[SOLVED] Retaining Windows 10 OS while migrating from Intel to Ryzen

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Hi!

I'm going to migrate from Intel hardware to AMD. Im planning on keeping my current windows setup (so not replacing current HDD to a new one) as I don't want to reinstall games, software etc. Can anyone guide me from experience if I can avoid a fresh installation of windows. I have a windows 10 Home edition and in the activation screen it says "Windows is activated with a digital license liked to your microsoft account"

I'd really appreciate your help.

P.S
Not sure if this will help but my current system is a core i7 4700k with an Asus H97-Pro Gamer Motherboard.
 

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Hi!

I'm going to migrate from Intel hardware to AMD. Im planning on keeping my current windows setup (so not replacing current HDD to a new one) as I don't want to reinstall games, software etc. Can anyone guide me from experience if I can avoid a fresh installation of windows. I have a windows 10 Home edition and in the activation screen it says "Windows is activated with a digital license liked to your microsoft account"

I'd really appreciate your help.

P.S
Not sure if this will help but my current system is a core i7 4700k with an Asus H97-Pro Gamer Motherboard.
The license will work.

The actual install, however...
A clean install is strongly recommended, often required.
Basically, 3 possibilities:
  1. It boots up just fine
  2. It fails completely
  3. It boots up, but you're chasing issues for weeks/months.
I've seen all 3. And going from an old Intel to a new Ryzen...I'd expect #2.
Sysprep is a possibility, but on a single system, that is no less work than just a clean install.
 
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USAFRet

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Hi!

I'm going to migrate from Intel hardware to AMD. Im planning on keeping my current windows setup (so not replacing current HDD to a new one) as I don't want to reinstall games, software etc. Can anyone guide me from experience if I can avoid a fresh installation of windows. I have a windows 10 Home edition and in the activation screen it says "Windows is activated with a digital license liked to your microsoft account"

I'd really appreciate your help.

P.S
Not sure if this will help but my current system is a core i7 4700k with an Asus H97-Pro Gamer Motherboard.
The license will work.

The actual install, however...
A clean install is strongly recommended, often required.
Basically, 3 possibilities:
  1. It boots up just fine
  2. It fails completely
  3. It boots up, but you're chasing issues for weeks/months.
I've seen all 3. And going from an old Intel to a new Ryzen...I'd expect #2.
Sysprep is a possibility, but on a single system, that is no less work than just a clean install.
 
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I suspect that if you don't do a clean install, you'll end up regretting it. And whatever you do, be sure to back up EVERYTHING before making changes. That ounce of prevention could save you from a lot of painful pounds of cure.
 
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I suspect that if you don't do a clean install, you'll end up regretting it. And whatever you do, be sure to back up EVERYTHING before making changes. That ounce of prevention could save you from a lot of painful pounds of cure.
Thanks for the help mate!
 
Dec 18, 2019
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The license will work.

The actual install, however...
A clean install is strongly recommended, often required.
Basically, 3 possibilities:
  1. It boots up just fine
  2. It fails completely
  3. It boots up, but you're chasing issues for weeks/months.
I've seen all 3. And going from an old Intel to a new Ryzen...I'd expect #2.
Sysprep is a possibility, but on a single system, that is no less work than just a clean install.

Thank you for your help! I think ill just go with a fresh install.
 

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