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upgrading from windows 7 to 8.1

I have a windows 7 OS on a 1 TB Western Digital blue. I want to buy an ssd and upgrade from windows 7 to 8.1 while having windows 8.1 on the ssd. How can I upgrade it?
I only want the upgrade, and was wondering how can I do that and have the new OS on the ssd?


update 1: thank you for quick replies. my plan is to install windows 8.1 from Microsoft's website, since it's cheaper for students. I also should have mentioned that I have important files on windows 7 that I'd like to keep.
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  1. You could transfer your Win7 installation on the SSD using 'Backup and Recovery' options within the OS (normal procedure for upgrading your HDD). Then proceed with the upgrade (while booted from the SSD).
  2. Best answer
    No, that won't work. Nor should you.

    An 'upgrade' takes this OS, and transforms it in place to the newer version. Going to a new drive.....that's a reinstall.
    And going from a HDD to an SSD...a clean reinstall on the new drive is always recommended.
  3. house70 said:
    You could transfer your Win7 installation on the SSD using 'Backup and Recovery' options within the OS (normal procedure for upgrading your HDD). Then proceed with the upgrade (while booted from the SSD).


    I give that chain of events 50/50 (at best) as to working optimally when all is done.
  4. USAFRet said:
    house70 said:
    You could transfer your Win7 installation on the SSD using 'Backup and Recovery' options within the OS (normal procedure for upgrading your HDD). Then proceed with the upgrade (while booted from the SSD).


    I give that chain of events 50/50 (at best) as to working optimally when all is done.


    Of course; bunch of compatibility issues to be overcome. That being said, it's the only (convoluted) solution to this problem (theoretically), the way he presented the problem.
  5. You'll need to do a fresh install if SATA (in the BIOS) is IDE not AHCI. If that's okay, then:

    1) Insert the W8.1 disc and do the Upgrade of W7 (will keep programs and data)

    2) Test to make sure it works

    3) Attach the SSD, and use Machrium Reflect Free (enable "verify") to CLONE from the HDD to the SSD. http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

    I had no issues doing exactly this. If you do however, then you'll want to do a fresh install of W8.1 directly to the SSD after you carefully backup any important data, write down passwords, e-mail etc.

    I forget the exact procedure if it's an Upgrade-only disc. It depends partially on whether you have the W7 Install disc handy.
  6. photonboy said:
    You'll need to do a fresh install if SATA (in the BIOS) is IDE not AHCI. If that's okay, then:

    1) Insert the W8.1 disc and do the Upgrade of W7 (will keep programs and data)

    2) Test to make sure it works

    3) Attach the SSD, and use Machrium Reflect Free (enable "verify") to CLONE from the HDD to the SSD. http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

    I had no issues doing exactly this. If you do however, then you'll want to do a fresh install of W8.1 directly to the SSD after you carefully backup any important data, write down passwords, e-mail etc.

    I forget the exact procedure if it's an Upgrade-only disc. It depends partially on whether you have the W7 Install disc handy.


    Again, I'd give this 50/50 for working optimally.
    Clean install of 8.1 on the new SSD? 100%
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