Windows 10: Windows 10 and new SSD with Windows 7 in old HDD Solved

  1.    03 Aug 2015 #1

    Windows 10 and new SSD with Windows 7 in old HDD

    My situation is this: I have now Windows 7 in my HDD, and I just bought a new SSD to install Windows 10 in. Also bought a new Windows 7 license (old one is pirated ). I'm going to install Win7, then upgrade to Windows 10 and do clean install. The question is, will I be able to delete old Windows 7 from HDD and use it as my data drive as told in here:
    Or will Win7 User data and folders be incompatible in Win10? Is there anything else I should know or do with this?
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       03 Aug 2015 #2

    Disconnect the old drive.
    Install Windows 7 to the SSD, apply SP1 if needed.
    Upgrade to Windows 10.
    Reconnect old drive, copy anything you want/need from the old drive to teh SSD.
    Do a quick format of the old drive and it's all set to use.

    Windows 7 tutorials:

    Clean Install Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums
    SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Sean's Windows 7 Install & Optimization Guide for SSDs & HDDs

    Windows 10 tutorials:

    Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Forums
    Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation - Windows 10 Forums
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  3.    03 Aug 2015 #3

    Wow! Thanks for super-fast reply and those links, I'll check them out! :)
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  4.    03 Aug 2015 #4

    After you get Win 10 installed and activated on the SSD, you can do whatever you want with the HDD---wipe it clean, leave it as is, etc.

    Here's what I would do, in this order.

    Disconnect the HDD or remove it entirely.

    Install the SSD.

    Install the legal Windows 7 onto the SSD.

    Do an upgrade install of Win 10 to the SSD. Make sure it's activated.

    Do a clean install of Win 10 to the SSD. Make sure it's activated.

    Reconnect the HDD and then sort out your data and put it where you need to put it. The HDD would presumably be recognized as drive D or E. You might have to find a tutorial on how to get your data to appear as under C:\users if that's what you want. Or you could just ignore C:\users and keep your data directly on D.

    You ought to have some type of backup of your personal data files now on the HDD. Maybe you already do?
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  5.    04 Aug 2015 #5

    Yeah, I'll propably just leave my data to D:\Users. You mean I can just leave C:\users to be and move on? I also read about registry tweak that can be used to change default installation location (I would like to install many less often used programs to D instead of C).
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