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Install an SSD drive and upgrade to Windows 8 at the same time.

Q: Install an SSD drive and upgrade to Windows 8 at the same time.


I have ordered an SSD drive that should arrive at the same time as Windows 8 is released later this week.

I want to install the SSD drive and do a clean install of my PC OS at the same time. I intend to keep my HDD for saving photos etc..

What is the best order in which to approach this?

I was thinking I could:
- re install Windows 7 on the SSD, format the HDD and then buy the Windows 8 upgrade


- buy the upgrade before installing the SSD and create the upgrade installation DVD. Install the SSD drive, boot up from the HDD and then use the clean install facility on the Windows 8 upgrade DVD to install Windows 8 onto the SSD and reformat the HDD?

Will this work?



Preferred Solution: Install an SSD drive and upgrade to Windows 8 at the same time.

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

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A: Install an SSD drive and upgrade to Windows 8 at the same time.

I'd Clean Install Win8 since you have to start fresh anyway.

In Win7 if you install Upgrade version to new HD you must leave Product Key blank during install and afterwards do Option 3 workaround in Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version. We're waiting to see if it's the same with Win8. You might find out faster in our sister forums Windows 8 Forums

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You can get the equivilant of a clean install from a windows 8 upgrade disk.
You still need to have the previous version of windows installed and run the
windows 8 upgrade installation on it.
Once it is installed,move your mouse down to the bottom right of the screen
to get the right menu.
Click settings,then click change PC settings.
Click general on the list to the left.
Scroll down the items til you see remove everything and reinstall windows.
Click get started.
While running the reinstall,make sure to select clean entire drive and save nothing.
Run the reinstall.
When it is done,it will be a clean install of windows 8,but it will have kept the license
and activation files for both the previous windows version and windows 8.
Those files are required for the windows 8 upgrade activation.
This leaves only windows 8 installed and gets rid of any files left from the
previous windows install,including the windows.old file.
It may request your upgrade disk for the reinstall.

Don't do this if you are trying to upgrade and keep your files.
This is only if you want to have a clean install of windows 8
with none of your previous data left.

Be advised that the reinstall itself can take several hours to run.
It is slow,so just let it do it's thing.

Just a note.
With windows 8 upgrade,you want to have your previous windows
version disks available,or a set of factory restore disks.
In case of a serious system crash,you will need to reinstall the
previous version then upgrad... Read more

A:Windows 8 upgrade-way to get clean install-takes some time.

I made this a sticky. If you don't want that, leroys1000, just let me know and I'll unstick. Thank you for the info.

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I own Windows Vista 64bit, and have ordered Windows 7 Professional 64bit upgrade. How do I do a clean installation of Windows 7 on a new hard drive? Thanks for your help ? IM

A:How to do clean install Windows 7 upgrade on new drive

Hi Imageman

Have a look at these tutorial:

Clean Install Windows 7

Upgrade Install with Windows 7

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I presently have Windows 7 installed on drive C:-------I have Win 8 upgrade and I want to install Win 8 on my 2nd hard drive and keep Win 7 on the first hard drive. How should I proceed?

A:Install Windows 8 upgrade on 2nd hard drive but keep Windows 7 on 1st

You will need two Windows 7 licences to upgade one to Windows 8.

Windows 8 EULA

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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Hi all,

Would appreciate any help on this one. My wife has a Vista machine (64 Ultimate) that I'd like to upgrade in two ways.
1) Win 7 (personal) and
2) SSD vs. HDD

I've really hit a road block here.

Can I image the existing Vista onto the SSB (I don't know how to do this!), then install SSB, remove HDD and try to upgrade?.

Or, given that it Vista Ultimate is only supposed to upgradable to Win 7 Ultimate (or the equivalent) and I only have Win7 Personal (or home, whatever the lower grade version is called), is there another way?

I could just install Win7 onto the SSD and copy vital stuff over to the SSD from the HDD, but the problem with that is that she insists on using Outlook Express (three different Comcast emails) and I don't know how to move those from the HDD to the SSD seamlessly.

