Windows 10: Will activation work?
Will activation work?
So in my current build I am thinking of switching to a SSD.
My current Windows is a Windows edition upgraded from Windows 8.1.
If I buy a new SSD and install Windows in it with my key which I have used to clean install multiple times, will I lose my copy of Windows 10 because it was meant specifically for my hardware configuration with my Hard Disk?
I heard Windows 10 upgrade from 8.1 doesn't give you a retail key.
Swapping disks is perfectly ok. Activation should be automatic as MS's record is keyed to your MBO.
You don't have to clean install, you can use disk imaging to move everything from one disk to another.
However, with SSD you will want to use AHCI for better performance, so if you are currently set to use IDE, a clean install is easier. but it means you have to reinstall everything.... and of course you would need a current Win 10 bootable medium.
AHCI vs IDE - Difference and Comparison | Diffen
Thank you for that.
And of course I will be clean installing. Only savages don't clean install. And then pay the price by the most slowed down device ever.
The AHCI vs IDE page was quite informative, thank you for that as well.
What a dumb statement!
If pc is running fine, cloning will be fine as well.
In fact a clean install could run slower as you may need to optimise settings to get best performance!
My computer: W7>8>8.1>W10 since the beginning with with all Insider versions, substantial HW change in the mean time, end of savage story.
So here's my guess at how Windows 10 Activation will work:
My theory is that whenever windows 10 activates, it will 'phone home' to the activation servers with info about the hardware signature of the activated computer, and which edition has...
Like the title says, will it be possible?
If yes, it makes sense.
If no, how users who upgrade from 8.1 supposed to clean install Win10 down the line in the future?
Will we (win 8.1, 8 and 7 owners) be given new activation codes?
Activation doesn't work when upgraded from windows 7 sp1 retail--Windows 10 home preview build 10162
I reported the issue to Microsoft but that could create a problem when rtm is released for those that quit the program on the release date. It...
anybody else got this -- trying to personalize PC -got you need to activate windows before you can personalize PC.
Now what do I do !!!!!?!
Is this normal (I did an UPDATE rather than a new install BTW).