Solved do I need to reactivate win-10 cloned to SSD from hard drive

February 23, 2019 at 05:52:33
Specs: windows-10, not sure but enuff to run
If one was to clone a current laptop (mechanical) hard drive to an SSD - or image the current hard drive and put that on the SSD, will one have to re-activate the win-10 installation?

The original OS was win-7; and that forcibly upgraded by M$-land to win-10. It's been a PIA since then for the owner of the laptop. (He didn't get half a chance to prevent the forced upgrade... it just happened within an standard KB update/download way back when). At present the laptop is in with local techie resolving a few problems; and this chap seems to on the ball by all accounts - not always the case of course. The current hard drive is around way less than 1Tb - which is the size of the intended SSD.

Google trawls generally seem to suggest no need to re-activate - but one or two results seem less sure. Any thoughts/experience here amongst the win-10 fraternity?

The original win-7 installation was almost certainly an OEM (it's an Acer laptop).

The specs I've posted are a general reference to the Acer in question.

I've posted in hardware for want of a better location; but if the mods feel it's better in say win-10 please pheel phree to relocate the post.



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February 23, 2019 at 06:39:13
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If it is cloned you will not need to reactivate it. It will be an exact copy of what was on the original drive.

Your other option is to do a clean install on the SSD.

If you've already activated Win10 then the license is tied to that computer, Microsoft calls it a "digital license." Just click "I don't have a product key" and it will activate when the installation is finished.

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February 23, 2019 at 08:03:37
Thank you for that info/tip.

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