Question Keeping windows boot drive

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I have an intel system currently with windows 10 and im switching to amd. How can can i keep the same drive with windows 10.
 

Krotow

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You can reinstall Windows 10 on same drive after drive installing into new computer. Keeping your old Windows setup however is not possible. You must reinstall Windows from scratch in new system. You can keep your Windows license though if Windows in old system was retail copy. Then you must contact Microsoft support, deactivate Windows for old system and activate again on new system.
 
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Colif

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You will want to reinstall win 10 on new PC just to get right drivers and to avoid conflicts. SO copy anything off it before you make change.

See here for what to do to link licence to email address - https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/reactivating-windows-10-after-a-hardware-change-2c0e962a-f04c-145b-6ead-fb3fc72b6665 - so you can reactivate it on new PC

follow this guide to reinstall windows on new PC: https://forums.tomshardware.com/faq/how-to-do-a-clean-installation-of-windows-10.3170366/
 

Colif

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Then you must contact Microsoft support, deactivate Windows for old system and activate again on new system.
No he doesn't, all he should need to do is, after linking licence to email address, is run the troubleshooter after install, its all shown in the link above.
Don't need to deactivate old system, it will happen after licence is transferred. Provided he doesn't use old system later, there shouldn't be any problems.
 

Krotow

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No he doesn't, all he should need to do is, after linking licence to email address, is run the troubleshooter after install, its all shown in the link above.
Don't need to deactivate old system, it will happen after licence is transferred. Provided he doesn't use old system later, there shouldn't be any problems.
My bad. I'm permanently forget about that now it is possible to take same retail license with Microsoft account.
 

USAFRet

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For the OS activation, read and do this before you change any parts:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change


For the actual operational OS...full wipe and reinstall.
 

USAFRet

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My bad. I'm permanently forget about that now it is possible to take same retail license with Microsoft account.
Transferring a license has been a thing since v1607.

The only real exception is a preinstalled OS from one of the major manufacturers. Dell/HP or similar. That IS stuck to that original hardware.
 

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