[Urgent / Specialist Response Please] How can I continue to use the same windows 10 on my current SSD on another higher generation PC/Laptop

Zeus MK

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How can I continue to use the same windows 10 on my current SSD on another higher generation PC/Laptop?
Only specialists respond to this query, please.

I am using activated windows 10 on my 4th gen laptop. I might upgrade to 6th to 7th gen soon in sha ALLAH
The question is that would I be able to use the same OS on the same SSD on the other higher gen laptop/pc?
If not then what is the workaround? I don't want to waste time installing a new OS because of various reasons.
 

Simonsayz

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Is it an OEM Windows that came with the the hardware? or Did you purchase a retail version of the windows and activated it with a 25-character product key?

If it is an OEM Windows, it stays with the hardware. Older OEM PCs/Laptops used to have a product key sticker at the back, newer hardware has the product key embedded in the UEFI BIOS. Either way, even if you change the HDD/SSD the key is picked up from the BIOS and activated. But you cannot migrate an OEM license to another hardware.

If you purchased a retail version, you can migrate the license to another hardware by two methods. Easiest method is, Link your Product key to your Microsoft Account (Hotmail/Outlook/MSN etc) and sign in to newly installed windows with that account and it will activate to your linked key.


Second method is a legacy method where you use phone line provided for Microsoft customer service.
 

Simonsayz

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The question is that would I be able to use the same OS on the same SSD on the other higher gen laptop/pc?
License/activation aside, using Windows OS which is configured and has drivers of particular hardware and using it in a different hardware setup will either BSOD, won't boot, crash a lot or would give sub-optimal performance. It is recommended to always perform a fresh install on new hardware.

A lazy work around would be that when windows BSODs a lot then it will give you recovery options, select "Erase Everything in C:", it will format OS partition and reinstall Windows.
 
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