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Re-Installing Windows 7

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Hi everyone,

I've got a big of a question about re-installing Windows. Currently, the hard drive it's on is rather old (4-5 years I think) and it's rather low capacity (250 gb).

I would like to set up Windows to a different drive, maybe even net myself an SSD and put it there.

The question I have is, do I have to reinstall everything after changing the drives Windows is on?

I'm assuming that I will need to reinstall the drivers and stuff for the PC based on the fact that the drive they'll be on will no longer exist. I'm just not sure about programs like games and such which are on a different drive.

Many thanks for the input.
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Yes, everything will have to be re-installed. Just about every program you install makes entries in the Registry which of course will be gone when you install a clean copy of Windows elsewhere.
 
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I thought so. Was hoping there was an alternative, but I highly doubted it. I suppose it's for the best, clean out all the old stuff.
 
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As long as you are not changing any other hardware (other than the hard drive) you should be able to just clone the installation to another drive without any problems.

A fresh installation might be a better option if you want everything fresh though.
 
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Cloning is an option for sure if the os is in good shape. I cloned the drive in one of my rigs when I went from a 320 gb drive to a 1tb drive.
 
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Link to "Cloning" info plz?
 
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I'm guessing he means imaging the drive. I think I'll just go for the fresh install that way there aren't too many problems. Better start to list the stuff I need to D/L (can't find the MB CDs...)
 
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Cloning to an SSD is not a good idea. When you install 7 to an SSD it make changes to the system to optimize the system for an SSD