Clean Install/Upgrade To W10 (Using new SSD) From W7 32bit

I've got a fairly old PC with Windows7 SP1. (It's not capable of running a 64 bit OS).
The Installation is a bit screwed up so I want to do a clean install of W10.

I'm going to fit a new SSD.
How do I do a clean install/Upgrade of W10 to the new SSD?
(I'll be leaving the old mechanical disk with W7 in the PC).
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerAsked:
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McKnifeCommented:
Clone Windows to your ssd, reactivate it, start the upgrade and select to "keep nothing" in advanced options.

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EirmanChief Operations ManagerAuthor Commented:
That sounds good McKnife!

Can you confirm that the Keep nothing option performs a clean install.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Keep nothing does NOT do a clean install.

Beware that something that old may not run Windows 10. I upgraded an old Windows 7 and it was a failure - substandard video and no networking. Waste of time.

You can reinstall Windows 7, add nothing, upgrade to Windows 10 and if it works, that is close to a clean install
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McKnifeCommented:
John, then please describe what "keep nothing" does instead - I did this and it looks like a clean installation to me.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Keep nothing removes software and data but still requires the base Windows 7 (or 8) operating system to be in place first. It could be useful it one is trying to upgrade software, but the overall process is still an upgrade.
McKnifeCommented:
Sure does it require win7 first - that's what he has. That's why I recommend it. No need to reinstall 7 clean, first.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If the registry is corrupted, a fresh install of Windows 7 may be helpful. We cannot know precisely.
McKnifeCommented:
We cannot know? You must be joking. "keep nothing" disregards the state of the current machine. I did this myself.
EirmanChief Operations ManagerAuthor Commented:
My corrupted registry (or whatever it is) requires a clean install.
I'll do a fresh install of W7 .... clone it ..... and work from there.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have done it as well.
McKnifeCommented:
"I'll do a fresh install of W7 .... clone it ..... and work from there." - you are now up to doing even 2 unnecessary steps. If you want to install 7 clean (no need), then please at least install to the ssd right away.
rindiCommented:
You could also, rather than cloning Windows 7, first upgrade your current disk directly to Windows 10. Whether you opt to keep nothing or not doesn't really matter, but I recommend to keep everything so that if anything goes wrong you can easily return to Windows 7.

Once the upgrade works, and you have verified it is activated, remove the old disk and replace it with the SSD, then install directly from the Windows 10 DVD you created using the media creation tool. Since now the PC is registered with m$ and activated, you just need to skip any Questions where you are asked about product keys, and once the OS is installed and you have internet connectivity, it will activate automatically.

That way you save the cloning process, and the SSD should be properly formatted with TRIM which no all cloning tools do.

Also make sure that before you install to the SSD, make sure it is on the newest firmware.
Michael-BestCommented:
Do not know why you would spend money and time using a new SSD win. 7 to win. 10 upgrade on an old 32 bit PC???
32 bit will be slow and a waste of the fast new SSD.
Get a 64 bit PC is my recommendation.
McKnifeCommented:
Michael has a point for sure.
If you decide to upgrade your win7 license on that old thing, win10 is tied to that hardware. So far, it is not really well known if MS will let you exchange your hardware some point in the future and keep win10, so we shouldn't trust they will. So it's rather not a waste of an ssd (which can speed up old machines a lot) but rather a waste of a license (which is worth more than that old hardware).

Because: if it's really a 32-bit-only processor, then we are talking about hardware that is 8, 10 years old, maybe even older and could die any day. What laptop model is that?
rindiCommented:
Windows 7 is already licensed for the PC, and the Windows 10 upgrade is free, so I don't think this is a waste of a Windows 10 license. Also, 32 bit PC's don't necessarily have to be that old. Some low-end PC's, particularly with Atom CPU's are 32 bit. The Atom CPU line is still relatively new and many of the most used Atom models are 32 bit.

The difference of 32 bit and 64 bit also isn't really about speed, but rather of better memory management. An SSD would run the same on a 32 bit as on a 64 bit CPU. The bigger speed issue, if the PC is old, is that it probably only uses SATA-I or SATA-II, rather than SATA-III with which most SSD's would work fastest. But the SATA interface type has nothing to do with the CPU architecture, and you can also find many 64 bit CPU's that run on old mainboards with old SATA ports.
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