Windows 10: Moving W10 to a new computer

Discus and support Moving W10 to a new computer in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Hi all, I'm about to purchase a new PC desktop computer for photo editing, general MS Office and web surfing. I already have an SSD boot drive with... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by SteveGPhoto, Feb 13, 2018.

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    Hi all, I'm about to purchase a new PC desktop computer for photo editing, general MS Office and web surfing.

    I already have an SSD boot drive with W10 Pro x64 installed and activated and a bootable USB stick. The hardware of the new PC will be completely different to the old one so what is the best way to do the switch over?

    Can I plug the existing SSD into the new computer and use the USB stick to provide the new files and drivers that the new hardware will need?

    Thanks for any advice *Smile

    :)
     
    SteveGPhoto, Feb 13, 2018
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    So when i use my 7 disk i will be prompted that i can upgrade to 10 like before? Or do i have to download 10 from their website and use my Windows key on that version?
     
    Luke Tegtmeyer, Feb 13, 2018
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  3. Andre Da Costa, Feb 13, 2018
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  4. Samuria Win User

    Moving W10 to a new computer

    10 is good at finding new drivers so it may work if hardwareis simliar but then you may have problems with activation as stricly speaking you should by a new copy
     
    Samuria, Feb 13, 2018
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    AddRAM, Feb 13, 2018
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  6. Ah, I had a horrible feeling that would be the case. The new hardware is completely different so maybe this isn't such a good idea *Sad
     
    SteveGPhoto, Feb 13, 2018
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  7. Okay, that's not too bad. Can I still use the product key from my current windows to activate the new install?
     
    SteveGPhoto, Feb 13, 2018
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  8. cereberus Win User

    Moving W10 to a new computer

    You can use sysprep to remove hardware drivers. But as you are thinking about doing a clean install, what have you got to lose by putting ssd in new pc and just trying it. Windows 10 is far superior to older versions at sorting out drivers.
     
    cereberus, Feb 13, 2018
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  9. CountMike New Member
    My windows are already on third system and every time it booted although on second or third time. It helps if internet connection is available at the time of switching. That usually means a wired connection. It also helps if you sign in with same MS account for easy license transfer but even than it can take some time for it to transfer license. So, patience in any case.
     
    CountMike, Feb 13, 2018
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    AddRAM, Feb 13, 2018
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  11. Thanks for the help, folks. Looks like I'll try the old SSD first and if that doesn't work a clean install on the new one *Smile
     
    SteveGPhoto, Feb 13, 2018
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  12. Winuser Win User
    I did it once and it worked. I had a retail Windows 10 Pro on a HP desktop that died. I took the SSD out and installed it in my new HP desktop as a dual boot. It not only worked, It was activated with my digital license.
     
    Winuser, Apr 4, 2018
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