I recently bought a new PC and it comes with a built-in 1TB Hard Drive and Windows 8 installed on it. I wanted to make the operations faster and bought a 250GB Samsung SSD and installed it on my computer. When I turn on my operating system I can see my SSD drive in "My Computer".
Now, what I want to do is the following:
I would like to install Windows 7 on my SSD and make it my only OS. Consequently, after I install Windows 7 I want to delete Windows 8 from my 1TB Hard Drive and just use that drive for storing my files.
Can you please guide me through the process. I am not technologically advanced, therefore I would need your help. Thank you all in advance.
Shut down Computer- Unplug HDD, power on and install windows 7 on SSD, you may need to select 'boot from disk/usb (depending on what media you are installing from)' in system bios. After W7 is installed you can then format/or delete windows files.
Do you have a Windows 7 installation disk? Assuming you do, do the following:
- Disconnect the Windows 8 disk from the PC (disconnecting the SATA data cable will do it). Don't have two disks connected when installing Windows. Connect your new SSD.
- When the Windows 7 installation disk boots up it should only find one disk (your SSD). Select that disk as the one to install Windows on. Click Next and let Windows do its thing.
- After Windows 7 is installed, install device drivers for the motherboard (from your motherboard CD or downloaded from your motherboard's website). Things like LAN port, sound chip, chipset drivers, etc. Windows 7 may find most of them but maybe not all.
- After Windows 7 is installed and updated and patched, turn the PC off and re-connect your old drive in addition to your SSD. You may have to go into BIOS to make sure that your SSD is still the first boot device, so it will boot up Windows 7 instead of Windows 8 from the old disk. Using either Disk Manager or Windows Explorer you can then format the old drive or repartition it.