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My C drive is dying RRS feed

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  • Previously I upgraded from Win 7 to Win 10 on my other computer (and this one, too). Now the C drive on my other computer is failing (I get serious error messages at startup) and I want to install Win 10 on a new SSD I've installed. How do I use the same license for the new installation, and how, exactly, do I do the new installation?
    Tuesday, June 21, 2016 12:06 AM

Answers

  • Install Windows 7 on your new SSD  to get it validate, and upgrade to Windows 10. Once Windows 10 is activated, you can do clean install after then.

    S.Sengupta, Windows Experience MVP

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016 1:57 AM
  • Hi robertinAZ,

    What S.Sengupta should work.

    And there is a better way, to replace your C drive with the New SSD.

    First, create a recovery drive for Windows 10, this would help when there is no operating system bootable;

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/create-a-recovery-drive

    Then take a image backup under Windows 10, make sure the backup location is under another USB drive,

    http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5495-system-image-create-windows-10-a.html

    When finished, turn off your machine and replace the old drive with the New SSD, after that, turn on your machine,

    Insert Recovery drive, select the boot option (should be configured under BIOS, usually repss F12 or ESC ) to USB drive, when booted up, choose Troubleshoot->system restore, then insert the backup drive, and perform the restore.

    Regards


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    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 6:45 AM

All replies

  • Install Windows 7 on your new SSD  to get it validate, and upgrade to Windows 10. Once Windows 10 is activated, you can do clean install after then.

    S.Sengupta, Windows Experience MVP

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016 1:57 AM
  • Hi robertinAZ,

    What S.Sengupta should work.

    And there is a better way, to replace your C drive with the New SSD.

    First, create a recovery drive for Windows 10, this would help when there is no operating system bootable;

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/create-a-recovery-drive

    Then take a image backup under Windows 10, make sure the backup location is under another USB drive,

    http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5495-system-image-create-windows-10-a.html

    When finished, turn off your machine and replace the old drive with the New SSD, after that, turn on your machine,

    Insert Recovery drive, select the boot option (should be configured under BIOS, usually repss F12 or ESC ) to USB drive, when booted up, choose Troubleshoot->system restore, then insert the backup drive, and perform the restore.

    Regards


    Please mark the reply as an answer if you find it is helpful.

    If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 6:45 AM