A:Upgrade from Vista to Win7 AND install new SSD vs HDD at same time?

You'll have to use Windows Mail, which is downloaded from Windows Live Essentials, in place of Outlook Express which is no longer supported in Win7. Google how to transfer mail and settings.

I would not pay the extra for Ultimate if you don't need the extra features, just to get an inferior in-place Upgrade. I would buy Upgrade version Home Premium and Clean Install Windows 7.
Compare Windows - Microsoft Windows

Run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor which will list any issues.

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Windows Vista x86 and Windows 7 x86 users in Catch 22 situation trying to restore systems!
During Factory Restore of Vista x86, upgrade of Vista x86 to Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1, or install of Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 and validating install online, Windows Update fails after mandated update.
Unable to manually download requisite updates due to "Browser our of date" error from Microsoft Support website!
Downloads only available from Support.Microsoft.com website

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The title says it all. I suppose one could replace the CD drive with a DVD drive. Is there a way to do it with only a CD to boot from?

A:Is there a way to install/upgrade Win 7 from XP Without a DVD drive?


Do you have a USB port that you could boot from a Windows 7 installation USB with?

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

Personally, I would recommend to clean install Windows 7 instead of upgrading from XP to avoid any possible upgrade issues.

Hope this helps for now,

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the subject almost said it all ... I just got a new computer and I am trying to install my windows xp professional edition but I am encountering problems with the boot discs. I downloaded the boot discs off of microsoft's site (im not sure what version they are if there are different versions to be had); they go through the thing that they do and its just about to use the cd but it says that it cannot find the cd rom drive. i see the cd rom drive in the bios setup, its in there as the secondary master. the cd drive is a lg GCR-8523B the mother board is: 865PE Neo2 Series. ANY help would be great ... it just arrived for christmas and it wanna get it workin! thanks

A:XP Professional first time install - boot discs dont find cd drive

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I just bought an upgrade of Office 2003. My original Office 97 is on my C: drive, but I am running out of space on that drive and would like to install the upgrade on a new 120 GB expansion drive.

Does anyone know if the install program will allow me to install this upgrade on the expansion drive while removing the original Office 97 from my C: drive?


A:Install Office 203 upgrade to another drive?

If I were you, move all your files over to the other drive and keep all your programs on the C drive.

To answer your question, no, sorry.

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Is it possible to install Windows 7 Upgrade to a new hard drive using my external vista hard drive? My laptop crashed and I took the hard drive out and placed it in an external usb case. I have it plugged in to my desktop here. I want to install Windows 7 Upgrade to a new hard drive. Will Win 7 acknowledge my external drive and install on the new drive?

A:Install WIN 7 Upgrade to New Hard Drive

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i currently have a computer running xp, and am going to be building a new computer, could i install windows 7 upgrade on a seperate drive or does it have to be on the same drive xp was on? I dont have the xp disk, so i cant transfer it to the new hd, could i use the drive, and not boot up with it, but the installer would recognize it?

A:install an upgrade on a seperate hard drive

Sure, you can install to a new drive. It just must be a clean install, not an in-place upgrade.

See this tutorial: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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Is it possible to use the upgrade disc to format C drive (it has the Windows 7 RC activated, I can also reinstall Windows Vista if I have to), and do a clean install?


A:Format C Drive and install with upgrade disc

Yes it is.

