Question w10 clean install or clone?

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I am replacing the hd in my new to me thinkpad 440s to a SSD. The only w10 product key i have is the one for the 440s. Can I just get the key from the registry and clean install w10? Or, do I need to clone the hd to the ssd? This is my 1st time doing so.
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If windows is relatively new or you think it is quick and responsive, you can clone it. But I would take the chance of the replacement to fresh install it nontheless.

Do you have a Microsoft account? This account can be important to reactivate your windows after reinstallation. It will provide you a digital key while logging in after the fresh install and activate your windows. Be sure your current windows installation is activated and linked in your account.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change
 

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