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Add SSD - Query on Windows 10 Reinstall


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#1 daic

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Posted 08 August 2016 - 10:47 PM

Hello,

I purchased a SSD (Samsung 850 EVO - 500GB) and want to use it as the main boot drive.

I know i can copy data from drive to drive to close, but i prefer to do a fresh install - since i originally upgraded using the free upgrade to windows 10, from Windows 8.1.

 

My query is:

How can i reinstall windows fresh on the new SSD,

as i don't believe i am able to create a new boot device(USB) from windows unless the HDD (SSD) already had Window 10?

 

Am i stuck with either purchasing Windows 10 or with having to clone install and do a fresh reinstall from there?

 

~Thank You For Your Time

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 09:37 AM

No, you can use the Media Creation Tool (free from here:  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10/ )

This presumes that you have a Digital Entitlement from reviously having W10 installed on this hardware.  Just changing the hard drive will not significantly affect the digital entitlement.


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Posted 09 August 2016 - 09:43 AM

Adding an SSD to a PC that already has Windows 10 installed is very easy and does not require you to buy Windows 10 again. Just download and install Windows 10 via the Media Creation Tool as described in the tutorial here;

 

http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1950-windows-10-clean-install.html


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Posted 09 August 2016 - 09:44 AM

Sorry, while I was researching the answer usasma beat me to the answer.


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Posted 09 August 2016 - 04:55 PM

Thank you both for the replys!

 

I did take another look into it, and found that same utility

(perhaps i was remembering what it looked like when i did it with a Windows 8.1 machine, could have swore it had different options).

I have the USB ready to go, just need to get the SSD in the case and install.

 

Will let you know if there are any hiccups, but i doubt there will be.

 

~Thanks again for taking the time

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