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Gentlemen & Ladies: 
What will be the correct way to upgrade to Windows 10 when its available for sale? (given with a little tough situation I encounter with my sony laptop. 
Here is what the situation:
I encountered a few times of blue screen due to some sony's own software update. It's too late for me to do the System Restore as the "date(s) for late known good configuaration had passed.
I know I can go for a clean reinstallation of Vista (SP2-dating back to 2010), but then, it requires ALL windows update which will takes forever just to get up-to-date status...., then...wipe out again-- when the time comes for Windows 10 upgrade...OMG...
[ Not to mention first require backing up all files and photos, then reinstall--I know i can't get away with this part-HAHA ]
So, If i buy the Windows 10 Grade version when it's available for sale, then back up my files & photo, ....
What will be the correct way for me to install, to fix my problem, getting my laptop running up-to-date?
Here are the spec of my latop:
Sony old vgn-AR-770 U --7 years old
Windows Vista Ultimate SP2/ 32 bit
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz 
Solid State Drive 300 GB
Blu Ray Read + Write drive with built in WIN-DVD player comes with purchase
1200 x 1080 resolution
It's not worth any $ now, but I don't have any $ these days to buy a new computer either, ....Thank you in advance !

A:what will be the correct way to upgrade to Windows 10 when the time comes?

Why upgrade to windows 10, when It hasn't even been fully tested? 
I would go for Windows 7 instead, 

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Recently had some issues with Microsoft activation support Hard Drive Support - Tech Support Forum and after that I was curious about these things, how does that happen?

To my surprise, Microsoft has not done enough to prevent using upgrade license for clean install on Bare Drive or New Build.
I read so many posting where people are confirming this. It appears that the Disks for Builders copy (Full) or upgrade is same and only the difference is activation keys.

So, what people are doing is
- Buy Upgrade disk for $40.,
- Install on Bare Drive using Custom Mode (personally never did myself so, could be different wording) use keys when asked.
-once installation is done, You windows will be like a trial copy (Not activated)
-Run the installation One more time using same disk & same Keys.
-Now Disk would overwrite your previous key and consider that you are upgrading and install Windows 8 again as activated windows.

Even people are saving money downloading it from Microsoft itself for $14.00 after running Windows upgrade Eligibility on Genuine Windows 7 Machine. What they are doing is Download .iso on Windows 7 Machine using upgrade assistant, burn it on a disk and use the disk to install on bare drive?

Now question is, it is sure not ethical but is it legal??? I guess not from MS term and conditions, But why and how they could not stop this???



A:Upgrade License for Clean install on Bare Drive?

"Clean" installs on a blank hard drive require the system builder edition -- unless the system has several hard drives, and a qualifying version of Windows in already installed on one of them (Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8).

The $15 upgrades only apply to Windows 7 PCs purchased within a recent time frame from certain vendors. None other.

A "custom" install with any Windows 8 upgrade disk can wipe the hard drive during the upgrade process, but a qualifying previous version of Windows must be present on the computer, and the license of that version will afterwards be invalidated. [To dual-boot -- to keep the older version as well as the new Windows 8 version -- requires the System Builder version of windows 8].

Anything else is beyond the license agreement. Not ethical or legal.

Best of luck,
. . . Gary

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how long is the normal shipping time when you do a upgrade from vista to windows 7. i got a computer for Christmas and it had vista and i did the whole windows 7 things and i cant do it digitally i have to wait for the cd. Does anyone know how long it would take to get here i got it from microsoft

A:vista to windows 7 upgrade shipping time

Is there such a thing as "normal"? I would imagine that it depends on where you are getting the upgrade from.

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I've got a friend's laptop running 8.1 here. They can't upgrade to 10 because a lot of the software they use for their work is extremely buggy and just about works on Win7 and 8.1 - She has been advised by the IT people working for her company not to upgrade to 10 until they give everyone the all clear to do so.

My question is, if I use the media creation tool on her laptop now to create an ISO, would that mean she could do the upgrade for free beyond this July?
I have read that it's necessary to do an inplace upgrade first in order to generate the necessary hardware id codes etc, but Im wondering if it's goes past the 12 month free period, if that notification will be gone or the ISO on the system will be useless?

A:Windows 10 free upgrade time limit

The way I understand it, ALL free upgrades MUST be done before the July date.

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Hi all.

Been ages since I was last here.....

I was hoping to get a feel for what its time to do with my pc.

Its 4 1/2 years old now, and still running great and runs all the current games no problem.
Most recent new game bought was cod black ops 2 and it ran fine.

