Can I copy a laptop OS to a desktop?

CreepyBobo346

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I have a laptop that has Windows 8.1 already on it (I updated from Windows 8), but I want to buy a desktop and want to save some money by not buying a CD to install the OS from.

Can I copy an OS from this laptop onto the desktop?
And if so, how big of a USB would I need? (If it is too big I would just go ahead and buy the OS)

Also, here are some other questions in mind:
1. Would all the data from that laptop be wiped?
2. Would everything be compatible? (Since it is 2 different systems)
3. If I were to backup my files onto another hard drive how long would it take.
4. Can Windows 8.1 be upgraded to Windows 10 (When it comes out) free of charge?
 

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