Preparing Automatic Repair Error On Old Acer Aspire

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  1. Posts : 35,433
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #11

    No, no spare key, but would I not be able to use the key that I have on my Dell
    Win 10 digital activation is tied to a hash of a version of the hardware id of a PC (excludes RAM and disk changes).
    Plus that would void license terms.
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  2. Posts : 46
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       #12

    dalchina said:
    Win 10 digital activation is tied to a hash of a version of the hardware id of a PC (excludes RAM and disk changes).
    Plus that would void license terms.
    So what do you mean by this in laymen's terms, practically a novice here not messed with PC in years lol, does that mean that your windows key is not transferable to another PC or HDD, I thought it was transferable.

    I think I'm going to bin the idea of using my Acer and just stick with the Dell with one drive, I saw a tutorial on you tube using easeus, by just cloning windows, and using a usb to sata cable do you think this could be the easiest way to go?

    When you use the other methods, Like you mentioned, and you create a bootable windows disk from a flash drive, is that kind of the same idea are you cloning windows or are you creating windows a different way thanks.
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  3. Posts : 35,433
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       #13

    does that mean that your windows key is not transferable to another PC or HDD, I thought it was transferable.
    You were planning to use the same key on two PCs I think. That's what's not allowed.

    You can transfer a Win 10 key provided it's a retail key or has those rights. Win 10 OEM keys and keys based on OEM licenses are not transferable. Details:
    How to Transfer your Windows 10 License to a New Computer

    my Dell that was upgraded to Windows 10 ages ago using the free upgrade.
    It's already running Win 10 and you say you want to stick with it, so I don't understand why you want to clone anything.

    you create a bootable windows disk from a flash drive, is that kind of the same idea are you cloning windows or are you creating windows a different way thanks.
    There are 2 things you can do with a bootable Win 10 disk if you boot your PC from it:
    a. Certain repair actions and boot to a command prompt by clicking 'Repair your computer' after the language section prompt.
    b. Clean install Win 10 onto your system disk- you have to delete all existing partitions comprising the existing Windows.
    Tutorial available.

    There is 1 thing useful to know you can do with that disk if you boot nomally and log in normally, and that is to run setup.exe from the disk to effect an in-place upgrade repair install which keeps everything and can repair a number of Windows problems.
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  4. Posts : 46
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       #14

    Hi I was only ever going to use one PC period, that was it, if I got the Acer running I was using that, and obviously the Dell was running.

    The whole reason for transferring windows in the first place to either pc, is because the HDD was far to slow on my Dell, and probably on its way out anyway, thats why I was just going to use it for storing data, And the Acer had no working drives anymore.

    So whatever PC I ended up using was going to be upgraded with a SSD and the other PC would be obsolete, so I hope that clears things up you probably lost my main reason for all this in the first place with all the questions I've bombarded you with lol.

    So clean page I'm using my Dell I've decided, and I just need to know the most simplest, and hassle free way of transferring windows 10 to the new SSD I will be buying shortly, that's why I asked if cloning windows using a usb to sata cable was best.

    Like the last member mentioned, because I have an old PC, I don't know if I will be able to boot from the flash drive, because that options not in the BIOS, so will I need to make up a cd, or dvd, meaning burning images to either cd, or dvd, so I can boot from the optical drive.

    Just tell me what you think, would be the easiest and best option for me to load windows 10, on to the new SSD, for someone who is out of practice with this stuff, and I will go with that option sorry for all the questions but I appreciate all your help,Thanks.
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  5. Posts : 35,433
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #15

    Hi, ok, now I see what you're aiming for - simply HDD -> SSD.

    Personally what I'd do would be to use Macrium Reflect (free) + external storage for your image files.
    I'd use that to transfer the partitions to the SSD, then remove the HDD, then run Macrium's boot disk and use its Fixboot utility. However this isn't something I've done personally.... so take that as opinion.

    Truly cloning the drive adds a little complexity.

    You can 'clone' to a smaller drive assuming there's anough free space on partitions.
    How to clone your PC hard drive using Macrium Reflect | Windows Central

    How to clone a disk with Macrium Reflect 7.x

    Migrating from HDD to SSD using free Macrium Reflect

    There are other threads you can find on tenforums on migrating from a HDD to a SSD

    This is a simple guide to cloning:
    How to clone a Windows 10 hard drive to a new SSD using Macrium Reflect • Pureinfotech
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  6. Posts : 46
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    Thread Starter
       #16

    Hi thanks for the options yeah we kind of went round the houses lol, so when you say external storage I'm guessing you mean an external HDD yes?

    Lastly the idea I said about using EASEUS, and a usb to sata cable, do you not fancy that idea, do you think I could run into problems that way? the drive I'm getting is a 240GB SSD from my memory pretty reasonable price, and I will be transferring windows from my Dell 500GB HDD, and they have usb to sata cables on eBay, Thanks.
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  7. Posts : 35,433
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #17

    You can use Easeus if you prefer of course. I expect there'll be youtube videos for that.

    I can't comment further on cloning- as I said I've never done that myself.

    I suggest given your new focussed question you start a new thread with topic e.g.

    Clone HDD to smaller SSD using Easeus
    to get the best response.
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  8. Posts : 46
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #18

    Good idea thanks for all your help.
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  9. Posts : 7,117
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #19

    My 8 year old Gigabyte board started doing this. I discovered a full power off by turning the PC off the mains switch and rebooting fixed the problem. Gigabyte support advised turning off the fast boot / startup option in the BIOS and all has been fine since.
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