I was thinking its time to lose the Vista and upgrade to windows 8, but there is the question of whether to upgrade some hardware as well.

I have a q6600 cpu on 780 evga mobo. Its ddr 2 and has 4 gigs of good mushkin ram
I have a good antec atx case and 750 watt power supply which I'm sure I could keep...along with the sound card and dvd etc.
I have 2 gtx 260 running in sli for video, and there have been keeping me in the game to date.

My thoughts are IF I do a hardware upgrade, I could A) just do the vid card and overclock the cpu to 3 gigs.....
or B) do A plus the mobo and cpu and ram also.
I am not sure if now is the time...
I'm looking at 60 bucks for windows 8 up to 800 bucks for the full upgrade.....approx. That's a huge swing...lol

Any input would be much appreciated.

Thanks all.

A:Upgrade to windows 8, or do a bunch of harware too at same time.

Before upgrading to Windows 8, it is recommend that you run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. It scans your PC to see if it is ready for Windows 8 and then provides a compatibility report and optional steps to buy, download, and install Windows 8. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows-8/upgrade-to-windows-8

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I have upgraded my CPU from Core 2 Duo 2.6mhz, to Core 2 Quad Q9500, and I had to upgrade the BIOS for my motherboard before that
MB type: GA-EP35-DS4

Everything worked fine for that, except when I run a game, it takes it about 10 to 12 minutes before it just crash and close itself (with no any error message), currently with:
Deus Ex: HR, Starcraft 2, Minecraft
I only get the error reporter for the games (if they had one) and no useful information I can get from them
I suspected the heat issue, so I bought a new cooler, the heat now in sticking on 37, no more
but still I am having this issue

My configuration are:MB: GA-EP35-DS4
CPU Intel C2Q, Q9500
8 GB RAM (Kingston) (2gb x 4 sticks)
Nvidia GTS 450 (As GPU)
Nvidia 9500 GT (As physix)
320GB HDD WD (for system)
500 watts power supply
Now I am thinking about the power supply, but the thing is everything was OK before, and I did not face any power issues before, all the problems started after I upgraded my bios and CPU

I checked the heat status and voltage status with CPU-Z stuff, but I am not fimiliar with the correct voltage values for RAM and CPU

Any suggestions about the issue?

PS: And the windows was on my computer since Jul 2009, and I would love to keep it from that date, I would not prefer re-installation unless there is no other option)


A:Games on windows crash after CPU upgrade (With BSOD 1 time so far)

It might be a defect in the CPU
Run Prime 95 to test your CPU. Carefully the instructions in this tutorial: CPU - Stress Test with Prime95. Run 3 separate tests, one on each of the settings (Blend, Small FFTs, Large FFTs). Post back with your results.

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I've done this about 10 times now, each time it fails. It installs the OS and it reboots itself a few times then it rolls back and boots back into Windows 7.

I did some investigation and it seems that it's getting a blue screen. So the last 2 attempts, I've checked the minidumps it saves.

First time, it was wdf01000.sys and ucx01000.sys.
Second time, it's wdf01000.sys, pacer.sys, and AgileVpn.sys.

Last driver is the highest in the stack.

I've tried removing all software that the ASUS DVD installed when I first set the machine up (It's an ASUS P8P67 Pro rev 3.1 motherboard). I have 16 gigs of ram that has been tested.

In Windows 7, I have no issues. No blue screens, no strange errors, no weird problems at all.

Need ideas and things to try.

A:Win7 x64 Ultimate Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro fails every time.

Uninstalled Avast, same result.

I was wrong about last driver in the stack, every time it's been the wdf01000.sys. I was reading it wrong.

This time, the minidump is showing wdf01000.sys and ucx01000.sys again.

