Will W10 have a problem if I swap my C: Drive from one PC to another?


  1. Posts : 88
    Windows-7 Pro
       #1

    Will W10 have a problem if I swap my C: Drive from one PC to another?


    I want to move my C: Drive from an

    HP Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
    to an
    HP Intel Core i7-3770

    I want to do this as the E8500's has become overburdened by required business software.
    The required software in question runs the POS Server at my son's retail store.
    Over the years, I have added additional memory and faster hard drives to keep things going.
    This included migrating from W7P to W10P as a requirement of the software in question.
    Since I have an unused i7-3770, I thought I'd just swap the C: Drive and the Server would gain performance.
    I'm concerned about W10 not liking what PC it's registered on.
    Any advice / precautions would be appreciated.
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 43,354
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    Hi, are both PC's using UEFI? Or both legacy BIOS? The first PC sounds very old- so I assume that's BIOS..

    If both are not the same in that respect, you need to do something considerably more complicated than simply move the disk.

    Before you move the disk, ensure you make a full disk image of it. E.g. using Macrium Reflect (free) - to external storage so you can recover if things go wrong.

    Or a clone if you prefer.

    Windows is quite good at reconfiguring its drivers in a new hardware environment.
    Activation on the second PC depends on that PC's digital entitlement, although if it has a license embedded in its BIOS that may be a different matter.
    Last edited by dalchina; 07 Oct 2022 at 12:53.
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 8,202
    windows 10
       #3

    it is possible it wont active
      My Computer


 

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