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  1. New Computer Broke - Can I move SSD to an EXACT SAME MACHINE Exact same model and config...


    Hi,Example...water fried my 2 months old machine. I went back to the store and bought the EXACT SAME COMPUTER model sku# config...everything again :-I don't have an old fashioned HDD. I assume that I can just remove my original 1TB SSD, plug it into the new machine and it should load up perfectly with no adjustment needed ? Software came with it was Win 10 OEM...but upgraded to WIN 11 on the MS site... I think that makes it registered to me and my account ?I guess the only thing different would be the MAC, serial number, etc... ?Please let me know. I would be grateful not to have to spe

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    Tom J. Monks, Aug 14, 2022
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  2. Kreker Win User

    Change motherboard with exact same model

    The audio of my Asrock z87 pro4 died unexpectedly. Fortunately it's still in warranty so they send me the exact same model of mine.

    Do you think I will have any problems with Windows 10?

    Do I will need to reinstall?
     
    Kreker, Aug 14, 2022
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  3. rpg711 Win User
    Migrating windows from one PC to another (same exact hardware)

    I have a case of OS migration that I have not dealt with before.

    So the story is: airline checked baggage broke my built computer (fragile stickers, what a joke). I am ordering the same exact hardware. The SSD is definitely not broken in the previous computer.

    My question is is it possible to just plug in my SSD without reinstalling windows and all my applications (after building the new computer, new hardware of the same model and series etc)? I think it would work fine. The parts are arriving in 2 days so I won't be able to try until they arrive.
     
    rpg711, Aug 14, 2022
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  4. New Computer Broke - Can I move SSD to an EXACT SAME MACHINE Exact same model and config...

    Change motherboard with exact same model

    Short answer: You do not have to reinstall. In fact, you will be able to continue normally.

    Long answer: Traditionally, changing motherboard has always been one of the things that voided Windows activation. However, you need not worry, for the following reasons:

    • Windows might not considers the replacement of the motherboard with an exact same model a motherboard change. It entirely depends on the manufacturer and intricate manufacturing details that we don't know. (For example, what if the manufacturer sends a motherboard with updated BIOS or a different serial number?) Also, Windows 10 is a much more tolerant and lenient Windows.
    • You can prevent the activation getting voided by associating your Windows 10 license with your Microsoft account. Either sign in to Windows using a Microsoft account, or use the Settings app to link the license. For detailed information, see:
      1. "How to associate your Windows 10 license with a Microsoft account". On MSFT. 15 October 2016. (Explains how to sign in using a Microsoft account, which automatically links Windows license with the account.)
      2. "Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change". Support. Microsoft. 1 September 2016. (Explains how to (1) link a Windows license to a Microsoft account without signing in with one, and (2) how to recover that license.)
    • On previous versions of Windows, such as Windows 7, people could contact Microsoft support, explain their case, and get their Windows reactivated while continuing to work unhindered during the 30-day grace period. Replacing a damaged motherboard with the exact same model has always been good enough for Microsoft to warrant reactivation.

    In any case, you can most likely continue working unhindered.

    Before changing your motherboard, make sure you do a full shutdown. To do so, hold down the Shift key before clicking on the shutdown button.
     
    user477799, Aug 14, 2022
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