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How do I go from Windows 7 with a HDD to a clean install of Window 8.1 on a SSD?

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March 14, 2014 5:17:43 PM

How do I go from Windows 7 with a HDD to a clean install of Window 8.1 on a SSD?

Sorry I am kind of a noob at this but, where would I get all my drivers for my Samsung laptop from? Will I be able to get them from my backup image? How do you do you guys suggest I make the move to Windows 8.1 with a SSD on my Samsung machine? I hope I post this in the correct thread. Thanks for your help!
March 14, 2014 5:25:20 PM

ok, you can buy windows 8/8.1 online, and download it to your flash drive. then you instal it to your ssd, and also move over any files and programs you want from your hdd to your ssd. i think there is an easier way to do it, but im not 100% sure.
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March 14, 2014 5:26:18 PM

You do that by buying Windows 8.1, and installing on the new SSD.
You go to the manufacturers website and download all the relevant drivers. Put them on a USB stick.

Disconnect all other drives, install on the new SSD, and go.
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March 14, 2014 5:26:53 PM

First off, you need to verify that Windows 8.1 is fully compatible with your laptop. To do so, you need to go to the Samsung support page for your particular model laptop and see if the Windows 8.1 drivers are there. If they are there, then you can safely assume you can install Windows 8.1 onto your laptop.

What you should probably do is go ahead and download those Windows 8.1 drivers onto a thumbdrive. That way, you have them already when you've installed Windows 8.1. Next, you will want to back up any data files you want to keep onto something like an external drive or burn them to a CD/DVD. Once your data is safe, remove the hard drive. Install the SSD. Insert the Windows 8.1 OS DVD into the drive (or other install medium) and boot your system from that. Install Windows 8.1, return your data to your system and you should be good to start re-installing all of your programs (assuming they're 8.1 compatible).

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March 14, 2014 5:40:32 PM

Cool thanks for the clear replies. You guys have answered my question and made me think of stuff. But I got my Windows 8.1 in a iso format. Will I be able to boot into the iso?
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March 14, 2014 5:43:22 PM

The ISO can be burned to a DVD, at which point you have installation media. Conversely, if you prefer to install from a USB memory stick instead, here are Microsoft's instructions for doing so with their provided utility: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/html/pbPage.H...
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March 14, 2014 5:51:09 PM

Wow thank you that is the perfect solution. This is what I will do.


bigpinkdragon286 said:
The ISO can be burned to a DVD, at which point you have installation media. Conversely, if you prefer to install from a USB memory stick instead, here are Microsoft's instructions for doing so with their provided utility: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/html/pbPage.H...


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March 14, 2014 5:51:22 PM

can we please see your laptops specs? that will help us determine if windows 8.1 is compatable (which it probly is, we just wanna be sure).
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March 14, 2014 5:55:23 PM

best answer picked by Danbuscus25
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a b $ Windows 7
March 14, 2014 8:00:49 PM

He's running Windows 7 already, it's a pretty safe bet his equipment will run 8.1 better than it ran 7.
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March 14, 2014 8:10:28 PM

yup, unless he is running like ddr ram, not even ddr2, and a pentium 3 cpu XD
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March 14, 2014 8:16:00 PM

Windows 8.x utilizes system resources better than Windows 7, so I would respectfully disagree about your components being a deciding factor, unless Windows 8.x specifically excludes support for the items you mentioned.

On the other hand, he's running an SSD, which means his laptop would have a SATA interface, so the age of the components you mention seem a bit out of sorts anyway.
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March 14, 2014 8:34:05 PM

unless you made your own mobo with ddr ram, max of 512mb, pentium 3, and soldered in a sata 1 port XD
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