What is the best way to Move my OS from HDD to SSD?

I just finished building my PC (this was my first complete build) and i'm not seeing the speed increase I hoped I would see. It's faster of course, but I think the speed would really increase if I added a SSD drive to boot my OS from and used my 1 TB HDD for storing the program files on.

The build was pretty easy as far as the mechanical part, but the hardest part was re-loading Windows 7 Home Premium and getting it working on the new PC. I read some hear on the forum about this and so far I haven't had to call MS to get it activated (I read that some members who built new machines had to do that).

I have a MacBook Pro with a 1 TB SSD drive and it loads in seconds so i'm hoping I can speed up my new PC with a SSD for the operating system to boot from. I'm just not sure how to go about re-loading Windows 7 again on the SSD drive and avoiding some of the problems i've already had. One of the issues I had was Windows 7 created 4 huge folders during the re-install (Windows.old, Windows.old 000, Windows.old 001, and Windows.old 002). These 4 folders contained all my original programs and the original OS. I tried to copy them to an external HDD and then delete them, but the first one I tried to delete contained some system files that shouldn't be deleted! I'm not sure how to handle this and if Windows 7 did this again on the SSD it would take up the whole drive!

Here's my System:

Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Intel Core i7 4790K @ 4.00GHz 31 °C
Haswell 22nm Technology
16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 799MHz (11-11-11-28)
ASRock Z97X Killer (CPUSocket) 31 °C
HP 2709 (1920x1080@60Hz)
4096MB ATI AMD Radeon R9 200 Series (Sapphire/PCPartner) 31 °C
931GB Seagate ST1000DM 003-1CH162 SCSI Disk Device (SATA) 30 °C
931GB Western Digital WD Elements 10B8 USB Device (USB)
1862GB Western Digital WD My Book 1140 USB Device (USB)
Optical Drives
Realtek High Definition Audi

Any help and advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.....
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    Best way is a full reinstall of the OS and then all your programs so to be safe, make sure you create a fresh backup before you begin.

    Since you just installed windows, you can simply clone your existing drive to the ssd; it doesnt sound like you have anything else installed yet.
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