Does Win10 still reactivate if I do a clean install on a different HDD?

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by Berny, Jul 30, 2015.

  1. Berny

    Berny MDL Member

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    If:
    1) Win10 is installed and activated
    2) I replace the hard drive with a new one
    3) I do a clean install on the new hard drive

    Will the new Win10 install still recognize the machine and re-activate? Or do I have to go through all the upgrade process again?

    Thanks in advance for the help! :D
     
  2. l33tissw00t

    l33tissw00t MDL Addicted

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    Supposed to activate automatically. HDD change is not enough of hardware change to tell MS new system.
     
  3. sauronxxx

    sauronxxx MDL Member

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    a few reported problems here after just switching the HDD.

    normaly i would say it should activate fine.. but these reports say different.
    maybe they are just unlucky.
     
  4. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Only heard success or about hickups of the MS Server (due to automatic act scripts in infinite loop).
     
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  5. sauronxxx

    sauronxxx MDL Member

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    possible.

    but there was someone who postes his nice chat with a MS support person.

    if i remember right the support person said he has to go through the update process again after he changed the HDD.
    but maybe i mix that up it was very late yesterday when i read it.
     
  6. Puremin0rez

    Puremin0rez MDL Member

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    Microsoft Support is currently clueless on the whole Windows 10 activation system. I'd give it a few weeks before they're informed ;)
     
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  7. beamslider

    beamslider MDL Senior Member

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    I have changed a hard drive and reinstalled.....It activated...No problem
     
  8. theboss72

    theboss72 MDL Novice

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    ye it dose as it stores your key to the motherboard now as it is what Microsoft have set it to do
     
  9. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    @ sauronxxx

    So far that ""Support"" only proved to have even less clue than their customers.

    Gabe stated that HDD/SSD have least impact in HWID and can be changed easily.
     
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  10. Berny

    Berny MDL Member

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    Thanks for the answers, I removed the HDD and did a clean install on the new one and Win10 activated without any issue.