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Clean install on existing Win 7 PC with SSD & hard drive

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    Windows 8 Pro

    Clean install on existing Win 7 PC with SSD & hard drive


    I am about to upgrade another PC (about 4 months old) currently running Windows 7 64bit. The PC is set up so that although the PC has the OS and programs on the SSD (C drive), all other data and info is on the 2Tb hard drive. Their is only a single user with no password and the PC was setup (configured) so that the user profile knows to put that user info and data on the 2Tb hard drive.

    I want to do a clean install and am happy to clear everything on the C drive (SSD) and the hard drive.
    When installing Windows 8 from the ISO image on a DVD, how do I create the similar situation that I had for user profile when running Windows 7?

    Also is it possible to be able to boot up straight in to the user without having to enter a password, as I can currently do on the Windows 7 boot?

    I have just upgraded an older Windows Vista PC to Windows 8 Pro through a clean install and that went perfectly, but only had a single 1Tb hard drive (C drive).

    Thanks for any a help and advice.

    Steve

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Steve, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You will be able to do a clean install of Windows 8 on the SSD without losing anything on the other HDD. In Windows 8, you will have the option to create a "Microsoft account" (with email address) or a "local account" (same as in previous Windows) now. The tutorial below will give you more details about all of this though.
    When installation is complete, you could set Windows 8 up the same way you did in Windows 7.

    The tutorial below can show you how to set Windows 8 to sign in to a user account of your choice automatically at startup.
    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Clean install on existing Win 7 PC with SSD & hard drive
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