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How to upgrade to windows 8 and a ssd? have win 8 upgrade

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    How to upgrade to windows 8 and a ssd? have win 8 upgrade


    Hi I have windows 7 and bought windows 8 upgrade discs (still unopened), I have no SSD now but want to buy one. What should i Do install win 8 first then the SSD? Or the other way around? What's better What will my recovery options be if I get a nasty virus? Also once my ssd is in it can't fit everything so when i want to download things and programs to the old HDD that will be fine right i can still access them from the desktop, thanks I'm new to this

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    Welcome to EightForums.

    I would until you buy the SSD.

    You can do a clean install to the SSD, but you need to delete the Windows 7 install.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    https://www.eightforums.com/general-d...ws-8-eula.html

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft
    What about upgrading the software? The software covered by this agreement is an upgrade to your existing operating system software, so the upgrade replaces the original software that you are upgrading. You do not retain any rights to the original software after you have upgraded and you may not continue to use it or transfer it in any way. This agreement governs your rights to use the upgrade software and replaces the agreement for the software from which you upgraded. After you complete your upgrade, additional software will be required to playback or record certain types of media, including DVDs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Welcome to EightForums.

    I would until you buy the SSD.

    You can do a clean install to the SSD, but you need to delete the Windows 7 install.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    https://www.eightforums.com/general-d...ws-8-eula.html

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft
    What about upgrading the software? The software covered by this agreement is an upgrade to your existing operating system software, so the upgrade replaces the original software that you are upgrading. You do not retain any rights to the original software after you have upgraded and you may not continue to use it or transfer it in any way. This agreement governs your rights to use the upgrade software and replaces the agreement for the software from which you upgraded. After you complete your upgrade, additional software will be required to playback or record certain types of media, including DVDs.
    Thank you HOw do I delete the windows 7 install? A couple people told me to add the ssd as a secondary drive and do clean install with the upgrade version, then change boot order etc this is what I was told would this work? It seems easy thank you

    "if you can add ssd as second drive at first
    than install windows as a clean install to that drive
    goto bios make new ssd the boot drive
    back up what you need from the old boot drive and reformat it to a data drive"
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    also would upgrading now to windows 8 before I get the SSD and then using this guide to switch the new windows 8 to the OS work? I want to keep the recovery partition that came with my HP how do I keep that thank you.

    How to Migrate to a Solid-State Drive Without Reinstalling Windows
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    How to clone your SATA drive to a SSD drive.
    How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.


    By upgrading to Windows 8 the Recovery partition would be made unusable.


    For Windows 7.
    information   Information
    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    startup repair disc-create


    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    How to use HP Recovery:
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...s&dlc=en&lc=en
    Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 7) | HP® Support

    How to make HP Recovery DVD disks:

    Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows Vista) | HP® Support


    How to make HP Recovery USB disk:

    Using the Downloadable USB Recovery Flash Disk Creation Utility HP Pavilion dv6700z CTO Entertainment Notebook PC | HP® Support

    You can order Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from your OEM manufacturer's website.
    You can Order HP Recovery Disks from here:
    Country-language selector | HP® Support
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    I would buy your SSD first. You only need enough capacity for your operating system and programs. For most 120 GB is lots, and 250 GB is really lots. Samsung has just released the 840 EVO SSD's in those capacities, and they provide high performance at a good price.

    1. Unplug your existing C: drive.

    2. Physically install your SSD, but read this Optimization Guide first. On your first boot up go into the BIOS and make sure your Hard Drive controller is set to support AHCI. Make sure you use a primary controller SATA port for the SSD.

    3. Allow a full boot with your Windows 8 OS disks in your optical drive, and install Windows 8 on the SSD (C: drive).

    4. Plug in your old HDD, and boot up again. Windows will recognize it and install it as D: drive.

    5. Look up how to move the Library files in Windows 8 to your D: drive. (You are really just pointing to them).

    6. Copy your old data into the new libraries, although if you do the "Move" naming right you will not have to copy much.

    7. Delete all the Windows and Program directories (after you save any data, like e-mail, favourites, etc) on D:.

    8. Install your programs on the new SSD C:

    That is just the basic steps. If that does not make sense, then do more research. It is not all that easy to do it right. Your main objective is to make sure you have a copy of all your data safe before you do any deleting.

    I don't see any point in saving your Windows 7 recovery partition. However the programs are another matter. You want to save them somehow if you do not have the original installation disks to use. I have not worked with partitions for a long time, and don't know if you can move them, or delete them? To get the most use out of the old HDD you will want to get rid of the partition, and that may mean getting everything off it first.
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    The only optimization any new ssd will need is to run it under achi on an Intel port. Good to go.
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    thank you for all the help
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