Issues moving Win 10 Pro to newer laptop?

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  1. Posts : 141
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    NavyLCDR said:
    I think we have tested this before, and if you don't take it out of S mode first, when the SSD is swapped into the computer, it will boot in S Mode! So, yes, I agree, take it out of S mode first!
    Yes, was thinking that would be important myself. First I wanted to get the activation key of the new laptop and to do that I would run ShowKeyPlus.exe and write down the key (if needed later). But, I can't run that program in S mode.

    So, I set it up, go into settings, Troubleshooting and choose advanced start up. That will take me to the Blue screen with choices, which one of them is CMD prompt. Once I get a command prompt I run REGEDIT go to HKEY_Local Machine and then "File" load hive and then navigate to the "C://Windows" system 32 and the system hive of the current laptop. Going on down a bit I find a key called "SkuPolicyRequired" which is set to ( 1 ) and set that key to "0" then get out of the registry, reboot and it should now be out of "S" mode. There are some steps I did not mention, but have written down to get to that key. You cannot edit the X drive registry as that won't work. You have to edit the actual C:\Windows registry to make the change.

    Anyways, Once that is done I can then turn off, and swap out the NVMe hard drive and "Hopefully" it will boot up. This laptop (currently used) is a HP 15-f100dx with an AMD processor. The newer one has an Intel i3 processor, and will need the drivers I have saved and on the cloned SSD. Then a batch file can be run to install ALL of the drivers from the HP 15-dy2132wm system and things like Wi-Fi, etc should all work then.

    That cloned NVMe drive, as it is with the HP 15-f100dx drivers will boot up on this computer, but it's booting a computer that expects all those drivers to be in place. I wonder if it would be advisable to try to boot off USB on my wife's laptop that IS a HP 15-dy2132wm model to see if it would boot.
    *********** UPDATE **************
    Just tried to boot with the NVMe drive using my wife's HP 15-dy2132wm laptop and SURPRISE it actually booted into "my" desktop (hers is totally different background pic) so I can boot it on a new laptop. I believe the first thing would be to run that bat file to install all the drivers that are on that particular HP laptop. That would be first thing to do.
    Last edited by Gibbs; 03 May 2023 at 16:07.
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  2. Posts : 141
    XP / 10 Pro
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    Without starting a new thread, I ask THIS question:
    The HP laptop I bought at Walmart (yet to pick up) seems to come now with Windows 11 in S mode. How do I change that so it is not Windows 11 and back to Windows 10 on a new laptop?
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    Gibbs said:
    Without starting a new thread, I ask THIS question:
    The HP laptop I bought at Walmart (yet to pick up) seems to come now with Windows 11 in S mode. How do I change that so it is not Windows 11 and back to Windows 10 on a new laptop?
    Clean install Windows 10.
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  4. Posts : 141
    XP / 10 Pro
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    New HP 15-dy2132wm laptop is working very well!
    I was able to set up Windows 11 Home in S mode as Local Account Administrator.
    Then I went into settings and choose recovery and advance option and got to the CMD prompt and run regedit and loaded the Local_Machine hive from the C drive/ Windows / System32, etc.
    Changed a registry key from 1 to 0 and unloaded the "named" hive (temporary) I had named as"Offline".
    Then booted into Windows 11 Home with no S mode restrictions without having to go to the Microsoft Store and get out of S mode that way, since I don't have a Microsoft Account
    Then I put in my USB stick that has ShowKeyPlus on it and run that program and get the KEY I might need later on..

    Shut down HP 15-dy2132wm laptop and removed the cover to get at th memory and NVMe SSD
    Took out both 4 GB modules (8 GB) and replaced with 2 new 16 GB modules (32) and took out the NVMe drive that has Windows 11 Home in it, and replaced it with the cloned Windows 11 Pro OS I cloned from my HP 15-f100dx laptop, and reassembled the laptop.
    Booted up and first thing I did was run a batch file that on option 2 that let me load ALL the backed up drivers of a HP 15-dy2132wm I had backed up from my wife's HP 15-dy2132wm laptop.

    Loaded a BUNCH of drivers and after that everything works normal.

    Odd part is In Settings I checked on Activation, and it said Windows 10 Pro version 21H1 was activated with a digital license. So then I did some "Updates" that loaded more updates, from MS and then it finished doing all its updates and checking activation, still activated using digital licesne.
    So that one has me scratching my head. I figured at minimum I would have to change the key to the OEM one that was installed on the new laptop making it Windows 10 Home. Originally my old laptop was running Window 10 Home, but I used the key from my old Windows 8.1 Pro to change it over to Windows 10 Pro.
    So it seems good to go.
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