Question Can you move a SSD with windows installed on it to a new computer?

Apr 23, 2019
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Hello i have a question regarding whether or not you can move an SSD from an old computer onto a new one and then get windows that way?
 
Can you move? - sure.
Will it work? - kinda yes ... kinda no.

There are several issues with this approach.
  1. Boot modes and sata controller settings (if it's sata drive) have to match or transplanded SSD will not boot.
  2. There will be driver compatibility issues, if hardware specs are not similar enough. This results in performance problems.
  3. Windows activation will be broken.
Summary:
It's better to do clean reinstall. Less problems that way.
 

USAFRet

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Need a lot more info before anyone could say Yes or No.
Old parts and new parts. What OS? Where did the OS come from?

But generally, there are 3 basic outcomes:
  1. It works
  2. It fails completely
  3. It works, sort of, and you're chasing issues for weeks.
 

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