Windows 10: Cloned windows to new SSD and now it is asking for product code

Discus and support Cloned windows to new SSD and now it is asking for product code in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; Morning fellas Recently I built myself a computer and used a HDD from my laptop However since I cloned that HDD on to a SSD, this morning it is... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by Calbal78, May 29, 2020.

  1. Calbal78 Win User

    Cloned windows to new SSD and now it is asking for product code


    Morning fellas


    Recently I built myself a computer and used a HDD from my laptop


    However since I cloned that HDD on to a SSD, this morning it is asking for a product key


    Is it impossible to solve without buying another copy of windows? Has it recognized that it is attached to new motherboard CPU etc and decided that it is unacceptable and I need to buy a new copy of windows?

    :)
     
    Calbal78, May 29, 2020
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  2. cadaveca Win User

    Moving to SSD. Clone or not to clone?

    I kinda agree with you, but on a wholr, do not. While I have done things a bit differently than this specific situation, by installing Windows directly to the SSD, and cloning after, my testing shows that there are no issues doing this, very little that can go wrong, provided your system is stable.

    There are certain features that must be disabled in this situation, like auto defrag and such, but even with a fresh install to the SSD, you need to take steps to ensure that you SSD performs properly, regardless of how the data got there.

    Arming yourself with a bit of knowledge can go a long way.

    Installing the latest chipset driver, and the RST Tools, will ensure optimal performance of the SSD. but rather than taking my advice, I suggest the OP takes a look here:

    http://blogs.dirteam.com/blogs/sand...7-and-ssds-to-clone-windows-or-reinstall.aspx

    Installing The SSD - Install A Solid State Drive In Your Notebook | Tom's Hardware

    Keep in mind, also, Digibucc, that many retail drives include software and such that very specifically is to be used to ttranser the OS from an existing mechanical drive to an SSD, and if there really was alot fo issues stemming from the cloning process, they would not have packages like that, simply to eliminate tech support costs. While not the optimal option, cloning is NOT a bad thing, as long as you take the nessecary steps.
     
    cadaveca, May 29, 2020
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  3. cadaveca Win User
    Moving to SSD. Clone or not to clone?

    Part of how I keep my SSD fast is to clone it to a platter drive, then clone back. You just want to make sure that you are only cloning teh used space, and not the empty space.


    So, again, I isntall Windows to the ssd. Clone to platter drive, then clone back.

    I am not sure why, but if I do not do the clone step, the drive's speed, and windows booting, decreases substantially within a week or so.

    I am using a Corsair F60 SSD and a Western Digital 500AAKS as drives, and using the free version of Acronis that WD provides, if any of that matters. I am not sure, at this point.
     
    cadaveca, May 29, 2020
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  4. Antrotan Win User

    Cloned windows to new SSD and now it is asking for product code

    Windows 10 deactivated on new cloned SSD

    Well it would appear the issue was solved!

    What I did was re-insert and boot the original SSD went into Settings

    Selected Accounts

    Clicked on Manage my Microsoft account, got a message stating the account needed to be updated

    After that was done, I cloned the new SSD again

    On the cloned SSD entered command prompt, used the slmgr with my product key command (was entered successfully)

    Then used the slmgr /ato command...and voila, Windows was reactivated successfully!

    So thank you all for the possible solutions you suggested. I will keep monitoring the system as time goes by.
     
    Antrotan, May 29, 2020
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