Watchmaker wrote:Doesn't WIN10 require hardware authentication? The computer might simply be too old
Only if you have a pre-built and pre-installed OEM licence. It doesn't apply to retail or off the shelf and self-installed OEM.
Marbury wrote:He managed to install Win 10 onto a separate ssd drive, while keeping my old ssd with all my apps, programs etc BUT now win 10 is installed on this new pc, all my desktop icons are gone and I can not access any of my programs as they were.
So, this is on the clean install W10 and you're expecting it to pick-up the previous install programs off the second drive which is the W7 install?
Firstly, the BSOD might be down to there being two boot loaders in there, if it's reading from one and trying to action the other then it wouldn't be the first time I've come across that.
Your icons are within your desktop profile on the old drive. Documents, desktop etc... are always stored within the user profile, largely so that any scenario that uses hotdesking will be able to replicate it across a domain, although as a home user won't have the capability to do this.
Programs when installed to an OS log all it's settings, keys etc.. in the local registry under the user that installed it or all users depending on the tick box you picked on the day. The only way to keep the files as it sounds like you want would be to do an inline install upgrade, rather than a fresh install. "Laplink PC mover" is the closest thing to a third party program that is able to migrate installed software between systems and whilst I've never used it myself, I have other clients who have feedback around 80% - 90% success rate after trying it out.
Marbury wrote: They are all on the drive as they were on win 7 but the new pc does not see them as the old one had them. All I want are my old programs and settings (including windows live mail) but I cant find a way of restoring everything as it was in win 7.
Can I get these old settings from backup and restore I recently created in Win 7 ?
No, the process doesn't exist natively. You can go into the old OS and lift the Mail .PST files (archive) and import that with a bit of Googling, You're otherwise largely looking at a full reinstall otherwise unless you try Laplink.