always install fresh onto an SSD - start over with the SSD in the laptop and install windows after deleting any partitions
Well, Windows 8.1 came on my laptop, so I can't install it onto my SSD. I did originally try putting the SSD into my laptop and tried to boot Windows 7 from my disk drive, but that didn't work, I guess probably because of my computer's configured for Windows 8.1.
One thing you could check is to see if your partition is misaligned. Here's a link on how to check and fix if it is:LINK
Could also try a Windows repair from DVD.
Ok, I'll try that. I also made recovery discs before I began the cloning process, so I might be able to try that as well.