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During the past few months, I've switched several computers from Windows 7 to Windows 10 because of the approaching January 2020 "end of life" of Windows 7.
I've done both "upgrade" installs and "clean" installs.
"Clean" installs take longer because apps need to be reinstalled afterwards and a lot of setting changes need to be done, but it allows the computer to start out fresh.
"Upgrade" installs are quicker, but the computer carries over issues and debris into Windows 10, so I've seen a failure rate of about 40%.
Regardless of which method you choose to use, make sure to back up your personal data(documents, photos, music, etc.) to reliable external media BEFORE you start.
Windows 10 is pretty good about installing drivers for a computer's devices, but there's no guarantee that all of its devices will work properly afterwards.
The best way to solve that problem is to obtain downloadable Windows 10 drivers for them(if they exist) BEFORE you start.
Good luck.


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I've had tried many times to install windows 10 on my windows 8.1 desktop but to no success due to an error that reads 0x8007002C-0x4000d this occurs during 80-95 percent of the installation process I've tried every solution posted on How to: Troubleshoot common Setup and Stop Errors during Windows - Microsoft Community but is still get the error every time both through the ISO and windows update.

A:Every time i try to upgrade to windows 10 i get the error code 0x8007002C - 0x4000D

From ZDNet today: Windows 10 cumulative update causes 'reboot loop' havoc for some users | ZDNet

EDIT Although the article is for the update after 10 is installed, it's indicative of the initial installation also. Try disabling AV and Firewall. If no go, start in Clean Boot and then attempt.

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I was downloading the upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro from Windows 8 Pro.

When I was at 40% download, my internet connection lost. So I waited, but it automatically restarted from 0%. What the hell? I downloaded that 40% by giving 10 hours of time. Now I have to start again from 0%. Assume I'll start downloading again and if this
time it will fail at 90%. So What should i do for complete the download

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Windows 10:
Why it's finally time to upgrade from Windows 7

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Windows 10:
Why it's finally time to upgrade from Windows 7

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Windows 10:
Why it's finally time to upgrade from Windows 7

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Windows 10:
Why it's finally time to upgrade from Windows 7

Carey Frisch

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Windows 10:
Why it's finally time to upgrade from Windows 7

Carey Frisch

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Windows 10:
Why it's finally time to upgrade from Windows 7

Carey Frisch

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Windows 10:
Why it's finally time to upgrade from Windows 7

Carey Frisch

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I have a question,how many time is taking to upgrade a Windows 10 32-bit to Windows 10 64-bit?

EDIT: Sorry for posting a question with wrong tag.(Windows 7)

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I had a lot of issues with the screen blinking/flickering on/off when removing the laptop from the WD-15 dock and read that the new BIOS upgrade would fix this issue so I went ahead and upgraded the BIOS.
I installed "DellDockingStationFwUp_1.0.0.8_20161220_WD15.exe" and "XPS_9550_1.2.21.exe".
I added Bitlocker protection the first thing I did when I got the laptop about a year ago and it has been working fine.
After this upgrade (with or without) the dock attached I get the Bitlocker code prompt at every start of the laptop.
I can't seem to roll back the FW upgrades as the installer tells me I have a newer version installed...

A:Windows 10 Bitlocker code required every time after BIOS upgrade on XPS 15 9560

After searching and checking I found that I no longer have any compatible TPM according to Windows.
(Win 10 Enterprise 64bit Build 14393)
Looking in the BIOS there is no setting for TPM anymore so then I found a way to rollback BIOS FW.
It was by shutting down, unplug the power plug and then keep CTRL+ESC pressed while plugging in the power plug. That brings up a prompt where I could do a rollback and after that tehre still is no TPM in BIOS. I run the same again but this time I chose to reset the BIOS settings, still no TPM!
I still have to give the Bitlocker key at every startup and to top it off the laptop no longer goes to sleep when the lid is closed, it shuts down even though the settings is to "sleep".
This of course means that every time I carry it around I have to add the Bitlocker key when picking it up.
Our corporate network requires Bitlocker so I can't use the laptop without bitlocker in the domain.
Any suggestions?

