1.    29 Jul 2015 #1
    Join Date : Sep 2014
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Clean Install to New Crucial SSD Activation

    I just got off the phone with MS Support. My current HD is so full I decided to install a new Crucial 500GB SSD to hold the OS and all Apps. I have downloaded Win 10 ISO and burned it to a Disc with the intent of installing to the new SSD which will be the primary while using the old 1TB HD for Data Storage. The issue was the requirement for a product key where do I get it. I was told that to install in this manner would require me to purchase a copy! To say the least I was not happy. I then asked, that if I off loaded some files and upgraded to the old HD then installed the SSD and did a clean install to it would it require a product key to activate. Told yes I would need to purchase Win 10. I also asked if I lose my HD in the future does that mean I have to by a copy, answer was basically, yes.

    The question is, Based upon what I have been reading here on the forum, the answer given to my last question by the MS support individual was not correct and it should work. Has anyone done it and can anyone verify that sequence will work?
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  2.    29 Jul 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    United States
    Posts : 165
    Windows 10 Home x64

    I'm not quite sure what you're saying... a drive replacement shouldn't affect activation like a motherboard, etc. replacement would.

    However, if you first upgraded from a qualifying Windows 7 SP1 or 8.1 installation, you should be able to then do a clean install of Windows 10 without a problem.
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