New Hard Drive. Will it still activate okay

  1. Posts : 70
    Windows 10 Pro

    New Hard Drive. Will it still activate okay

    I have a removable SSD as my windows drive to boot from. It has issues and I can't change any IP stuff on any of the network adaptors because I can't remove the VMWare Bridge Protocol.
    I have ordered a new SSD same brand and size. I plan to pull the old drive out (was upgraded from Win8.1 to Win 10) and pop the new drive in and start fresh. The other drive is there in case it does not work and I can just pop it back in.

    Plan to do a fresh install of Win 10. Now the question is will it activate okay and keep the other disk activated as well or will it fail to activate? I want to keep the old drive fully operational till I have everything transferred which may take a while.

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  2. Posts : 5,184
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 21H2

    Hi veldthui,

    Yes it will activate as the MS servers will recognise your system and know you have previously activated W10 on it. Make sure you skip the activation step during installation of W10 and leave it to do it itself once you have finished.
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  3. Posts : 35,511
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Hi, it should do.. I've switched HDD's, no problem. If all else fails, talk to Uncle Microsoft, making sure you have a valid key to quote.
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