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Upgrading to Windows 10 with a new SSD

By dac2 ·
I have a new SSD, and am also upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10. What order should I do things in - should I first upgrade to Win10 on my old drive, and then do a clean install of Win10 on the new SSD? Or should I image the old drive onto the new SSD and then upgrade to Win10?

I'm taking this opportunity to clean up my computer and would prefer not to bring over all the junk that I'm sure has accumulated - can anyone refer me to a good guide for managing programs and files during the move?
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This one is a slam dunk

by Ed Bott Tech expert In reply to Upgrading to Windows 10 w ...

No question what the right call is here.
If you upgrade from your existing OS, you get a digital license that is tied to your hardware, and the new SSD doesn't change the fingerprint enough to invalidate it.
After you do that upgrade and confirm that Windows 10 is properly activated, you can install your new SSD, do a clean install of Windows, and have it activated immediately without any hassles.
Hope that helps.
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Thanks!

by dac2 In reply to This one is a slam dunk

That's what I was thinking too, but I wanted to make sure. It's been awhile since I've done an OS upgrade with a new drive.

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Depends

by danflesch In reply to Upgrading to Windows 10 w ...

This link say you can do a full upgrade from 7 to 10.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/upgrade/windows-10-upgrade-paths

If you have a lot of software installed on the computer that you want and your system is in good working order then I would use the cloning software that most SSD company's provide, then do an upgrade to 10.
This will prevent you from having to find your software and product keys.

If your system seems to be very slow or has pop ups or errors then you should do a "Clean Install" which would mean you have to reinstall all your programs. This in my option will have the least issues as sometimes when doing a upgrade from an older OS can cause problems later..

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