Windows 10: Getting Win10 free upgrade installed on new drive

  1.    24 Aug 2015 #1

    Getting Win10 free upgrade installed on new drive


    I've researched this but have a bit of a unique situation. I am running windows 7 on a SATA2 SSD but I plan to upgrade to a PCIe SSD when I install Windows 10. Up until now I thought I would have to spring for a new OEM windows 10 disk, however I wonder if this will work? To be clear I am not trying to dual boot.

    So say I get Windows 7 all happily updated on my old SSD and I get the magic Windows 10 upgrade notification icon. Then I install my fresh new PCIe SSD and reboot.

    I will be booted into Windows 7 with a new, unformatted (but recognized) new drive while running Windows 7 on my old drive.

    If I start the free upgrade process, will it let me choose that new drive as my installation location for Windows 10? Or does that break the rules of changing something in the system....

    Thanks for any thoughts.

      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2. Boozad's Avatar
    Posts : 1,628
    W7 Pro x64 | W10 IP x64 | Linux Mint VM
       24 Aug 2015 #2

    Short answer: No. You'd have to upgrade the current OS (7 in this case) on the drive it's installed on, overwriting the existing OS.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3. Posts : 1,890
    Win 10 X64 Pro 1803 17751.1
       24 Aug 2015 #3

    I believe that to get 10 to activate, it must be installed as an upgrade over a qualifying OS.

    I'm not certain, but I also think that you could then remove the old SSD, install the new one, and clean install 10 on the new SSD, from a bootable USB drive or DVD. (Press the little "skip" button when the installer asks for a key.) I believe that the result will activate online. (You've changed your hardware, but not enough to make the activation fail. If it does fail, activate by telephone.)

    If you have a reason to preserve Windows 7 on you old SSD, I suggest that instead you image it and later restore the image. (That'd be a really good idea anyway, in case the 10 upgrade fails spectacularly.) However, it'd be against the license agreement to continue to run 7 after you've used it to qualify an upgrade to 10.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  4.    24 Aug 2015 #4

    Thanks to you both for the input.

    I can certainly make an image of my old problem there. And for prior windows version, a hard drive change normally re-activated.

    Hmmm, but just remembered I have an OEM version of Windows sigh...even though 10 would be on the same PC which sticks with the OEM license, I'll need to check out those upgrade possibilities. Glad I remembered that!

    Thanks again,

      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    25 Aug 2015 #5

    As soon as you upgrade from a qualifying windows on same MB and it's activated, you can clean install windows 10 on any disk you want as long as it's on same MB (that's what license is tied to).
    If that W7 is OEM for that computer, you can upgrade it to W10 and when it activates, remove that SSD and install W10 on new one. Of course , you'll end up with W10 with OEM license.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  6.    25 Aug 2015 #6

    Just installed 7, the upgrade to 10 on the old drive. Once you can boot to Windows 10 and see that it is activated, swap the drives and do a clean install on the new SSD. The hard drive has never been part of the "computer" that can't be changed under OEM licenses. It's easy to figure out what you can and can't do if you just assume this free license is OEM.

    As long as the other components stay the same, specifically the motherboard, you'll be fine.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    25 Aug 2015 #7

    I'm not certain, but I also think that you could then remove the old SSD, install the new one, and clean install 10 on the new SSD, from a bootable USB drive or DVD.
    I can confirm this to be true because I've done the same thing -- to "migrate" Win10 from one drive to another in the same PC.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8. Posts : 110
    Win 10 Pro 64 & 7 Pro 64 on 2 HDD's
       26 Aug 2015 #8

    Hi All.
    After searching many threads this seems to be the most appropriate thread.

    I have W7 64 Pro retail installed and upgraded to W10, after a few days the profiles started to fail, lost so many functions and it had a few other niggles so I reverted back to the reliability and stability of W7. W10 was activated during it's troubled, but short, life.

    Now, I have a spare 279gb hard drive (Drive E disk 2 as below) sitting in the PC doing nothing so am thinking why not put W10 on that?
    The 'rig' specs have been registered - MB/CPU/Graphics card - so no changes to my system.

    If I removed the W7 HD, what method would be best to install W10 on the unused HD? I have printed out about every install tutorial but not being very knowledgeable on the subject would welcome your advice. And assuming that the install worked then replace my W7 HD would I then be able to dual boot? Keeping my W7 active while exploring the virtues or otherwise of W10.
    Disk management as below. Didn't know about the un-allocated space on C!!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Disk Management 26 08 15.JPG  
    Last edited by Trapper; 26 Aug 2015 at 05:49. Reason: Added comp management jpg
      My ComputerSystem Spec


Related Threads
I have a SATA-1 TSSTcorp TS-H653 (not sure whether it is an F, G, H etc.) CD/DVD writable drive in an Inspirion 537s. I recently upgraded to Windows 10 Pro from Windows 7 Ultimate, but the drive is not recognized by the OS. However, the drive does...
Microsoft Windows 10 free upgrade: five questions answered | Technology | The Guardian "I read somewhere that the free upgrade to Windows 10 will expire after one year and that the user will then have to pay for the upgrade. Is this so?...
How many folks are planning to buy the Win10 Pro version when it is released? I am going to buy a full copy when it is comes out. A year does not last very long and then we will need to buy it anyways. Hopefully MS will include a discount for us...
I am confused about the one year free upgrade. Is it free as in upgrade for a year and it is yours to have forever? Or is it free for one year and then you have to pay even though you already upgraded?
Read more here: Microsoft's big decision: Who gets a free upgrade to Windows 10? | CITEworld
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:05.
Find Us