Complex(?) W10 licensing question - 2PCs, 2 licenses, need to transfer

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  1.    1 Week Ago #1

    Complex(?) W10 licensing question - 2PCs, 2 licenses, need to transfer


    Hello

    I'm aware that the W10 license is in some way tied to your hardware setup but I'd like to know if and how I can achieve the following.

    I've just bought a new PC from eBay which has a fresh W10 on a fast NMVE drive.

    My old PC (which I'll be giving to the kids) has W10 on an SSD partition. It has all the programs I want set up nicely and I don't want to have to do all that again on my new PC.
    The kids don't need a particularly fast boot time so I want to take my old SSD out of my old PC and use it in my new PC but I want take the W10 image from the SSD and put it onto the NMVE drive (for a faster boot) and use the fresh W10 currently on the NMVE and move that to a 1TB HDD that I'll put in the kid's PC.
    Is this possible and, if so, what's the easiest way to achieve it?

    I'm aware that there may be driver issues when trying to boot my SSD image from the NMVE drive but will Windows fix this automatically?

    Just to be clear, here is the existing and proposed setup:

    Now:
    Old PC - Win10 (& all my programs) on SSD
    New PC - Fresh Win10 install on NMVE

    Proposed
    Old PC - Fresh W10 install on new 1TB HDD for the kids
    New PC - Win10 (& all my programs) on NMVE
    - SSD (no Win10) to be used as fastish Data drive

    What would be the easiest way to achieve this, and would W10 activate properly on each PC after all the drive/OS swapping?!

    I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this.

    Regards
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    1 Week Ago #2

    You should be ok with activation as you're not actually seeking to transfer the licenses.
    I'm aware that there may be driver issues when trying to boot my SSD image from the NMVE drive but will Windows fix this automatically?
    Windows should deal with the drivers but you may be left with some tidying up.

    use the fresh W10 currently on the NMVE and move that to a 1TB HDD
    However, you say you wish to move an OS from SSD to HDD. If the OS is installed on the SSD with AHCI protocol enabled, I suspect this will not work. Whilst there is a tutorial on enabling AHCI after the event, there is not one for the converse case.

    Solution: - simply clean install Win 10 on the 1Tb disk, avoiding all problems.
    Clean Install Windows 10 | Tutorials

    Another issue you need to watch of course, is the relative size of each of the respective partitions/disks.

    In all cases, backup as a basic precaution. Disk imaging is so frequently recommended here e.g. Macrium Reflect (free). And you will want to do that for you kids' PC too. They will be so proud of you being able to 'fix' it quickly when they break it.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    1 Week Ago #3

    As @dalchina correctly stated - moving an SSD to a new PC that already has an equivalent (version) licence is not a transfer... the transplanted Win10 will acquire the digital licence based on the underlying motherboard and it's components - SSD's do not contribute to the activation count (i.e. a weighting based on H/W changes before MS decides it's a new PC ) as much.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    1 Week Ago #4

    Thanks for the info guys.

    So, are we saying that, for the old PC all I need to do take out all my drives (including the current boot SSD), add a new HDD and do a fresh install of Windows to the HDD - Windows will activate because I've just added a HDD?

    And, for the new PC, I can image all partitions on my 500GB SSD and restore ALL partitions to the 500GB NMVE, wipe the SSD and Windows will boot from the NMVE with basically a clone of my old system - while attempting to fix any driver issues - AND will automatically activate?

    Sounds too easy?!
    Or am I missing something?
    I currently use Macrium Reflect but haven't taken or restored an image in years! Great program though.

    cheers
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    1 Week Ago #5

    Yup, swopping harddrives is fine as long as each has the eqivalent digital licence of the other. You may need to prod it with some simple commands, but that should not be necessary - I've seen a recent case where even a motherboard change got activated after a a little prod... a retail digital licence is less flaky that an OEM one.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    1 Week Ago #6

    That's great, sounds simple!
    Thanks again for your help.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    1 Week Ago #7

    - let us know how it goes..
    Last edited by dalchina; 1 Week Ago at 15:13.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  8.    1 Week Ago #8

    dalchina said: View Post
    However, you say you wish to move an OS from SSD to HDD. If the OS is installed on the SSD with AHCI protocol enabled, I suspect this will not work. Whilst there is a tutorial on enabling AHCI after the event, there is not one for the converse case.
    As long as the computers are set for AHCI in BIOS/UEFI there is no issue. Any modern communist should be set for AHCI (or RAID) regardless of if it had an HDD or SSD. HDDs run faster in AHCI too.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  9.    1 Week Ago #9

    dalchina said: View Post
    - let us know how it goes..
    Will do - picking up the new PC early next week...
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  10.    1 Week Ago #10

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    As long as the computers are set for AHCI in BIOS/UEFI there is no issue. Any modern communist should be set for AHCI (or RAID) regardless of if it had an HDD or SSD. HDDs run faster in AHCI too.
    @NavyLCDR

    What's a modern communist? .. just wondering
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