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Do I need to be on the system/drive I'll be using? I'm on my laptop right now which isn't using the same license for Windows. I just didn't know if this whole plan needed me to be using the copy of Windows I'll be transfering or whatever.
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Nope. It's ANY Windows pc. It has nothing to do with your licence.
Although if you plan on installing x64 version of windows (you should) and your laptop has x86 version of windows, you need to find a 32bit (EDIT) bootsect to create the bootable USB
Edited by guiJY - 8/24/13 at 5:26pm
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Originally Posted by geek12 View Post

Ok guys,

To make a long story short I'm upgrading my old system and getting an SSD as part of it. I want to keep the HDD as storage. This is all on a new mobo. So originally I had Vista 32-bit on the HDD back in the day but then I got Windows 7 64-bit via an upgrade disk. My question is: Can I install the same copy of Vista in the SSD (assuming that doesn't cause any issues since Vista wasn't really SSD friendly right...that wouldn;t mess up TRIM or anything right?) and the use the same upgrade disk to get Windows 7 64-bit again? Then I'll reconnect the old HDD and wipe it clean, thereby eliminating any Windows license conflicts.
Thanks biggrin.gif

You cannot "upgrade" a 32-bit OS to 64-bit. A full re-installation is required. Even if you're going from Windows 7 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit, you still need to reinstall from scratch. That also means reinstalling all of your software and settings.

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@ Greg yeah I know it has to be a Clean (Custom) install I'm just trying to do it on a new SSD yet I only have Windows 7 Upgrade disks (meaning they only work when your already booted in Vista, see its legit, and then begin installation) so I can't do a fresh install on a blank drive. I think the problem will be solved using guiJY's method though.
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They're both 64 guiJY so that's not an issue.
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Ok guys,

To make a long story short I'm upgrading my old system and getting an SSD as part of it. I want to keep the HDD as storage. This is all on a new mobo. So originally I had Vista 32-bit on the HDD back in the day but then I got Windows 7 64-bit via an upgrade disk. My question is: Can I install the same copy of Vista in the SSD (assuming that doesn't cause any issues since Vista wasn't really SSD friendly right...that wouldn;t mess up TRIM or anything right?) and the use the same upgrade disk to get Windows 7 64-bit again? Then I'll reconnect the old HDD and wipe it clean, thereby eliminating any Windows license conflicts.
Thanks biggrin.gif

No need for Vista installation. All you need is in here: http://winsupersite.com/article/windows-7/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media-128512

Just remember that when installing Windows 7 make sure only the SSD is connected and not the second HDD with Vista. Just to make sure that you don't get any funky boot issues later on. thumb.gif
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