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 ===What I did 12/12-13/2019=== ===What I did 12/12-13/2019===
 I wanted to have a fresh, SSD-based Windows 10 system on my laptop. I wanted to have a fresh, SSD-based Windows 10 system on my laptop.
-  - Visit MicroCenter and bought a 1TB SSD for $110 plus tax. +  - I visited MicroCenter and bought a 1TB SSD for $110 plus tax. 
-    - They have 500GB SSD's and even 240GB SSD's for $25. This as of 20191212. +    - They have 500GB SSD'and larger ones than 1TB, and even 240GB SSD's for $25. This as of 20191212. 
-  - Installed it physically into the laptop+  - Installed it physically into the laptop
     - Remove existing HD     - Remove existing HD
     - Replace with SSD     - Replace with SSD
-  - Got a bootable USB drive+  - Make a bootable USB drive
     - Microsoft Store said they'd do this     - Microsoft Store said they'd do this
     - You'll need a USB that's 8GB or larger (ISO image today was 5.4GB)     - You'll need a USB that's 8GB or larger (ISO image today was 5.4GB)
     - But I installed it myself by visiting [[https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/]] and following instructions to burn a bootable USB drive.       - But I installed it myself by visiting [[https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/]] and following instructions to burn a bootable USB drive.  
-  - Set laptop to allow boot from USB+  - Set laptop to allow boot from USB (in BIOS)
   - Insert USB and boot laptop   - Insert USB and boot laptop
-  - I needed to delete existing partitions [as I'installed Linux to test the SSD in the laptop]. +  - I needed to delete existing partitions [as I had installed Linux to test the SSD in the laptop]. 
-  - Annoying: the installation didn't tell me to remove USB so it kept looping and asking me to install (again). So, after you see install complete and a reboot, pull out the USB stick.+  - Annoying: the Windows 10 installation process didn't tell me to remove USB -- so it kept looping and asking me to install (again). So, after you see install complete and a reboot, pull out the USB stick.
   - You then have a fresh Windows 10 install and get to shut up Cortana and answer all of the questions MS asks you.   - You then have a fresh Windows 10 install and get to shut up Cortana and answer all of the questions MS asks you.
  
   * Note that I did not need to have my Windows 10 license.  Microsoft Store guru said that the license was linked to my PC's MAC address and would automatically apply (note: laptop had previously had Windows 10 installed.)   * Note that I did not need to have my Windows 10 license.  Microsoft Store guru said that the license was linked to my PC's MAC address and would automatically apply (note: laptop had previously had Windows 10 installed.)
   * I've put my old HD into a case so I can access its files as an external hard disk -- so no need to clone except now I have to load all the software!   * I've put my old HD into a case so I can access its files as an external hard disk -- so no need to clone except now I have to load all the software!
 +  * I'll be using LibreOffice in place of MS Office.
  
 ====Notes for Cloning==== ====Notes for Cloning====
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