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My friend just re-formatted his hard drive. He's trying to reinstall windows and its taking FOREVER, we calculated that one miniute in the instilliation = 7-15min. He did install windows but its EXTREMELY slow. He installed linux and it works perfectly fine, however he wants windows.


He has tried 2 CDs of windows XP Professional (one brand new, one came with the dell he has .. eww)
Tech specs:

Intel pentium processor (2GHz hes too retarded to know the model)

He doesnt know what the motherboard brand or model is... (because he's retarded)

2x 512MB ram

1x Maxtell 80, 1x Westerndigital 30

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro 120MB AGP

He only has one optical drive because his first drive broke hes using the one on slave. he's also tried making it master but hes too retarded to reselect the jumper "Tommie i think its on Cable Select," lol...
"And I know the hard drives are on cable select."

A:Windows take a LONG time to install

Is he booting from the Install CD?

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I've just put together a pc from a newegg DIY combo and I just need to install windows, but it keeps freezing on me every dang time when it gets to the windows starting screen. Can anyone offer some advice?

A:New PC freezes every time I try to install windows?

Check connections.

Re-seat RAM.

If SSD, check for firmware upgrade.

Is Windows 7 a full retail copy?

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hello everyone. i just bought a hp dv4-5008tx laptop.
the configuration is a follows

Processor Core i5 (2nd Generation)
Clock Speed 2.5 GHz
Cache 3 MB (Smart Cache)
Expandable Memory Up to 16 GB
Memory Slots 2 (Unused Slots 0)
System Memory 6 GB DDR3
Hardware Interface SATA
RPM 5400
HDD Capacity 640 GB
Dedicated Graphics Memory Type DDR3
Dedicated Graphics Memory Capacity 2 GB
Graphic Processor NVIDIA GeForce 630M

here is my story. i deleted all the partitions on it because i wanted to install resizing according to my need. i ended up creating dynamic drives. i searched the forums and found the solution to that using pw 4.2
now i want to install windows on my640 GB hardisk which doesn't have any partitions. its unallocated space. i know how to do it but i want to ask that do i need to modify any MBR?
i tried installing windows on dynamic drive and it took a long time to install (1 hour). why it took this much time?

A:Windows takes time to install

Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.

Create the bootable cd. Works perfectly everytime. Make your drive basic, not dynamic. You should not have to modify anything. I always set the install partition active, so no system reserve partition is created.

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I read some where that the windows 7 64 bit microsoft updates should be installed a few at a time and then boot. how do i do this?

A:How do I install windows 7 64 bit updates a few at a time

You might choose to start manually "windows update " from the start menu and when it shows all the available updates - both critical and optional, go into the respective options - then de-select or choose which ones you can apply in that screen. Then apply changes which should do your job.

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Hi, I have been having this problem for a while, and I am looking for a fix.
When I install windows on to my computer using the disk, it will install fine. The problems start when I reboot windows after installing. The starting windows screen loads for about a minute, then it blue screens for about half a second, then reboots. When I use a Linux live cd to look at my files, everything in system32 folder is gone. I have wiped my hard drive twice already. I have tried using diskpart from the live cd, but when I run it I sometimes get a message about no fixed drives being found. I cannot boot in safe mode either.

A:BSOD Every time I try to install windows

Two possible causes for this problem that spring to mind.
1. The Windows install disk could be faulty or damaged.
2. The hard drive could be faulty or failing.
I hope this helps.

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I have a Dell Optiplex 755 circa 2007.

It runs at 2.6 GHZ with 3.25GB of RAM.

Runs XP sp3.

Has an upgraded graphics card.

Windows XP has never been re-installed since I got the PC back in 2007.

I'm just wondering since I've been geeting problems like my USB ports not recognizing my MIDI controller keyboard plus the blue screen of death I just got today.....whether or not I should consider getting a SSD installed and then re-installing XP.

Your thoughts?

A:Solved: time for new re-install of windows XP?

