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  1.    4 Weeks Ago #1
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    Posts : 14
    7 Pro 64Bit

    Cloning Windows 10


    I am hoping someone can point me in the right direction w/this question.
    I have 2 hard drives:
    Drive A: Windows 7 Pro 64Bit connected to my mobo & running ok.
    Drive B: Windows 10 Pro 64Bit downloaded during the free upgrade period. Activated when 1st installed, but has been disconnected from the mobo since then.

    I need to format Drive B & put it into my son's computer (his hard drive died); but 1st, how should I go about cloning Drive B since the Free Upgrade period has long expired? I want to make sure I don't have to pay later if/when I decide to start running Windows 10.

    If I don't clone it, I'll need to use my Windows 10 disc image I made back on 7/28/16 using 10's Media Creation Tool I 1st downloaded also on 7/28/16, correct?
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  2.    4 Weeks Ago #2
    Join Date : Oct 2017
    Posts : 469
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    Anyone who has taken Microsoft up on its free Windows 10 upgrade offer before the expiration date has a "digital entitlement" (or "digital license" as it's called beginning with version 1607) tied to that hardware. That upgrade doesn't expire.
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  3.    4 Weeks Ago #3
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    Posts : 14
    7 Pro 64Bit
    Thread Starter

    So I should be able to just install using my Windows 10 disc image I made back on 7/28/16?
    When you say "tied to that hardware", do you meant the mobo or hard drive when 10 was originally installed?
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  4.    4 Weeks Ago #4
    Join Date : Oct 2017
    Posts : 469
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    You should use latest Windows 10 version which you can download with Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.

    If you activated a free upgrade to Windows 10 or bought and activated Windows 10 from the Store, you have a digital license for your device. This means you can reinstall the same edition of Windows 10 that your device has a digital license for without entering a product key. During reinstallation, if you’re asked to enter a product key, you can skip this step. Windows 10 will automatically activate online after the installation is complete.

    If you made a significant hardware change to your device (such as replacing the motherboard), Windows 10 might no longer be activated. The digital license is not associated with hard disk drives.
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  5.    4 Weeks Ago #5
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,409
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by CJW View Post
    So I should be able to just install using my Windows 10 disc image I made back on 7/28/16?
    When you say "tied to that hardware", do you meant the mobo or hard drive when 10 was originally installed?
    Motherboard.
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  6.    3 Weeks Ago #6
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    Posts : 14
    7 Pro 64Bit
    Thread Starter

    As seen in my attached screenshot, 10 is activated. I checked all 3 (System, Update & Security & through the Command Prompt) just to make absolutely sure.

    Going through the Command Prompt, it states "The machine is permanently activated." Does this mean I can reinstall onto a different hard drive (in the same computer) using my Windows 10 disc image I made back on 7/28/16 w/o any problems?
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Activated.jpg  
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  7.    3 Weeks Ago #7
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Illinois
    Posts : 22
    Win 10 Win 8.1

    Yes. You can also do a clean install of the latest version of Windows 10 on that computer.
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  8.    3 Weeks Ago #8
    Join Date : Nov 2013
    Houston
    Posts : 2,119
    3-Win-7Prox64 1-Win10Prox64

    Quote Originally Posted by CJW View Post
    So I should be able to just install using my Windows 10 disc image I made back on 7/28/16?
    When you say "tied to that hardware", do you meant the mobo or hard drive when 10 was originally installed?
    Hi,
    Yep mobo
    10 will most likely say there is new hardware installed and if you upgraded a retail version of win-7 or 8.1 all you'd have to do is reactivate online...
    If it throws an error which I too got an error when I swapped motherboards mostly because it was a acer oem license/ activation key which is tied to acer not the new motherboard which was asus

    So end result or worst case you'd have to enter a new key from either 7 or 8.1 or just buying a win-10 of what ever the old install was and that would activate it.
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  9.    3 Weeks Ago #9
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 5,974
    Windows10

    Quote Originally Posted by CJW View Post
    As seen in my attached screenshot, 10 is activated. I checked all 3 (System, Update & Security & through the Command Prompt) just to make absolutely sure.

    Going through the Command Prompt, it states "The machine is permanently activated." Does this mean I can reinstall onto a different hard drive (in the same computer) using my Windows 10 disc image I made back on 7/28/16 w/o any problems?
    This should work fine but bear in mind that is at least two versions behind, and has either or will shortly stop getting updates INCLUDING security updates.

    A clean install of latest version is probably best course of action.
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  10.    2 Weeks Ago #10
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    Posts : 14
    7 Pro 64Bit
    Thread Starter

    If I use the newest version, will I still be able to turn off much of the privacy gathering settings & automatic updates that Microsoft forces us to accept by using Windows?
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