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I just bought a new SSD and want to do a fresh install of win 10 on it but I'm not sure how.

I currently have win 10 on my harddrive but dont want to use this drive anymore.

How exactly do i tackle this?

thanks!
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Go to microsoft's site and get the mediacreation tool (the windows 10 downloader/installer) and download the ISO for windows 10.
Put ISO on CD.
Place CD in CD drive.
Restart PC.
Open BIOS.
Set CD drive as boot priority, save and reboot.
Press any key to boot from CD.
Windows 10 installer will now begin, select custom (Advanced) install, and set up your drives/format drives as you see fit.
Proceed with installation.
Install drivers once done.

At any point in time if it asks for a license key, skip it. If you have previously installed Windows 10, your license will automatically update when you have an internet connection.

Note: some people have various prefer methods for getting the ISO onto your CD. An example is the program ImgBurn.
Note2: This would be the method for a reformat installation, aka, wiping drives to start fresh again.
Edited by Overlord X - 11/8/15 at 3:14pm
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how will it know i have a previously installed key if this is going on a brand new hard drive?
Edited by ryder - 11/9/15 at 2:34pm
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how will it know i have a previously installed key if this is going on a brand new hard drive?
The windows 10 registration is tied to the major hardware (ie motherboard). As long as your current win 10 install is activated, then once you install it on the SSD, Windows will go check microsoft servers verify that the hardware matches that windows installation.
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The windows 10 registration is tied to the major hardware (ie motherboard). As long as your current win 10 install is activated, then once you install it on the SSD, Windows will go check microsoft servers verify that the hardware matches that windows installation.

I want to know this aswell, what if you do a complete re-build new m/b ram. gpu, hard-drives , m.2, ssd.
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The windows 10 registration is tied to the major hardware (ie motherboard). As long as your current win 10 install is activated, then once you install it on the SSD, Windows will go check microsoft servers verify that the hardware matches that windows installation.

I want to know this aswell, what if you do a complete re-build new m/b ram. gpu, hard-drives , m.2, ssd.


Though luck if you have the "free" Windows 10 upgrade. Some people don't know that that license is the same as an OEM license, it's tied to your system. You'll have to buy a retail copy of Windows 10 if you want to build a new system. And if it's been more than a month since you upgraded from a retail copy of Windows 7 / 8.1, you will have forfeited that license in the process too.

So, say you are coming from a retail Windows 7 copy, the "free" Windows 10 upgrade that is being offered has OEM conditions, not retail, so you're not exactly doing a great thing by limiting yourself in terms of future builds.
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I thought you can migrate it over to a new system, ive got a key for mine, i was just going to delete my drivers and put the old ssd in new system and then mirror it to a new drive and then let windows find the new hardware. There are so many different answers to this , on here and in place like utube, the info from microsoft is not very clear at all. I guess its a matter of just try and see what happens, il just put my windows 8.1 on new m/c and let it do the upgrade that way if not.
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I want to know this aswell, what if you do a complete re-build new m/b ram. gpu, hard-drives , m.2, ssd.

As said above, it's specifically the motherboard that's the issue here.
I can tell you from first hand experience, that doing a rebuild will not change anything, so long as the motherboard remains.

If your rebuild involves the motherboard, you'll run into issues with activation, and will need to look into a new copy of windows.
Of course, there are ways around this... Such as if you have an older copy of windows, you will be able to install that, and upgrade once again to Windows 10. So long as the free upgrade remains (not sure how much longer we get that for)
post #9 of 27
I'm not sure if this has been implemented yet or if they're still going to do it, but it seems you can input your old 7/8 key and activate the new motherboard.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/next-big-windows-10-release-will-ease-activation-hassles/
post #10 of 27
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One last question, I just booted from win 10 cd with a brand new sad aattached to mobo. When I chose custom install and I had the option to partition, format, etc etc I just clicked next without choosing any option as my drive is brand new.

Was that correct? Or should I have still formatted?
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