Upgrading to SSD drive

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  1. dalchina's Avatar
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       #11

    Thanks- my point being a clean install has merits here. Just to emphasise a difference between cloning and a clean install.
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  2. Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       #12

    Upgrade to ssd


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    dalchina said:
    Thanks- my point being a clean install has merits here. Just to emphasise a difference between cloning and a clean install.
    It's really good and easy to upgrade to SSD.
    Cloning means migrating your current Windows and your personal files from your source disk( where you will transfer from ) to destination disk ( where it will be saved .
    It will move all your current settings and other OS files including updates you've installed in that Windows to the SSD. If your current windows is activated after cloning you don't need to activate as after migration process.

    Clean install means you need to install Windows 10 on SSD for first time use and you will to activate it.
    Its good to start fresh on SSD. BUt this is not advised so.
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  3. Steve C's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #13

    I've used Macrium Reflect Free several times to image my old system on a HDD and transfer it to a new SSD. This worked fine with no need to clean install and all programs worked. See my guide enclosed which works for Windows 10 also.
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  4. Posts : 172
    windows 10 Home / Latest version
       #14

    californiabill said:
    You mean when I'm installing the ssd drive?
    Thanks.
    Having looked at all the articles, I think I'll back up files to an external hd, swap out the computer hard drive for an SSD and then boot from a USB to do a clean install of Win 10. I'll then return my files and reinstall the programs I need from scratch.
    Does that sound right?
    Sounds right to me......This is the way I always do it.
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  5. Posts : 4
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       #15

    Thanks to all of you for your very clear responses and help. You know what I'll be doing at the weekend then :)
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  6. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #16

    GYANA said:
    Clean install means you need to install Windows 10 on SSD for first time use and you will to activate it.
    Its good to start fresh on SSD. BUt this is not advised so.
    All of the members where would disagree that "this is not advised so" if the user wants to do the clean install. If the user wants to start fresh, we DO recommend and DO advise they do the clean install. It is also a false statement that "you will to activate it". As long as the same version of Windows 10 (IE: Home or Pro) is re-installed on the same computer (motherboard), Windows 10 will activate itself when it connects to the internet.
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