I'm going to sell my high end PC and trade it in for a cheaper model.
I don't want to have to start windows again though, I have a set up a certain way and I don't want to hastle of having to start over again.
So, I was wondering coudl I put the hardrive in my current build in a new one and run the exact same version of windows I am using now just on cheaper hardware?
Is there a way to do this?
Yes but isn't a easy task because the installed windows is "adjusted" to the hardware you have. There are disk image software that can create an image of the current install and then restore to dissimilar hardware, the software will remove the drivers for the hardware missing and will install/request the ones needed to successfully boot windows on the new machine.
I don't know of any free image software that allow the restore to dissimilar hardware usually only the payed versions can do it.
Another thing to consider is that you will need a new windows license for the new machine, most machines have an OEM license that is bound to the original hardware and can't be transferred to another machine. This will not apply in case you have a retail version.
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