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Need a replacement for my current SSD running windows 10

Your license ties itself to "your system" (probably meaning the motherboard) but should continue to work after only an SSD swap. Windows 10 seems to activate itself automatically via Microsoft's servers, so don't be surprised if it "just works" without prompting you for your key.

 

The Windows software is freely available from Microsoft's website. You'll need to set up a USB flash drive or DVD yourself, though.

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I have been using an OCZ Vertex 120gb SSD with my system but i seems to be crashing a lot. So i was thinking of upgrading to a new one. My only problem is that i have no installationdisc of windows.. I first downloaded it (illigaly my apologies :( ) and bought an upgradekey afterwards. Do I have to buy Windows again or is there any way i could use my current legal key?

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Your license ties itself to "your system" (probably meaning the motherboard) but should continue to work after only an SSD swap. Windows 10 seems to activate itself automatically via Microsoft's servers, so don't be surprised if it "just works" without prompting you for your key.

 

The Windows software is freely available from Microsoft's website. You'll need to set up a USB flash drive or DVD yourself, though.

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Your license ties itself to "your system" (probably meaning the motherboard) but should continue to work after only an SSD swap. Windows 10 seems to activate itself automatically via Microsoft's servers, so don't be surprised if it "just works" without prompting you for your key.

 

The Windows software is freely available from Microsoft's website. You'll need to set up a USB flash drive or DVD yourself, though.

 

What if he backs up his current drive and restores it to the new one?


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What if he backs up his current drive and restores it to the new one?

 

I've never actually done that myself. If I had to guess, Windows would probably verify it's activation status, see that it's still installed with a valid product key, and then continue to work just fine.

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I've never actually done that myself. If I had to guess, Windows would probably verify it's activation status, see that it's still installed with a valid product key, and then continue to work just fine.

On windows 10, this works just fine. I cloned an old drive with Acronis True Image, and restored it to a new SSD. Worked like a charm, the first time I opened settings on Windows 10 on the newly imaged drive, I simply had to click activate now. 

Worth noting that it is a retail key of Windows 10.

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