Tesla1856
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RE: How to move Windows 10 OS from HDD to SSD

You can use Macrium Reflect (free) to clone or Image the old drive.

http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

You might then want to "RESET" it so that your brother starts with a fresh/clean computer.

http://www.howtogeek.com/132428/everything-you-need-to-know-about-refreshing-and-resetting-your-wind...

A working set of core drivers (and any required custom Dell drivers) should be migrated.

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/mt210509(v=vs.85).aspx

It should be working at this point. When using the Win10-Reset feature, I'm not sure if enhanced custom driver-suite software will be migrated as well. Examples of these are Dell TouchPad software, nVidia GeForce Experience, Dolby audio equalizer software, etc. 

Then, you just use the computer like a new one and install your programs. It's gonna be way-fast booting and loading programs from SSD now.

Alternatively, I personally would probably just opt to do a clean-install of Windows-10 (64bit). You can create a bootable Win10/64 flash drive from Microsoft's Windows-10 website. Boot it with F12 and install to the blank SSD. Keep the old HDD disconnected and un-touched until later. Later, (after you are done with it) you can erase it and use for other purpose (large-games, storage, backups, etc.)

I would then install any missing drivers (and enhanced driver-suites) from WindowsUpdate or http://support.dell.com). If some of these latest drivers are not specified as Windows-10 compatible, they might still work if installed in Windows-8 Compatibility Mode with the Compatibility Troubleshooter.

It should Activate as Genuine since you already did an upgrade install (in-place install) of Win10. If you had not done that, Windows-10 should still Activate Genuine by reading Win-8 key from BIOS or by you manually entering CoA Key from sticker on side of computer. Basically, as long as your copy of Windows-7 or Windows-8 was legitimate you should not have a problem with Activation.


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