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Should I install windows 8.1 updates BEFORE replacing the HDD of a brand new laptop with an SSD?

I got a brand new gaming laptop today and I am going to use the Samsung migration software to clone the HDD to an SSD.

While using the laptop so far, I have taken care not to download or install anything or put anything onto the hard drive prior to the cloning, which will take place tomorrow. This is because I am paranoid. I just want the computer to still seem like a brand new computer when it has an SSD inside it.

This laptop came with windows 8.1 but there are of course loads of windows updates to do. Should I install these now or wait until tomorrow, after I've cloned the HDD and installed the SSD?

In either case, I'm very excited about this :D

Thank you Tom's Hardware, I've browsed this forum for years and this is my first question.

P.S. I'm open to other ideas of what I should do before this cloning. I am already gonna back everything up (it is only preinstalled stuff on this laptop) and I am creating a recovery drive too, prior to cloning.
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  1. Makes no difference at all.
    cloning work by block rather than by file.
    So cloning software doesn't care what it's moving.
    One thing i would advise is running defrag before cloning.
  2. kajjot said:
    Makes no difference at all.
    cloning work by block rather than by file.
    So cloning software doesn't care what it's moving.
    One thing i would advise is running defrag before cloning.


    Thank you very much for your advice- I didn't know whether to do this as the laptop is brand new. Also whilst still on my HDD, if I create my recovery drive after installing windows updates, will this return me to a post-update-system if I were to use windows system recovery? Because that might be useful.

    Do you know if the migration software transfers drivers?
  3. When you clone a drive, it does a sector-by-sector copy of the drive, which copies EVERYTHING. It doesn't CARE what it's copying, it just copies everything.
  4. What you could also do, since its a brand new laptop, is use the recovery partition and create a recovery disc and run a clean install on the SSD.
  5. Best answer
    Yes, If you haven't made you recovery & factory restore media please do before you begin this upgrade.
    You would be surprised how many users wind up with failed clone jobs and no install/restore media.
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