I use SSD for OS and a few proggys and that's it. I guess I got no problem reinstalling but like I said, I have to install Vista first then upgrade to Win 7.
If I were to try and repair the boot, which disc would I use the Vista or the Win 7 upgrade?
First, you don't have to install Vista first, you can do a clean install which doesn't require Vista installation. Yes, even with the upgrade version of Windows 7.
Okay, that's not quite accurate... I've done 8 installs (initial installation + 7 re-installs) of Windows 7 Pro Upgrade in 2 years on the same computer (each after various hardware upgrades) and I only had to install XP twice...
First install was to 16GB Compact Flash card but the reader stopped working shortly after that first installation, so I switched to a spare 80GB hard drive for the 2nd XP install. It's extremely helpful to have an external enclosure, especially if it's one with an on-off button...
1> What you need to do is install Vista to a spare hard drive and activate it, if in the computer, unplug the SATA data cable (not power cable), or unplug or turn off external enclosure.
2> Install Windows 7 through your method of choice - I use the USB thumb drive install, but the method used doesn't matter. USB thumb drive is just more convenient for me.
3> When asked, choose custom install
instead of upgrade
4> Select & setup SSD for install, then begin install.
5> When you reach the point that installation asks for the Product Key, turn on external enclosure or plug drive back in then enter your product key. After entering your Product Key, Windows installation will automatically search for a valid upgrade ready product (XP/Vista), installed then continue once it's found. After installation progresses you can then remove the drive & store it for later use, keep it plugged in, or whatever else your heart desires.
Although Dedgar's reinstall method should work, it's against the EULA. The upgrade version requires a licensed & activated
previous or current version of Windows (7 Home to 7 Pro for example) to be legal and within the terms of the EULA. You cannot activate Windows without an activation key, thus, you're violating the EULA.