Windows 10: Transfer installation to new hardware

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  1. Posts : 23
    Win 10 Pro 64 bit
       09 Jun 2016 #11

    I just ordered a new CPU, MoBo and Ram, and want to keep my W10 installation exactly as it is. Including every little customization to the looks and what program starts what I now use. Including drive paths (that can be hard to do before I change them to the correct order, as they now are in the order of drives C:5 D:3 E:4 F:1 G:2, as the SATA instructions/documentation of the old MoBo weren't really correct.)

    I did mark the SATA cables with drive-letter and number, so I can get it right from the beginning this time, do I have to set them in the same insane order as they are in now on the coming MoBo, or will it go by SATA-slot number from the start? Biggest problem it that all but the Intel SSD C: are WDC drives, two 500Gb one 2TB one 3TB.. and they are almost named/numbered the same when looking at them in bios.

    I have a totally legit WIN 10 PRO code. Do I need to deactivate it from this setup first?

    What is need to 'clean up' from old drivers before installing? Everything from the old MoBo? ..and then it would work?
    Even less then that? More then that?
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  2.    09 Jun 2016 #12

    This is what I would do:

    Start with only the C: drive connected to the first sata port on new motherboard. Boot up into Windows. Windows 10 handles new hardware very well and you shouldn't have to do anything other than move the hard drive over. You will probably have to re-activate the Windows 10, more than likely by phone activation, but you might be able to do it with change product key on the activation screen.

    Once that is all settled, connect the desired D: drive to the the next SATA port. Then e: drive, etc. You can adjust drive letters if you have to either in Windows disk management or with MiniTool Partition Wizard. After all the hard drives are set up with the correct letters, then connect any optical (DVD) drives.
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  3. Posts : 23
    Win 10 Pro 64 bit
       09 Jun 2016 #13

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    This is what I would do:
    Start with only the C: drive..
    Yeah when I last updated Op-system, I added a 250 GB SSD, to install Win 10 on.
    I had a really stupid Bios, where you had to go to a special bios-page to 'force' it to install on C: ,even thou it were already setup in that order on it's main page.
    So I really learned my lesson when it comes to only having the correct drive connected at Install.

    But to the 'what needs to be removed'? ..to keep install fully up and working. This time (finally) going from AMD to Intel.

    And do I have to deactivate WIN 10 pro on this one, before activating it on the new one
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  4.    09 Jun 2016 #14

    Grislord said: View Post
    But to the 'what needs to be removed'? ..to keep install fully up and working. This time (finally) going from AMD to Intel.
    Nothing needs to be removed. When you shutdown Windows on the old computer, make sure to hold down the shift key and click on shutdown from the power menu. That will perform a complete shutdown, even if fast startup is enabled under Windows 10 settings. When Windows 10 starts up it will detect the new hardware and install drivers it can find for the new hardware. You will have to provide drivers for the hardware it can't find drivers for - just like any clean install of Windows 10. It will not load drivers that it does not find the hardware for. I've moved a WindowsToGo installation between Intel and AMD multiple times and it just works. On the new computer go into Device Manager and look for "unknown devices" or yellow triangle exclamation points and fix those - just like you would any clean install.

    Grislord said: View Post
    And do I have to deactivate WIN 10 pro on this one, before activating it on the new one
    If you want to you can remove the product key and deactivate Windows by running from a Command Prompt (Admin):
    slmgr /upk

    However, that only removes the product key and activation from Windows locally on that computer. It does not remove the activation or digital entitlement stored on Microsoft activation servers. There is no way for a user to do that. If Windows does not activate on the new computer online, you may have to "override" the activation previously stored on Microsoft activation servers by doing a phone activation and telling the computer voice that you have that copy of Windows 10 installed on only 1 computer.
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  5. Posts : 23
    Win 10 Pro 64 bit
       09 Jun 2016 #15

    Thanks!
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  6. Posts : 23
    Win 10 Pro 64 bit
       10 Jun 2016 #16

    Worked like a charm! Only thing it couldn't 'auto'-add were network-drivers, and as I have no dvd, I downloaded them before tearing it apart.
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  7. Posts : 12,425
    W10Prox64
       10 Jun 2016 #17

    AddRAM said: View Post
    I know why it`s made, I don`t understand why it would have to be made, I never have/had to with a retail key.

    An OEM or System Builders key sure, but not a Retail key.

    As long as the Retail key doesn`t show up again on any other hardware, there should be no reason for a phone call, it`s all done through the servers.
    You need to run slmgr /upk to un-register the retail key before trying to activate it on a new system; that avoids the call. I've had to do that with a retail key. It was even the same system, with an identical replacement MB.
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  8. Posts : 23
    Win 10 Pro 64 bit
       10 Jun 2016 #18

    simrick said: View Post
    You need to run slmgr /upk to un-register the retail key before trying to activate it on a new system; that avoids the call. I've had to do that with a retail key. It was even the same system, with an identical replacement MB.
    Mine activated again as soon as I got internet up and running, without releasing it. The biggest question now is, when I sell My old MoBo CPU and RAM, will the new owner be able to get access to my WIN 10 pro, and I have to make the call?
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  9.    10 Jun 2016 #19

    simrick said: View Post
    You need to run slmgr /upk to un-register the retail key before trying to activate it on a new system; that avoids the call. I've had to do that with a retail key. It was even the same system, with an identical replacement MB.
    Slmgr /upk does nothing to change the status of the product key or activation stored at Microsoft so it does nothing to change the odds of having to call in for the next activation.
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  10. Posts : 12,425
    W10Prox64
       11 Jun 2016 #20

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Slmgr /upk does nothing to change the status of the product key or activation stored at Microsoft so it does nothing to change the odds of having to call in for the next activation.
    I disagree.
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