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Procedure to install SSD in HP laptop

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#1 councillor


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Posted 30 October 2017 - 12:43 PM

Can I upgrade HP laptop with win 10 to a SSD drive (as this is a hardware change) without purchase win 10 ?

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 08:33 AM

I  have done it with a desktop and a HDD. Had to go through the verification process with MS to get the OS activated again. Have not had the problem with W 10 [yet]

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 08:53 AM

I did this just last week on my Boss's laptop. I had no issues in Windows 10. I did not have to purchase a license. I did have a Microsoft account attached to the license though.



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 10:28 AM

If a computer has been legally licensed with Windows 10 at any time in the past you can swap out virtually any and every piece of hardware you like except the motherboard without any issues.  Windows 10 licenses are kept on Microsoft's servers and are linked to a given machine via the motherboard (I'd presume using a serial number and/or similar).


Windows 10 is the first generation of Windows to do this (I don't think Windows 8.1 does, but I might be mistaken) making it about as simple as possible to do hardware upgrades of all kinds, but particularly hard drive upgrades.


If you are using a Microsoft Account linked Windows 10 user account that is the same as the one that you were using on the original hard drive, and you'd installed Microsoft software like Office, etc., all the licenses for those products should be stored in your Microsoft Account.  This makes it simple to download them and reinstall them, too, though sometimes you do have to contact Microsoft to get your key reset on the server so that "single install on single machine" licenses will work again.  There are procedures in place to allow this for hardware upgrades.

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 10:26 PM

I cloned my Windows 10 on my desktop from the original HDD to a new SSD using Macrium Reflect Free.

Swapped drives and everything was a go: upon completion, I did have to enable AHCI.

In my case the size of each drive were the same.

If you want to consider that, post back if the size of each drive is different.

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