My Windows 7 desktop was getting a little slow and since I had reserved my free copy of Windows 10 I decided to upgrade. I also decided to switch to SSD. Since the Windows 10 upgrade was free there’s no license key so you have to upgrade your Windows 7 installation and then you can do a clean install.
Here are my steps:
- Backup my Windows 7 hard drive
- Upgrade to Windows 10
- Download the Windows 10 ISO
- Switch to SSD
- Install Windows 10
- When it asks for you a license key, press skip. Windows will activate automatically.
After that I followed these instructions to optimize the SSD usage; move pagefile, disable indexing, etc.
I also moved the entire User profiles directory to my second drive with these instructions. Additionally I noticed that some apps (OneDrive) was still looking for C:\Users so I created a symlink back to D:\Users.