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Well I have had this machine for a while (Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet X201) and it came with Windows 7. I upgraded the RAM to 8 GB with cheap RAM from Ebay and it worked fine. I installed Windows 8 and very often get BSOD for Bad Pool Caller and not being able to write to blah blah, when I googled it briefly it seemed to be a problem with RAM and a lot of people were getting it with Windows 8 (I don't have the exact error code at hand). I also upgraded to an SSD so it could be that.
My Windows 8 is up to date and all drivers are fine. I installed Windows 8 from a USB booter that I made and now my laptop doesn't boot from the same USB with Windows 8.1 on it even when I go to BIOS and boot from USB it just boots from the SSD as normal. So I load Windows 8.1 ISO up from either USB or Desktop where I have copies, but in the key and go to install Windows 8.1 (I have tried both overwrite and save no files and keep my files) and it gets to 100%, reboots, crashes with BSOD and then doesn't install Windows 8.1. I sent my friend the error log and he sent this back:
BugCheck C2, {7, 11c1, 83414, fffff88000e7dec0}
GetPointerFromAddress: unable to read from fffff8036a16f168
GetUlongFromAddress: unable to read from fffff8036a16f1f8
GetUlongFromAddress: unable to read from fffff8036a0aa410
Probably caused by : CI.dll ( CI!I_FreeCatalogData+43 )
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A:BSOD every time I try and install Windows 8.1

I also upgraded the BIOs a while back and it's the newest as far as I know, just going through and making sure all devices are on the newest drivers too but I am sure they are.

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I ran into some computer trouble a couple of months ago. I was having random shut downs and a constant loop of power on for two seconds and power off. Even when it would fully post, the computer would crash after a few minutes. I have RMAed every part in my computer so far, but I am still getting BSOD crashes. This has become very frustrating. I have attached the logs

A:BSOD every time after fresh install of windows 7

Blue screens of Death are probably caused by faulty drivers.

Just to make clear you RMAed literally every piece of hardware?What are your specs?Maybe some components "don't like" each other.

Have you tried any other OS than Windows 7?Maybe drivers that come with Windows 7 cause BSOD because they aren't best link between your hardware and software.

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By default the time for my laptop to restart after installing updates is 2 days! Can I reduce this time so that my laptop will restart when the update is done whilst I am out?

Thanks in advance.

A:Reduce time for windows to automatically install?

Two days? After installing what updates and how many of them? I've never encountered such an issue before. Please provide some more specific detail.

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I built my first computer. Seem to be having issues getting Windows 10 installed. I have tried so many different settings in the BIOS. I have booted from both the USB port and the SATA connected optical drive. It gets stuck on either the Gigabyte logo screen or the WIndows blue logo screen (no spinning dots). This is way over my own understanding and am really at a loss, any help would be tremendously appreciated.

MoBo: Gigabyte H170 D3HP
CPU: Intel i7 67ook
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme gaming
Ram: 32 GB Crucial Ballistix 2400mhz running at 2133
PSU: Cooler Master V650
m.2 Samsung EVO 850 250GB

A:First Time Build, Windows 10 Install issue

Sorry for your troubles. Try taking a look at this YouTube video: Around the 13 minute mark he'll show you how to create a ISO file and use it on a new build successfully. You've probably got all this squared away but sometimes it may help to reformat your USB and download the Windows file again. Either way, good luck and take a look at the linked YouTube video.

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Following windows updates on Wed my pc wouldn't start any more and I had to factory rset it and lose 14 years od data unless my cloud storage system will work which it wont at the moment.

One problem I have is my windows clock is showing 10 hours ahead and tomorrows date despite being in the correc time zone - gmt - can anyone help please?

A:Wrong time on clock after windows re-install

Hello Maverick,

If you manually change the time to be correct, does it stay that way?

I would also recommend to check what the time is set as in BIOS to see if that may be off, and to synchronize the time in Windows 7.

