How to Install Windows on New SSD Laptop [Easy Guide]

After buying a new SSD, you may want to know how to install Windows on new SSD laptop for better performance. You can use a OS migration tool to transfer Windows 11/10 to new laptop SSD without reinstalling or create a Windows media creation tool to reinstall Windows 11/10 on SSD.


By Hedy / Updated on May 12, 2023

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How do I put Windows on a new laptop SSD?

"I want to do a clean install of Windows 10 OS on a new SSD and make this the boot drive. I would like to keep the old WD 1T hard drive as a storage drive. What is the best/easiest procedure for extracting the old Windows 10 OS from the old hard drive? I'm not sure that I know how to install Windows on new SSD laptop."

Do I need to install Windows on my new SSD?

When Windows is running slow on the traditional hard disk drive (HDD), installing Windows on a new SSD is one of the most effective ways to give you a fresh start. This is mainly because SSD has better performance than HDD.

For example, a solid-state drive uses flash memory to read and write data, so it has faster speed, nearly 100 times faster than HDD. Besides, SSD has no moving parts, making it more durable and resistant to shock and vibration and reducing noise while working. Besides, its small size and long lifespan have made SSD the winner of the two drives. Due to these benefits, most users want to know how to install Windows on new SSD laptop to make their computer boot up faster and run smoother.

As technology advances, Windows installation is no longer a tricky task. Usually, there are two methods for you to install Windows on a new SSD. One is to clone Windows from the old hard drive to the new SSD with a reliable disk cloning utility, and the other is to clean install Windows from scratch using an installation disk or bootable USB. To know more details and specific steps, please keep reading.

How to install Windows on new SSD laptop via OS migration tool

To put your current Windows operating system onto a new SSD from an old HDD, the easiest way is to use third-party software to directly migrate OS from your old drive to the new solid-state drive. In this straightforward way, you can work on a faster laptop without reinstalling Windows.

Among all the OS migration tools on the market, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is the top recommendation that can let you install Windows on new laptop SSD within several clicks. It supports transferring Windows between MBR and GPT disks. In addition, it can clone the entire hard drive, copy a single partition, and move installed programs to another drive.

You can download the demo version and have a free trial to see how to install Windows 10 on new SSD laptop:

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Step 1. Connect the new SSD to your computer and ensure it can be detected. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Then, click "Migrate OS" from the "Clone" menu.


Step 2. Select an unallocated space on your target disk as the target location. If there is no unallocated space, you can check "I want to delete all partitions on the disk 2 to migrate system to the disk" and then click "Next".


Step 3. Then, you will be asked to resize partition and modify other information (including location, and drive letter) of the partition on new disk. Change it based on your needs or keep the default settings.


Step 4. A note about how to boot OS from the cloned hard drive will show up, keep it in mind and click "Finish" to continue.


Step 5. You'll be back to the main interface, click "Apply" > "Proceed" and the OS migration will begin.


How to install Windows on new SSD laptop via Windows media creation tool

If you don't want to download third-party software, using a USB installation media is also a good alternative way. All you need is to create an installation media, boot from it, and start installing Windows step by step. Although Microsoft has made it easier and faster to make a Windows 10 bootable USB drive, it still needs many procedures and takes lots of time and energy.

If you have already prepared these things, go straight to the below steps to see how to install Windows 10 on new laptop SSD:

✿ An empty USB drive (at least 8GB) for creating Windows installation media.
✿ Download Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from the official website.
✿ Back up important files on the current system just in case of any deletion during the installation process.

Step 1. Run the media creation tool as an administrator.

Step 2. Hit "Accept" in the "Applicable notices and license terms" window.


Step 3. Tick "Create installation media for another PC" and hit "Next".


Step 4. Select language, architecture, and edition and click on "Next".


Step 5. Select "USB flash drive" in the "Choose which media to use" window and hit "Next".


Step 6. Choose your prepared USB flash drive from "Removable drives" and then, hit "Next".


Step 7. Once completed, Windows 10 will be installed to the device, which means the Windows installation media has been successfully created.

Step 8. Remove the old system disk and install the new SSD on your computer. Then, restart your PC, press and hold the function key right away (usually F2, Del, F10, or F12) until the BIOS screen is displayed.

Step 9. In BIOS, navigate to Boot Manager and set the installation USB to be the first boot device.


Step 10. Save the settings and exit the BIOS. Then, your PC will boot from the bootable USB drive. 

Step 11. Then, you will enter Windows Setup automatically. There, select language, architecture, and edition, and click on "Next" to proceed.


Step 12. Then, click "Install now".


Step 13. In the "Activate Windows", enter your key or skip it by clicking "I don't have a product key".


Step 14. In the new window, select "Custom: Install Windows only(advanced)".


Step 15. Select the drive you want to install Windows on, click "New" and then click "Next".


Step 16. Wait for the Windows installation to be completed patiently.

That's all about how to install Windows on a new SSD with a Windows installation media. Compared with transferring Windows using an OS migration tool, this method requires a lot of time and energy. If you are not a computer expert, the first method is much more recommended.


How to install Windows on new SSD laptop? On this page, you have learned two effective methods with detailed steps. Hope you have mastered them and can complete these operations by yourself. If you wish to install Windows on Windows Server laptop, please turn to AOMEI Partition Assistant Server which is designed for Windows Server users.

Besides, it’s suggested to keep AOMEI software on your computer, which can be seen as a disk manager to manage your partitions and disks with its satisfying features, including recovering lost partition, aligning SSD partitions, wiping hard drives, deleting/resizing/moving/partitions, etc.

Hedy · Staff Editor
Hedy is an editor of AOMEI Technology. She is very good at solving problems of partition management, and she wants to share all the problems she had already solved to users who met the same questions.