead of the HDD(s) in the boot order. Save and re-boot into Windows. Now do as you wish with your old Windows installation on the HDD.

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October 6, 2013 3:16:42 PM

Yes, that's the gist of it. You may also want to look into cloning your hard drive to your SSD (depending on the sizes involved).

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October 6, 2013 3:19:38 PM

You should know that there is no fast way to transfer your OEM windows to the SSD..

PS: To install the windows on an SSD you must perform a "Clean Install" - it means disconnecting all your other storage devices before you install the windows so NOTHING but the SSD will be connected during Windows installation.

Edit: Do you even have the serial Num'?
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October 6, 2013 3:21:37 PM

Wolfshadw said:
Yes, that's the gist of it. You may also want to look into cloning your hard drive to your SSD (depending on the sizes involved).

-Wolf sends


Cloning being an alternative to the checklist I have above, right? That wouldn't cause any sort of relatively slower speeds compared to a clean install, would it?

Thanks, by the way.

charmer said:
You should know that there is no fast way to transfer your OEM windows to the SSD..

PS: To install the windows on an SSD you must perform a "Clean Install" - it means disconnecting all your other storage devices before you install the windows so NOTHING but the SSD will be connected during Windows installation.

Edit: Do you even have the serial Num'?


In that case, I will have already backed up and formatted the HDD by then, right? Or will it be like Y0GI's method above where I can just leave W7 on the HDD and deal with it later.

EDIT: And yes, I still have the disc and the product key it comes with.
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