upgraded win10 harddisk transfer to another machine

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by funathome, May 26, 2017.

  1. funathome

    funathome MDL Novice

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    I don't understand and I am not sure whether I am the lucky guy.
    A couple of days ago, I take the harddisk out of my old notebook (lenovo) to another desktop (lenovo). After boot up, it can boot up and work normally. After checking to the hardware specifications, it is all the new machine configurations. It has been working normally and can upgrade to the latest patch as well...what is going on? Why this can be happening?

    fyi, I upgrade the win7 home in old notebook to win10. After using it for a while, I take it out to another machine.
     
  2. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Why is that so special, win 10 just installs the correct drivers for the new hardware.
     
  3. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Changed on the same brand: No any problems! It may would have been different if that brand were changed as well!!
     
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  4. craftbrewer

    craftbrewer MDL Senior Member

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    Nothing lucky about it. Just did exactly the same thing with two HP all-in-ones. Its one of the beauties of Windows 10, just loads missing drivers and away. Gone the days of a reload, or re-inserting the original disk.

    BUT!!!!!!!!!!! You will find if the first was retailed activated, the second computer will no longer activated. So I had to activate thru volume activation, dead easy as well. (couldn't be bothered going thru the whole process to get another retail activation.).

    Sort of nice being able just to swap hard drives around, all you personal data just flows across, no need to reset everything.
     
  5. shrinivas

    shrinivas MDL Junior Member

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    I took out the SSD from an older self-assembled desktop system to a new system, change of motherboard, processor, RAM everything. yet, it activated w/o any problem, possibly because it was linked to my Microsoft account !
     
  6. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    As long as the user uses the same MS Account, there will be very little problems!

    I just installed Windows 10 on an HP Pavilion 20, which I never used before, just used one of my MS Accounts, and the activation was done directly without any problem's. And that wasn't an Insider Version of W10, just the latest ISO from MS used.
     
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  7. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Not many want to have an online msa login for windows ;)
     
  8. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Why? Because have something to hide?!

    I just think, the majority still use (known and unknown) an MS Account for the simple reasons to keep their OS updates automatically, for still to use OneDrive and several other reasons!
     
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  9. shrinivas

    shrinivas MDL Junior Member

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    I believe whether you use MS ID to login or a local account, Microsoft would have created enough holes to collect your data and other details once you are connected to the internet !
    Regards
     
  10. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Simply true!

    Just to think that MS is just on the hunt of to collect all data from user's of its software, is simply ridiculous! Have you ever ask: What Apple is doing with all of the data they collect from the users of its system and software? I really believe that Apple is much, much more on the hunt after the (private) data of its Users as MS ever did!

    Never mind, it's up to every single user, what he/she like or dislike! And that's good so!
     
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  11. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Most who do have an online windows account is because they didn't notice you don't have to create one during OOBE, i have seen so many systems that had one and when i asked why, the answer is "i just followed the screens".

    Even among members of tech sites like MDL.

    I am not a paranoid conspiracy nut like some here but i don't need an online windows account, at most i use my msa to login the insider app.

    My main reason is i don't want to have my settings to be in the cloud and i have no need to enter a pw every time i startup my pc (and less need for modifying anything to not have to use a pw on an online windows account)..
     
  12. RobertJ

    RobertJ MDL Senior Member

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    I hope this was your attempt at a joke, because otherwise it's ridiculous to claim that anyone who prefers a local account has something to hide.

    MS has ensured that no-one needs an MSA to have Win10 update automatically.

    Personally I agree with Enthousiast in that I'm no tin-foil hatter either but my local admin/std. user accounts work perfectly fine just as they did before Win10, and I see no real use for an MSA. I also consider it sleazy of MS to hide the local account option during Setup, to the extent that many people even believe that an MSA is required for Win8 onwards.
     
  13. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Yes, it was! In reality, most (if not all) of us have to hide something before others, which didn't mean anything illegal! That's what we call it private confidential's!

    Now THAT is something for what the owner of the software (in this case Microsoft) has all rights to decide what 'way' they like to implement the use of some 'special' features (here: user accounts) to the users. The user didn't own the software, he just got/bought the right to use it on the terms the real owner decide, rights which are limited in many means!

    I didn't like that either, just want to have the freedom to decide how I use something, special if I've to pay for it! Just to mention, one of the main reason that I would never buy any Apple products, is simply the dictatorial way Apple is 'using' against their users (there many other reasons as well for not to use any Apple products)!

    Any Programmer, individual and/or company, who earn profit from his/her work, could only survive, by using strong directives for the user of his/her Applications. Therefore, there will all times a lot of those rules and directives, which are disliked by (even the majority) of the users!

    Here at MDL, special for the free Insider Preview Versions of Windows 10 (and others free stuff too) what choices the user really has? In fact, very fewer choices, the user just has to take what's given to him/her!
     
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  14. RobertJ

    RobertJ MDL Senior Member

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    I get what you're trying to say, but come on, let's get real. Do you think just because they can do whatever they want to Windows that they necessarily should? Why do you think MS is trying to (or at least pretending to) ask for user feedback so much of late? If paying users have absolutely no say in the direction Windows should evolve in or the features that should be implemented, how long do you think the OS will survive before MS ends up pi**ing them all off and driving them to competing OSes?

    So I repeat, while MS might technically have the right to hide the local account option (or make it completely non-obvious), it was a sleazy move. Same was the case with the GWX app, which was sleazy to the Nth power even if technically not illegal since they own the OS.
     
  15. Hackeur

    Hackeur MDL Senior Member

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    that is one of the good things with Windows 10 - I have a master SSD that I plug into any system and it boots no problems, the first time it takes longer so all the generic MS drivers are loaded then I just install missing drivers manually.
    Also if the PC was activated before it activates once connected to the internet.
     
  16. craftbrewer

    craftbrewer MDL Senior Member

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    That's a good idea, having a master drive for whatever. Load and go.