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amityakovian-8829 asked ·

Can you use your PC’s windows product key on a SSD device?

Hi there, I’ve recently purchased a SSD device in order to have a “portable pc” instead of having to work on multiple pcs. My question is, when I install Windows on that SSD device, can I use my PC’s Windows Activation Key in order to activate it there as well? Thanks!

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DSPatrick answered ·

Windows will install and activate fine using an SSD, but moving the disk to other hardware is likely going to trigger the need for reactivation.

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KapilArya answered ·

Hello,

That purely depends upon type of license you've on your PC.

If the license is retail type, you can transfer it to SSD.

But if the license on PC is OEM, it can't be transferred to installation made on SSD.

Regards.

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Tripredacus-7848 answered ·

You can't use the same license on two separate computers. You will not be able to move a normal installation of Windows 10 on an SSD or any other type of disk between different computers and retain activation. You'll need to look at something like Windows to Go instead.

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TeemoTang-2039 answered ·

Welcome to our new Microsoft Q&A Platform.

For your question, it is depend on your product key type, where do you get it?

If you bought the key from a Microsoft retailer, of course you could activate your new SSD by this product key, even your product has been using on the PC. Note, one proudct key can only actiave one PC, change hard disk is allowed, but actiave two PCs is not allowed.

Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change

However, if your product was bought from OEM, this key is bound to the specific device, you need to consult seller for help.

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