I've got a Windows 7 install running on my laptop, and will be upgrading to an SSD shortly. If I take a Windows system image backup from my current HD, and restore it to my SSD, will I get the SSD optimizations, or does Windows do those checks during the install? If so, is there some way I can force Windows to recheck and/or act accordingly?
I think you can apply the image on the new SSD. Afterwards you can check what Windows think of the drive. Run this from a cmd window...
fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify
If DisableDeleteNotify = 0 then Windows recognize your SSD.
Here are some links/hints for SSD drives: