1.    30 Jul 2015 #1
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 7
    windows 7

    Can i install windows 10 on my new SSD?


    Hello

    I just bought a new SSD and obviously i would prefer to install Win10 on that instead of my HDD.

    My question is this: "will i be able to install Win10 on this since my new SSD obviously don't have Win 7 on it."

    This might be a stupid question but i hope someone can help.
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  2.    30 Jul 2015 #2
    Join Date : Mar 2015
    Philadelphia
    Posts : 1,174
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Yes, if you purchase Windows 10. If you want the free upgrade, you'll need to have 7/8/8.1 installed first and activated. Once you do the free upgrade, you'll be able to do clean installs of Windows 10 on that computer anytime you want in the future.
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  3.    30 Jul 2015 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 7
    windows 7
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
    Yes, if you purchase Windows 10. If you want the free upgrade, you'll need to have 7/8/8.1 installed first and activated. Once you do the free upgrade, you'll be able to do clean installs of Windows 10 on that computer anytime you want in the future.
    Thank you for the fast response!
    Luckily i do have my product key for Win7, so i guess i then have to install Win7 on the SSD and then upgrade. Seems a bit clumsy but it will do.
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  4.    30 Jul 2015 #4
    Join Date : Mar 2015
    Philadelphia
    Posts : 1,174
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    It definitely does, and I wasn't happy about it. I assumed we'd get keys e-mailed to us and we could go right to the clean installs. At least you only have to do it once. I'm building a new tower, so I may install 8.1 to make sure it's working properly hardware-wise, then after the upgrade, wipe it all out and install Windows 10 clean for good.
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  5.    30 Jul 2015 #5
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Cheshire, England
    Posts : 1,427
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    I believe as long as the machine you want to put the SSD in has already been activated through the free upgrade then i think you will be able to put the ssd in and do a clean install and it should activate.

    The activation process doesn't look at the hard drive for authentication from the testing i have done.
    As a test i upgrade 7 to 10 and it was activated, i then took the hard drive out and put it in a different machine, it obviously booted up with windows 10 but now wasn't activated. I then put the hard drive back into the original machine and it showed as activated again.

    Thats as much testing as i have done so far
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