Solved

Can you pre-install Windows 10 onto a SSD (using another computer) prior to installing the SSD into the final computer

I have an old computer on windows 7.
I want to swap that computer from a hard drive to SSD and want to do a clean install as there is so much junk on that old computer. I have a windows 10 KEY (not disc) that I bought.
I have 2 other computers in the house. Here is my question.

Can i hook up the new ssd to one of my other computers, and download windows 10 onto it, and THEN put the ssd into the old computer and have it work right away?
11 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about pre install windows ssd computer prior installing ssd final computer
  1. Anytime you install an operating system on a drive in a PC, the windows installation will set itself up based on the motherboard devices, chipset, CPU, etc. it finds on that PC. Chances of it working flawlessly when moved to a 2nd PC are slim. Possible, but fraught with problems unless the two PCs are very similar.
  2. yea it would be easier to just put it onto a USB drive and install it into your new PC
  3. ryes2000 said:

    Can i hook up the new ssd to one of my other computers, and download windows 10 onto it, and THEN put the ssd into the old computer and have it work right away?


    99% no.
  4. clutchc said:
    Anytime you install an operating system on a drive in a PC, the windows installation will set itself up based on the motherboard devices, chipset, CPU, etc. it finds on that PC. Chances of it working flawlessly when moved to a 2nd PC are slim. Possible, but fraught with problems unless the two PCs are very similar.

    Hmm ok how about if I plug the Ssd into the old computer thru a removable usb enclosure (which the Ssd came with) and somehow tried to install Windows 10 on that (can you do that on a computer running Windows 7) and then took out the old computer's hd and installed the Ssd?
  5. Whats wrong with downloading windows 10 iso to a usb drive and installing windows onto the new drive using that?
  6. ryes2000 said:
    clutchc said:
    Anytime you install an operating system on a drive in a PC, the windows installation will set itself up based on the motherboard devices, chipset, CPU, etc. it finds on that PC. Chances of it working flawlessly when moved to a 2nd PC are slim. Possible, but fraught with problems unless the two PCs are very similar.

    Hmm ok how about if I plug the Ssd into the old computer thru a removable usb enclosure (which the Ssd came with) and somehow tried to install Windows 10 on that (can you do that on a computer running Windows 7) and then took out the old computer's hd and installed the Ssd?



    No.
    You can't install the OS to a USB connected drive.
  7. ryes2000 said:
    clutchc said:
    Anytime you install an operating system on a drive in a PC, the windows installation will set itself up based on the motherboard devices, chipset, CPU, etc. it finds on that PC. Chances of it working flawlessly when moved to a 2nd PC are slim. Possible, but fraught with problems unless the two PCs are very similar.

    Hmm ok how about if I plug the Ssd into the old computer thru a removable usb enclosure (which the Ssd came with) and somehow tried to install Windows 10 on that (can you do that on a computer running Windows 7) and then took out the old computer's hd and installed the Ssd?



    You're making no sense. Why not just put the SSD into the old PC and install Win10 on it?
  8. clutchc said:
    ryes2000 said:
    clutchc said:
    Anytime you install an operating system on a drive in a PC, the windows installation will set itself up based on the motherboard devices, chipset, CPU, etc. it finds on that PC. Chances of it working flawlessly when moved to a 2nd PC are slim. Possible, but fraught with problems unless the two PCs are very similar.

    Hmm ok how about if I plug the Ssd into the old computer thru a removable usb enclosure (which the Ssd came with) and somehow tried to install Windows 10 on that (can you do that on a computer running Windows 7) and then took out the old computer's hd and installed the Ssd?



    You're making no sense. Why not just put the SSD into the old PC and install Win10 on it?

    Well I assume that since I don't have a Windows disc that if I put my blank Ssd into my desktop the computer won't allow me to get to the point where it allows me to download Windows onto the Ssd. I do see from the other answers that I can download the Windows 10 iso onto a usb stick (I'm assuming they mean the one at this link https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/software-download/windows10 - that I should copy onto my usb stick the .exe file that downloads)
    but when I did that and installed the ssd, I ran into a few problems. First I wasn't sure which of the many USB ports on the front or back to put the usb drive. Second on the boot priority I assume I change it to usb first but there were several usb options on the bios.
  9. ryes2000 said:
    clutchc said:
    ryes2000 said:
    clutchc said:
    Anytime you install an operating system on a drive in a PC, the windows installation will set itself up based on the motherboard devices, chipset, CPU, etc. it finds on that PC. Chances of it working flawlessly when moved to a 2nd PC are slim. Possible, but fraught with problems unless the two PCs are very similar.

    Hmm ok how about if I plug the Ssd into the old computer thru a removable usb enclosure (which the Ssd came with) and somehow tried to install Windows 10 on that (can you do that on a computer running Windows 7) and then took out the old computer's hd and installed the Ssd?



    You're making no sense. Why not just put the SSD into the old PC and install Win10 on it?

    Well I assume that since I don't have a Windows disc that if I put my blank Ssd into my desktop the computer won't allow me to get to the point where it allows me to download Windows onto the Ssd. I do see from the other answers that I can download the Windows 10 iso onto a usb stick (I'm assuming they mean the one at this link https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/software-download/windows10 - that I should copy onto my usb stick the .exe file that downloads)
    but when I did that and installed the ssd, I ran into a few problems. First I wasn't sure which of the many USB ports on the front or back to put the usb drive. Second on the boot priority I assume I change it to usb first but there were several usb options on the bios.


    You have a USB with a Windows install on it, created with the Microsoft USB/DVD tool.
    You also have a hard drive (SSD?) connected via USB.
    You wish to install boot from the USB install media and install the OS on that USB connected drive.

    Correct?

    This will not work.
  10. Let's go back about 18 steps.

    What do you have in terms of drives, and OS's, and OS licenses?
    What do you wish the end state to be?
  11. Best answer
    If you have a legal copy of Win7 on the HDD, clone it to the SSD. Then take advantage of the free upgrade to Win10 that you will be badgered with from now until June.
Ask a new question

Read More

windows 10 SSD Computers