By AOMEI / Last Updated May 15, 2020

Advantages of Windows 10 on SSD

Windows 10 has a good user experience on SSD optimization for Microsoft has made Windows 10 extraordinary with better performances and many more improved features, yet it is familiar that you can find it easy to understand. Therefore, many users want to install Windows 10 on SSD (solid state drive). However, Windows 10 is only free for upgrading from Windows7/8.1. If you do a fresh install of windows 10, you won’t be able to activate it unless you purchase an activation key. Then how do you have Windows 10 on SSD for free?

How to install Windows 10 onto SSD?

1. Migrate the current operating system (OS) to your new SSD disk with third party software. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, free partition software for Windows 10/8/8.1/7/XP, allows you to migrate OS to SSD effortlessly. With its special design, you can just click the option Migrate OS to SSD and follow the wizard to complete the process. It will align partition to optimize for SSD to accelerate the reading and writing speed. Note that the program won’t make any changes to your disk until your click the Apply bottom, so don’t forget to click it when you have done settings.


While running the migration process, you can still use the computer to do your work. Besides, AOMEI Partition Assistant also provides other features that help your manage your disks more easily, such as Convert MBR to GPT without data loss, Make Bootable Media, Disk Copy, and many more.

2. Change boot order or simply disconnect your old HDD. After the OS migration is complete, at startup, press a specific key (usually F2 or Del) to boot into BIOS and then change the boot order from HDD to the new SSD.

3. Upgrade from Windows7/8.1 to Windows 10. After booting from the SSD successfully, you can download the Media creation tool and follow the instructions to start the Windows 10 upgrade. If you have Windows 10 installation disc or ISO file, you can just open it (Windows8/8.1) or mount it, and then run the Setup.exe to start the upgrade.

In summary

In this way, even if something goes wrong while or after upgrading to Windows 10, which has been reported quite many times, you won’t loss anything because you still have your previous version of Windows on your hard drive disk.

When you upgrade to Windows 10, your machine will remember the Windows 10 activation key, so your Windows 10 will be activated automatically even if you format your SSD and do a clean install of Windows 10. If you already upgraded to Windows 10, you can also use AOMEI Partition Assistant to directly migrate Windows 10 to SSD.

If your system drive is too small, the Windows 10 upgrade may fail. In that case, you can use this freeware to extend system partition by shrinking another partition. You can also use Allocate free space to add space to system partition directly if you choose AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. No matter what methods you use to install Windows 10 on SSD, AOMEI partition Assistant can be of great help.