I just got a SSD for my PC as well as a new data hard-drive, so it's time to re-install wIndows (it's Windows 7 in my case).
Currently I have Win7 and all my software installed on a HDD drive and I was wondering what's the best way to go about installing Windows onto the new SDD drive.
Here's my main concerns/questions:
1. I only have one Windows 7, so if I install it onto the new SDD drive, will there be a problem?
2. Can I keep Windows and all my software installed on my old HDD drive just to get back to it and see what I need to re-install? or is it somehow necessary to first remove Windows in order to install it on my new SDD? Is there a way this is registered online by Microsoft?
3. will it at all be possible at all to install my Windows 7 on a new drive? or is new hardware considered as a new PC, so I would technically have to buy a new Windows installation DVD?
Anyway, my plan was to just disconnect my current HDD drive without removing anything from it, so I can always reconnect it for reference to see what I need to install on my new SDD drive.
Does this make any sense?
Most OEM installs have some way of making restore media. Did you try that?
I just did a downgrade from Win10 to Win7 because of a lack of drivers. Here's what I went through:
0. Decided not to use the restore media to avoid all the Acer bloatware that was on the netbook.
1. Downloaded a Win7 ISO from a trusted source.
2. Made a boot USB Thumb drive.
3. Installed the generic install and authorized it with my existing key (So your question 3, you don' have to worry about)
4. Downloaded and installed all the latest custom drivers from Acer's site
5. Fixed an issue with WindowsUpdate refusing to find any updates
6. Endured update, reboot, update through batches of 207, 139, 43, 27, 18, 9, 7, 5, 3 updates