Hope this helps,

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Every time I start my computer, three drivers start installing
1. ACPI x64-based PC
2. File as Volume Driver
3. Volume Manager
My computer is Windows 7 64-bit. I have used system restore also and done sfc / scannow also, but these drivers install each time.

the battery icon is also missing, i have asked that question in diff threads, pls reply to that as well..

A:Why does Windows 7 install drivers every time I boot

If they are actually installed
Set updates to notify
When you see those updates, right click on them and set to hide
You will not be bothered again, or should not be
Windows Update Settings - Change

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Please no BS posts of 17 minutes or even 8 hours.
You are not taking stock well at all if you think it cost you so little time.
We are not born knowing how to set up Win7 as we like it. Include your research time.

1) 1 hour Install on two computers (Professional 32 and 64)while I learned what I could online using another computer.
2) 2 hours getting drivers (64 bit was not as easy as I hoped)
3) 2 hours for programs (Office, Photoshop, WoW, Adobe Reader, 7Zip, Avast, etc.)
4) 6 hours getting "unsupported" network printer to print (HP 3500N with Jetdirect)
6) 1 hour changing the 64 bit machine network from the MB NIC to Killer NIC card
7) 15 minutes setting up Homenetwork to share files
8) 15 hours getting rid of Homenetwork and setting up a Workgroup so we can share with our XP computers which ultimately failed. I read and did most of the advice offered here, at MajorGeeks and MyDigitalLife. Like turning on XP Simple File Sharing Homenetworking can cause mysteries so it was faster to reinstall.
9) 4 hours reinstall back to the end of step 6
10) 5 hours set up UI like XP, close but not perfect. I was still slow using the Win7 interface and saw no path to speed things up. Then I saw a hacker friend with tiny7
11) 4 hours wipe it all, put in tiny7, steal the user settings, wipe tiny7
12) 6 hours to re-do everything I wanted including custom wallpaper
Now we are cooking! Fast, stable, fully shared Win7 with "only" 61 hours work.

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A:Real time to get Windows 7 functioning as XP install

Experience, matey.

Your training will hone it down after enough installs.

100+ installs here, now down to an hour, with subsequent hour sometimes for special issues although there can always be issues that are ongoing.

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Up to this point, I have yet to run into a computer I couldn't fix. I have fixed a myriad of desktops, laptops, netbooks, Apple, Linux, etc., installing Windows was one of my most common chores. Having built many a Windows systems, I could probably do it in my sleep! That was until I came across this piece of s**t! It won't even boot from its own internal DVD drive; huh? It's even invisible to the cheezy limited bios. I've seen better bios's on an Etch-a-Sketch! OK, not the end of the world (I thought), I can boot to a usb flash drive. I make two (2) of them, one legacy bios support, and one uefi. They boot fine, pretending everything is fine, but no matter what I do, how I configure cmos settings, no matter what drive I use, or what utility I use to burn the image, I get a failure at 89% of preparing files. I have seen this happen a few times during my tenure of installing Windows 8.1, including my personal machine I am using at this very moment, however, it has always eventually completed successfully. Not this Lenovo pile. What have you people done to the IBM laptop? I have worked on truck loads of these computers with great success. They were built like tanks, functioned well, easily upgradeable, etc. Thanks for ruining a good product. I have searched for posts of similar problems and the posted solutions were dubious at best. I have never in my life been so pissed off at an electronic monstrosity as I am at this worthless can of chips! If there really is a solution, I wo... Read more

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I am rebuilding a workstation here and I am wonder "when" (In terms of order) do you guy run Windows Update during a bare metal reinstall of Windows 7?

I currently do ALL my drivers first (and confirm all devices are working) and then move over to Windows Update. But I see some folks go to WU right after the Windows 7 installer is done and you are placed on the desktop for the first time?




A:When is the best time to do Windows Update in a fresh install?

Personally I would do as you said and install the up to date drivers first then apply the updates. That way you wouldn't install any outdated drivers windows update may throw up. After all updates create a system image and store it somewhere safe, that way you never have to go through the process again, you can just recover from your image and save yourself hours of time.


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