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My computer current has only an HDD. If I get an SSD, can I move windows to it..

#1iammaxhailmePosted 9/18/2013 1:47:48 PM
...and use the same key, etc? No hassles?

I'll be using the HDD too, but for storage.
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#2reincarnator07Posted 9/18/2013 1:50:25 PM
I believe you can, but you will likely have to reinstall windows.
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#3PyrotechnixxxPosted 9/18/2013 1:51:53 PM
You'll want to reinstall windows if you go that route, but you will be able to reinstall windows using the same product key with no hassle.
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#4eco masterPosted 9/18/2013 1:54:41 PM(edited)
Yep, you shouldn't have any license issues at all. The SSD will probably come with some software to help move your files from the HDD to the SSD. At the end of the process, your data, licensing information included, will be ready for normal use.

EDIT: As above users note, you may have to reinstall Windows due to a variety of possible issues, but such won't necessarily always be the case. It'll help to have a means of reinstalling Windows on hand just in case.

When I swapped out my desktop's HDD for a new SSD, I didn't have to reinstall or reactivate Windows. Your mileage may vary.
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#5iammaxhailme(Topic Creator)Posted 9/18/2013 1:55:04 PM(edited)
Okay, cool. When I say "computer currently has", I mean "the laptop that is in the mail coming to me" (and I know it has two hard drive bays) so I won't really lose anything if I do it soon.

I just hope it actually comes with a windows disk and key, because my last laptop didn't and I had to buy windows.
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#6TheC0ndemnedOnePosted 9/18/2013 1:55:33 PM
It is possible to migrate your OS to an SSD, but in my opinion it's safer and less of a hassle to just reinstall.
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#7the_cajun88Posted 9/22/2013 6:10:36 PM
I'm going to have to do this later. I want the OS on my new SSD and the OS came preinstalled on the laptop. The manufacturer says that they don't have any discs.
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#8Knight2520Posted 9/22/2013 6:14:02 PM
If your laptop has Windows 7, you can download ISOs legally and use one to reinstall Windows. Windows 8 is a little more involved, but if you have the product key you can still do it.
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#9ihumpmypillow89Posted 9/22/2013 6:35:49 PM
the_cajun88 posted...
I'm going to have to do this later. I want the OS on my new SSD and the OS came preinstalled on the laptop. The manufacturer says that they don't have any discs.


You can download that s*** legally from digitalrivercontent.net, just google the version + digital river for the links.
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#10the_cajun88Posted 9/23/2013 1:33:11 PM
ihumpmypillow89 posted...
the_cajun88 posted...
I'm going to have to do this later. I want the OS on my new SSD and the OS came preinstalled on the laptop. The manufacturer says that they don't have any discs.


You can download that s*** legally from digitalrivercontent.net, just google the version + digital river for the links.


Noted.
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