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new computer same hard drive

im building basically a new computer only keeping cpu ram and hard drive.

when i bought the computer im currently using it came with windows 8 pre installed to the mother board, but when windows 10 came out i upgraded, in new computer im building i want to put my OS on an ssd. am i able to move my OS to the ssd or do i need to buy another windows OS key?

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Depends on the license.

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W8 pre-installed is often OEM so the license dies (or stays) with the motherboard.

So yes to the question.

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Do the install

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I suggest you do the install and then await the results. The likely outcome will be a renewal of activation process. That's because the re-install even similar components has changed. The OS will note that and start the activation process request. At least if you re-install you will be directed to MS key process. Overall, have key in hand to lessen downtime. -OR- do above and go thru the process online. Payment is required is open at this point. Licencing for previous OSes detail that it remains with the OEM PC, or if you have an actual retail version Win10 install disc/drive(flash) goes with it provided the old PC is kaput. This doesn't apply to "upgrades" to Win10 for that still relied on the old OS presence and PC, OEM licencing. Does this make sense to you? Below find helpful link:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12440/windows-10-activation

tada -----Willy Happy

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oem licences are non-tranferable

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OEM licences are non-tranferable.

Also when windows 10 digital upgrade licence was issued it would be tied to your computer hardware.

Small changes such as memory upgrades or peripherals will not affect the continual use of licence however a wholesale change such as motherboard would require you to purchase a new windows licence.

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Well one thing is that with

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the anniversary update of Windows 10 Microsoft began to link your MS account to the digital entitlement of the Windows 10 upgrade. The linking is used to make it easier to activate when you have changed hardware. Before the linking people that changed hardware which shouldn't require calling MS for activation were forced to. MS added this to make it easier and haven't really been clear on if changing the MB would work in this process. But I guess I would make sure you system is updated to at least the anniversary update and then make sure you have a Windows ISO or clone to the SSD. If it doesn't activate you will have the option to activate it form within WIndows.

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