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Windows 7 Flash Drive install issues

I had W 7 installed on my HDD. I then installed an SSD (30Gb) and installed W7 on that. How do I transfer the settings to the SSD from the HDD? And also how do I prevent the PC asking which OS to boot from and waiting 20 seconds to boot from one or the other, as the PC now sees two OSes installed on the PC?

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So you left the hard drive in and then installed

Windows 7 on the SSD drive? This means you do have two copies available. Did you consider just cloning the OS to the SSD? Perhaps you have your reasons for doing as you did but it seems cloning would have been the better choice.

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Windows 7 SSD install issues

How do you clone just the OS to the SSD?

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Well, you can't clone just the OS

of a drive that has other software and data on it. I guess it wasn't clear exactly what your final goal was when you mentioned transferring settings. You can use cloning software...purchased or transfer the entire contents of one drive to another in a fashion that makes it bootable. Or you can do a clean installation of Windows and manually transfer data. But, you would want to do that installation with only your SSD drive present during the installation as Win7 will see and interact with that drive. This is why you're asked which to boot from. If you want the entire contents of the old drive transferred, you can use cloning software but I can't get into instructions for how to do that. If you don't want the software on the old drive transferred, then you do a clean installation with only one drive present and attach the other drive later to transfer any data.

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To transfer the settings

use the Windows Easy Transfer Wizard.
As to cloning, you clone the entire contents of the drive Windows, Programs, data files and all.
If you don't want 2 copies of the OS, you will need to get rid of one.
To get rid of the first one on the hdd, you will need to boot with the W7 dvd format the hdd, and then run a repair instalation the ssd to recover the boot files.

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