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Upgrading to Windows 8, and SSD with the $14.95 upgrade?

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    Upgrading to Windows 8, and SSD with the $14.95 upgrade?


    I did a quick search, but I didn't see an answer. I just decided to bite the bullet and upgrade to Windows 8.

    I have an Acer Aspire tower that I would like to upgrade to include adding an SSD along with the upgrade (possibly dual boot).

    I have seen messages that indicate I need to install the update on a drive that already has Windows 7 installed, so would I need to install Windows 7 on my SSD first? Will the Acer recovery disks I created during system installation work for putting the OS an SSD drive with data on the HDD?

    In either case, is there a reasonable way to clean the Windows 7 OS files from my HDD after installation of Windows 8? I do have quite a bit of content on the HDD (MP3s and photos) that I would like to avoid reloading from backup again if I can.

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    If you have mechanical drive and want to move to SSD you'd be better off doing a fresh install. So if you have a copy of win7 you could fresh install to SSD re-activate with current key and then upgrade to win8 and transfer all your files to the new install. At least that's what I would do.
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    Sounds like a plan... thanks for the input.

    Although, in continued research, it looks like I might be able to install Windows 8 on the new drive without Windows 7 being there, if I burn a DVD from the ISO and do a clean install. The system doesn't have a lot of software loaded on it, so reloading the apps wouldn't be a big deal for me.
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