Upgrade to Win10 followed by clean install to a new SSD?


  1. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Home
       #1

    Upgrade to Win10 followed by clean install to a new SSD?


    I have duly upgraded my Windows 7 desktop to Windows 10 and it is shown as 'Activated': I have also downloaded the Windows 10 ISO file and saved that to a DVD: I now want to change my boot HDD to an SSD. Would the following method make sense?
    1. Install the SSD and clone my existing boot HDD (C:) to it
    2. Make the SSD the boot drive C: and my HDD the D: drive
    3. Use the above mentioned DVD to perform a Clean Install on the SSD (to get rid of all the Win 7 crud built up on it)
    4. Just reinstall Office, Lightroom, Photoshop etc as required, on the SSD

    My questions are:
    Would Microsoft allow Activation on the new system (and how do I contact them to find out)?
    Will the Windows.old folder created last week still be deleteable if it is now on the D: drive?
    Doing (3) above won't create another windows.old will it?

    Apologies for so many questions on my first Post!

    Nortonian
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  2. Posts : 3,865
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       #2

    if you clone the drive - anything on the drive will be copied over

    I would just try to clean install to SSD (with HDD unplugged) and see if you get activation..
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  3. Posts : 17,370
    Windows 11 Pro
       #3

    Kyhi said:
    if you clone the drive - anything on the drive will be copied over

    I would just try to clean install to SSD (with HDD unplugged) and see if you get activation..
    and he should. That's what I would do.
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  4. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Hi Guys

    Thanks for that! You must know that the ISO disk will install straight on to the blank SSD?

    I thought I had a great reason for cloning the C: drive, but now I can't think of it, so I will give it a go.

    Cheers
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