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What to do? Keeping old boot SSD for new MoBo.

Hey everyone!

 

I'm planning to upgrade my PC very soon. MoBo and CPU.

 

Now i want to keep my boot SSD (Samsung 960 Pro). What do i have to do? Can i just swap it or do i have to do anything else? 

I never upgraded a pc in this way (only built entire systems until now), so sorry this might seem like a stupid question.

 

Thanks in advance for your help!

 

 

 

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Windows probably won't be happy and you will have to call or contact microsoft about getting a new key if having a registered version of windows is important to you otherwise it shouldn't casue too much of an issue.

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Just plug her in and she'll work. You're probably going to have to reinstall Windows though so backup anything important before hand.

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If it's simply a new motherboard using the same cpu then you should be fine. There may be some driver issues though. If you are going to be using a diffrent platform then I would highly recommend doing a fresh install of Windows.  

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25 minutes ago, Ahaber said:

Windows probably won't be happy and you will have to call or contact microsoft about getting a new key if having a registered version of windows is important to you otherwise it shouldn't casue too much of an issue.

Not always, often you just need to re-enter your Microsoft license key and you're good to go! It's never a consistent experience though, I've had time's where it's plug and play, and other times where I had to re-install windows and call Microsoft.

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26 minutes ago, Ahaber said:

Windows probably won't be happy and you will have to call or contact microsoft about getting a new key if having a registered version of windows is important to you otherwise it shouldn't casue too much of an issue.

Honestly I have used my OEM license on multiple motherboards. Just had to re-enter the code. Granted this doesn't always work but it works but it isn't like it never works either. 

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Just now, Brooksie359 said:

Honestly I have used my OEM license on multiple motherboards. Just had to re-enter the code. Granted this doesn't always work but it works but it isn't like it never works either. 

I know haha, it never works the same way every time I do it. But USUALLY just re-entering my license is the most common result.

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Just now, JM21 said:

I know haha, it never works the same way every time I do it. But USUALLY just re-entering my license is the most common result.

Honestly it has never not worked for me. Granted I have only switched motherboards for my main system 3 times. 

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7 minutes ago, Brooksie359 said:

Honestly it has never not worked for me. Granted I have only switched motherboards for my main system 3 times. 

It's worked the times where I swapped the boot drive into a system I already had, those times I never had to do anything. But other times (with new motherboards) it's re-entering my license number, or re-installing windows then calling Microsoft.

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When I upgrade hardware (mobo or CPU) I do a fresh install.  Like you OP I usually do a new build and that's what I do anyways, but when I don't do a complete ground up build I just do it because its habitual...and works.

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2 hours ago, Brooksie359 said:

If it's simply a new motherboard using the same cpu then you should be fine. There may be some driver issues though. If you are going to be using a diffrent platform then I would highly recommend doing a fresh install of Windows.  

I'll be replacing the Mobo and the cpu (ASUS Strix Z270E => ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero Z390 and i7 7700k => i9 9900k (I'm sorry i preordered the cpu. Im really sorry!). So that means i have to format the drives or something like that? I can't just plug in the M.2 drive? 

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I would do a fresh install but that is just me. It seems like a big enough difference where I wouldn't want to deal with any weird issues. 

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