Moving windows installtion between two computers

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by demiurge3141, May 21, 2016.

  1. demiurge3141

    demiurge3141 MDL Novice

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    I have two computers, both with windows 10 upgraded from windows 7/8. Now I want to pass the older computer to my parents and use the newer computer for myself. With windows 7 I could just take the hard drive and put it in the new machine, it will install new drivers and I can change the activation key to my copy of windows, then I'd be set. How can I do this changing of activation key in windows 10? I don't want to reinstall everything because I have a lot of programs built up on my current installation.
     
  2. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    This is interesting, when both systems have a genuine hwid, what will happen, with the HWID, when swapping disks. I am very interested (and will test it tonight).
     
  3. Bat.1

    Bat.1 MDL Addicted

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    If they both have a Digital Entitlement of the same version, it'll activate w/o any problems. Done it a few times before.
     
  4. Snuffy

    Snuffy MDL Expert

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    more than once, only issue is mobo, if bothhave the same mobo no issue different mobo = issue you need to re activate
     
  5. lobo11

    lobo11 TOMAHAWK CHOP

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    All your really doing to changing hard drives, your not changing Motherboards, I do not think you will have any problems :D
     
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  6. demiurge3141

    demiurge3141 MDL Novice

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    No they have different motherboards and different generation cpus.
     
  7. Snuffy

    Snuffy MDL Expert

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    I do not thing CPU will change Activation but I know change Mobo will,
     
  8. lobo11

    lobo11 TOMAHAWK CHOP

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    #8 lobo11, May 22, 2016
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    The HWID is the same except for the Hard Drive swap, MS said you have to change Mobo to lose activation, do it and see, worst thing that can happen is you have to swap HD's again I lost activation for adding RAM, 16 to 32 GiGs, just do it already, 10 minutes. :D

    demiurge3141, please come back and tell us de beef:confused:
     
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    lobo11 TOMAHAWK CHOP

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    #9 lobo11, May 22, 2016
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    Does not matter, you already have HWID, your just switching HD which you are allowed to without losing activation.:D If after you swap the computer if it won't boot, put installation media in tray, install, do not select clean install but upgrade, that will keep all your programs and make it where it will boot.
     
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    Bat.1 MDL Addicted

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    #10 Bat.1, May 22, 2016
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    I'd replied to the same question several Months ago but unfortunately MDL doesn't have Image hosting, and My History only goes back two Months or so. I posted some full screen (Too Large) pics too and never got back to spoilering them and they disappeared. First pic was "Princess" a mostly HP with a Athlon 630 and 8GB of RAM that runs on a 785G MOBO. Second was "BAT" My FX/ASUS 99X with 16 GB RAM. Last pic was "Princess" being the Dozer/ASUS combo.

    Both had been upgraded from "Legit" Win 7 Ultimate to Win 10 Pro. The Dozer OS had been changed from a MBR Mechanical to a GPT SSD and the HP was running MBR on a Mechanical. All I did was move the HDD from the HP to the custom built and it was activated. If I can't find the pics amongst the thousands of Cat pics, I can possibly do it again if I can find the time. Hoping to get out and go swim My dog a few hours.

    Update: I just had a thought that If someone were changing from a Intel to AMD setup, or vice versa, it might be a good idea to install the drivers before going online the first time.
     
  11. SpeedDream

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    replaced hard drive and it's gone it doesn't activate, this one was oem license and it was single language ediion so I don't really care
    some day before july 29 i'll redo the hwid trick to get pro
     
  12. lobo11

    lobo11 TOMAHAWK CHOP

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    Won't work with OEM license, get the free Win 10 while it's still free or call MS activation center, tell them your 100% disabled, blind, been married 5 times, have 12 kids and bad hemorrhoids, in other words beg:D
     
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