installing Windows 7 Enterprise, full install, how to do this

I'm going to install Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 on my home computer (that's the only option from company's MSDN subscription).

I want to do a clean install but on a new HD (Samsung SSD 840 Pro), then make my current HD a 2nd internal drive.

So how do I do this ? I have the W7 software as an ISO file. I suppose I should burn this to a DVD, but I've never burned a CD / DVD.

Then remove old HD and install SSD drive, then insert DVD with ISO file, and then everything works great ?

then later hook up current HD as second internal drive.

I've fiddled with internal components before, HD, memory, etc., but not sure about putting in this new, clean SSD drive.
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wolfcamelCommented:
you describe it fine.

you need some software to burn a dvd from the ISO - most cdburning software has this. Look for an option to create disk from image or from iso

putting in the ssd will be very easy - just unplug the existing drive and swap the cables over.
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FdpxAP-GJLCommented:
Hi,

I would use a thumb drive to do the install.

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows7/a/install-windows-7-usb.htm

much easier and faster. Also you can put any drivers you might need on the thumb drive.

If you want to transfer your profile use Windows Easy transfer to back up the profile. You can restore it from Windows 7.

Disconnect the old HDD, and connect the SSD in it's place. (should be SATA port 0)

Install Windows 7

Connect the old HDD to a different SATA port on the motherboard.

Regards

Gordon
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
Ok, great, thanks. I'll work on burning the ISO to DVD.
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
Gordon, great, I was wondering about the flash drive. Good tip on W7 profile too. I'll pick up a large enough flash drive tomorrow and give it a shot.
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FdpxAP-GJLCommented:
4 GB will do.

Gordon
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nobusCommented:
if you want it fast - use an USB 3 drive - if your PC supports USB 3
if you want to install from CD, you can use the  CDburnerXp for buring the iso image to cd  :
http://cdburnerxp.se/

another option if you like is migrating your system to SSD with Paragon's tool :
http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/migrate-OS-to-SSD/
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
nobus, thanks for the tips and links. I doubt if my machine supports USB 3, it's 4 years old, although it's decent, 4MB RAM, 64-bit, etc.
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
nobus, whoa, the paragon thing sounds good . . . so I can put in the SSD drive, download Paragon, run the thing, and zap, my OS (Windows ultimate) is cleanly on a new drive ? thus accomplishing what I wanted to do: clean install of Windows, and my data resides on the current HD ?
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nobusCommented:
>>  my OS (Windows ultimate) is cleanly on a new drive ?  <<  Not exactly
it will move your old OS + programs, updates AND bugs to the SSD; and Also your DATA
If you want a clean install - then you have to start from fresh

but if you have no problems now, the paragon solution will work fine


so -if you want the data on the old drive -  it's already there - and on the new one
a possible problem can arise if the size of the data is too much for the SSD (then remove the data, to an external disk drive, or copy it to DVD's
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
Nobus, ok, thanks.  I'm looking for a clean install because of various bugs, sluggishness, etc. I did get two new memory modules and did a lot of fixes over the last 18 months, and the system is stable (no BSOD), but just sluggish. But good to know about Paragon.
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nobusCommented:
then i would go for the fresh install.
choose the usb - or dvd as you like

and don't forget to download the drivers first -  always good to have them
then disconnect the old drive, so that only the SSD is connected for the install
once finished, connect it back
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
ok, great, thanks again.
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nobusCommented:
post result!
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
ok, will do.
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
do I install the drivers before, during, or after installing Windows 7 ?
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FdpxAP-GJLCommented:
Should be enough in W7 to get base system up with no additional drivers.

Get Sata and nic drivers before you trash old machine as if you have tese you can get online and grab the rest when base install complete.
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
woo-hoo, got Windows 7 Enterprise installed on new SSD drive :-), no installation issues.

main issue so far is it's not recognizing 2nd monitor, which worked before. The main monitor looks good (the white connection), but the blue VGA connection isn't working. When I look at the display settings, there's only one monitor. it's definitely connected and turned on.

I'll also get the orig HD set up as a 2nd internal drive, but will work on that tomorrow.

Fd, ok, thanks, I will just pick up things as needed, so far so good.
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nobusCommented:
i always install the OS
then the drivers
then the applications and updates (i turn off updates directly, to avoid the wait for updates during installation)
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
nobus, ok, thanks. I'm really not sure what drivers I need, so I posted a question in HP forum. So far it's going well.

I also got Office 2010 SP-1 installed, so I'm good to go there.

and my 2nd monitor came online, I jiggled with the connection.

Will work on setting up the orig hard drive as 2nd drive tonight, and will post another question.
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nobusCommented:
you can always post the link to other Q's here, so we can follow you
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
Ugh - memory still a problem . . . must be some underlying issue, like the computer is old. But it does have 4GB RAM, a new SSD, 2.2 GHz. On another forum, a guy said to get a new CPU. See here

And when I close Chrome, CPU immediately goes to 15%. Then I reopen Chrome - and it zooms back to 100%, then 88%, etc.
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nobusCommented:
>>  memory still a problem   <<  in what way?
i doubt a cpu will help
you can use taskmanager to check on the cause : select performance tab, then click Resource Monitor, and check what is using the cpu
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