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RMCPip
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Upgrade to SDD from HDD in Dell Desktop PC and clean install Win10

Is it okay to replace the original HDD with another drive (Dell Inspiron 3656 Desktop) and clean install the same version of Windows 10 to the new drive - will there be any issues regarding Win10 authentication?


I would prefer a clean install (an updated ISO from Microsoft with Fall Creators Update) if possible - or the only way to go is to use the Dell factory image?

Thanks!

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vtoy116
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RE: Upgrade to SDD from HDD in Dell Desktop PC and clean install Win10

There should be no issues especially if you login with a Microsoft account to authenticate.

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Philip_Yip
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RE: Upgrade to SDD from HDD in Dell Desktop PC and clean install Win10

Is it okay to replace the original HDD with another drive (Dell Inspiron 3656 Desktop) and clean install the same version of Windows 10 to the new drive - will there be any issues regarding Win10 authentication?


I would prefer a clean install (an updated ISO from Microsoft with Fall Creators Update) if possible - or the only way to go is to use the Dell factory image?

Thanks!

Yes it will work. Your Product Key is embedded in the ACPI Table of the UEFI BIOS (embedded in the motherboard and not the hard drive).

Use the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10  

More details here:

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/download-windows-1709/ 

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


#IDoNotWorkFor Dell
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RE: Upgrade to SDD from HDD in Dell Desktop PC and clean install Win10

Yes, its possible. You can do cloning and transfer the data to the new hard drive along with partition recovery. Using this partition recovery, you can perform a complete re installation.  Make sure the new hard drive is compatible with the specs of your Desktop.

www.tomshardware.com/.../266629-32-cloning-hard-drives

Hope this link would be helpful.