Putting hard drive in another machine

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by LM3, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. LM3

    LM3 MDL Junior Member

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    #1 LM3, Jul 28, 2015
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    Has anyone tried putt the hard drive from an activated Windows 10 machine in a new machine? Worked fairly well with Win 7.;)
     
  2. rEApEAt

    rEApEAt MDL Senior Member

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    The last time I did something like this I was at Windows XP.

    But with Windows 10? It won't get activated. No way.
     
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  3. Bezalel

    Bezalel MDL Member

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    I did it to get x64 on a PC without enough memory. I had previously upgraded with x86 so it was able to activate.

    I have something I'd like to test but am running out of hardware. Install 7 (or 8.1), start the upgrade, after the first reboot move the HD to a new PC and let setup continue. I'm interested in knowing if it can detect that the previous activation was on different hardware.
     
  4. myhken

    myhken Experienced MDL Tester

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    Not done it with a psychical disk, but I moved one virtual machine with activated Win10 on to another server with different hardware, imported it to hyper-v, using the make new ID options, and the VM was still activated on the new server. I did see the Product ID was like the original VM. Both could be on the internet at the same time, on two different servers.
    But thats VMs, still I think it can apply to real computers. Of course, you can make your system unstable with different drivers (hardware etc), but it could work.
     
  5. LM3

    LM3 MDL Junior Member

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    Has anyone actually done this?
     
  6. beamslider

    beamslider MDL Senior Member

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    If you move the hard drive to different computer you will lose activation....The machine hash won't come close to matching,.
     
  7. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    It would be may get's activated using the Phone Activation! If it's not an OEM License which are used!! Just depend on the explanation given to the Techie at Activation Center!!
     
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