Question when installing Windows 10 on new SSD

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  1. Posts : 5
    win 10
       #1

    Question when installing Windows 10 on new SSD


    Thanks for all input.
    I bought an inexpensive laptop last year. When installing a new blank SSD drive into it....This is what I want to do:


    1. Find the Win 10 key w magic jelly bean
    2. copy key onto piece of paper
    3. Remove original hard drive
    4. Install new SSD
    5. Install fresh new copy of Windows 10 via bootable flash drive made via instructions from this Microsoft site >>>> Download Windows 10
    6. In fact I have already made this Win 10 bootable flash drive
    7. -
    8. So I install Windows Ten on SSD this way
    9. QUESTION- will the laptop's original Windows Ten key work to validate the new Windows Ten installed on the new SSD?


    Thanks!
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  2. Posts : 17,348
    Windows 11 Pro
       #2

    Short answer is yes. You won't even need any product key at all to activate the same version of Windows 10 it had on that computer before.
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  3. Posts : 809
    Win10
       #3

    Assuming your laptop came with Win10 installed already then most likely the key is already part of the firmware and Windows will automatically activate without you needing to input anything.

    But you should run ShowKeyPlus - Windows 10 Forums just to make sure you actually do have an OEM license for the correct version.
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  4. Posts : 5
    win 10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Thanks guys. Yes the laptop was bought Nov 2017 and came with Windows Ten installed. By the Windows Ten key being in the firmware you must mean in the BIOS? I was not aware this was done. I will use show key plus to see what Win Ten key I have and copy that onto paper just in case.... Never heard of that program before.

    But as you say Windows Ten should just activate itself due to being embedded in the HP laptops firmware.
    I rather start fresh and clean than bother cloning the original installed drive onto the new SSD
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  5. Posts : 1,098
    Win 10 pro Upgraded from 8.1
       #5

    One thing you might want to do before clean installing. Gather up all your hardware drivers and have them ready to go. Most notebooks use proprietary drivers. you should have the latest download and ready to install in case of issues with windows native drivers.
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  6. Posts : 809
    Win10
       #6

    Yes, the key is in the BIOS - specifically the MSDM and SLIC ACPI tables.

    (Technically "BIOS" no longer exists on modern systems - it's now UEFI, or just firmware to be generic)
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  7. Posts : 35,430
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #7

    Clintlgm said:
    One thing you might want to do before clean installing. Gather up all your hardware drivers and have them ready to go. Most notebooks use proprietary drivers. you should have the latest download and ready to install in case of issues with windows native drivers.
    Windows should look after your drivers. Two more common caveats: a very few people find that when upgrading to a new major build they may have to use an OLDER graphics driver; to get full touchpad functionality (one finger scroll, chiral (circular) scrolling e.g.) you may need an older touchpad driver - these functions seem to be lost for some with later drivers.

    Bottom line- only intervene if there's a problem. A 'fix it until it breaks' approach is not recommended.

    And remember to use disk imaging routinely - so many advantages when things go wrong- you may not even have to post here! E.g. Macrium Reflect (free).
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  8. Posts : 4,594
    Windows 10 Pro
       #8

    As already mentioned, I would at least get your network (ethernet) drivers before you do a clean install on any PC, especially a laptop, I would never trust the installer to have it.

    If it does that`s great, but I`d rather be safe than sorry.
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  9. Posts : 35,430
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #9

    I clean installed Win 10 on this laptop bought new with no OS- no driver problems.
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  10. Posts : 47,176
    Windows 10 Home 64bit 21H1 and insider builds
       #10

    gafx said:
    Thanks guys. Yes the laptop was bought Nov 2017 and came with Windows Ten installed. By the Windows Ten key being in the firmware you must mean in the BIOS? I was not aware this was done. I will use show key plus to see what Win Ten key I have and copy that onto paper just in case.... Never heard of that program before.

    But as you say Windows Ten should just activate itself due to being embedded in the HP laptops firmware.
    I rather start fresh and clean than bother cloning the original installed drive onto the new SSD
    Check your activation status. It should say you have a digital licence linked to your Microsoft Account. If that is the case, unless you change the Mobo and its digital signature has changed it should activate automatically when you clean install.
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