Windows 10: Can I use my Windows 10 key on my new PC?

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  1.    30 Jul 2015 #11

    Actually changing SSD's shouldn't pose a problem. I upgraded retail 8.1 Pro on my HDD in the ultrabay and clean installed Win10 on my SSD without issue.
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  2.    30 Jul 2015 #12

    If it is just the SSD that's changed, it may not trip the activation. But if you clone the SSD to another, and install that in a new PC, it likely will.
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    WinXp; Win7 Pro; Win10 Pro
       30 Jul 2015 #13

    Actually you can say it stronger.

    Changing the drive will not deactivate you. It works exactly the same as any Windows setup. If you clone your drive to a bigger one/different one/etc it doesn't care.

    The info about your activation is stored in silicon on your motherboard, using the UEFI firmware storage locations, and corresponding info is sent to Microsoft for storage in it's activation databses. As people have stated, only if you change things drastically such as replacing your motherboard/cpu and or nic card will you trip re-activation requirements.

    People to thousands of drive clone/upgrades every week. Windows 10 isn't going to break that.
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