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Donating SSD to another PC & clean install

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by Tafflad, Aug 14, 2018.

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  1. Tafflad

    Tafflad Thread Starter

    Apr 24, 2008
    I have a Dell PC that is running very slowly on W10
    After all usual stuff, clearing junk, defrag etc., still not good enough - as its currently on an old HDD, going to install an SSD for the OS.
    I cant install any more RAM

    Been advised to do a clean install rather than clone across an OS that might have issues.

    This SSD will come from another W10 PC (one I'm using today) I will install a new larger SSD in this main PC (using Clone SSD software) so that will be easy enough.

    I have 2 questions ....
    wipe of donated SSD ?
    Do I need to wipe or change something on this SSD before I install it in the Dell - is there a boot log or something I need to delete to avoid it trying to boot off this 'wrong OS', or will using install media override that.

    license Q
    The Dell is currently all working on-line, (just very slow) and therefore full valid W10 license ... but I have no license code (was upgrade W200 > W7 >W10)

    I had to delay upgrade for some months as I could not find admin account password .......... I have now found this, so want to 'protect' myself, against being locked out again after upgrade.

    How can I get to view the account & license details, I have full access from admin account.

    Just don't want to get the 2 OS versions mixed up and end up being locked out of PC.
  2. bassfisher6522


    Aug 8, 2008
    1. Yes...as the 2nd PC hardware is different from current PC, so always do a clean install in this situation.

    2. With 2nd PC and OS a new license will be required. So you'll need to buy what ever version of windows you want to install on 2nd PC.
  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    Once Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro has been installed and activated in a computer, you can reinstall it and it will self-activate.
    Even if you replace its HDD or SSD.

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