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Transfer pre-installed OS harddrive from old pc to new pc?

by Viddy33 / February 12, 2016 6:16 PM PST

My curiosity is peaked as I have never tried this before. I have ordered all my computer components for what ill be my 5th build. I have always just bought new drives and installed OS from scratch. However in this case I am sticking with the same drives as they are still very usable and perform well. My question is, can I take my hard drive from my old pc build that has windows 10 pre-installed and put it in my newer build and run it? I am curious if this s a bad idea and may cause problems. Thanks.

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Of course you can use that old Hdd. anywhere you like,
by Oldartq / February 12, 2016 6:32 PM PST

however, if the OS is an OEM then you can't install it in another computer. So what version is the OS, OEM or retail?

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Not a sure thing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 12, 2016 6:34 PM PST

Only know by trying. Certainly it will blow up, need activation, drivers and such.

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by renegade600 / February 12, 2016 10:31 PM PST

you can never transfer oem to another computer or motherboard. Thought it may activate, it may be declared non-genuine at any time when updating. It would be best to purchase a system builders oem version. It would be better to spend a bit more money and purchase a full retail version so you can transfer it to your next build.

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