Beware of SSD

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Had a bit of a scare last night. As you may remember, I've changed out HD>SSD on several laptops and computers with very few problems. Last night I decided I wanted to upgrade my photobooth, which is a 24" Lenovo ThinkCentre running Win10. The Apricorn software which came with the HD dongle didn't work so I downloaded a copy of EaseUs. It got about 50% of the way thru the copy when it froze. After waiting a while, I hard booted, only to find that the boot track was now messed up. Dead PC and I'm scheduled to supply photobooth tomorrow (Saturday). Ran down to Best Buy and bought a copy of Win10 home and fortunately Windows was able to repair itself. Just thought I'd mention it as a reminder that these upgrade don't always go smoothly. Don't try them on a critical machine, 48 hours before you're suppose to use the computer.
 

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Had a bit of a scare last night. As you may remember, I've changed out HD>SSD on several laptops and computers with very few problems. Last night I decided I wanted to upgrade my photobooth, which is a 24" Lenovo ThinkCentre running Win10. The Apricorn software which came with the HD dongle didn't work so I downloaded a copy of EaseUs. It got about 50% of the way thru the copy when it froze. After waiting a while, I hard booted, only to find that the boot track was now messed up. Dead PC and I'm scheduled to supply photobooth tomorrow (Saturday). Ran down to Best Buy and bought a copy of Win10 home and fortunately Windows was able to repair itself. Just thought I'd mention it as a reminder that these upgrade don't always go smoothly. Don't try them on a critical machine, 48 hours before you're suppose to use the computer.
Why in the world would you re-purchase Windows? You have a valid license for that computer; all you needed to do was download the installer and format a flash drive or DVD.


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awdj

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If it already had Windows on it previously, what I’m saying is that they don’t use a COA sticker for a product key anymore — the computer is essentially licensed in BIOS.

That means that if you have a blank hard drive and download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool for free from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO and install it to the blank SSD, it will just automatically register/activate without a product key or anything.

No need to re-purchase anything.

Edit: Some refurbished computers -may- have a product key sticker yet. If so it’s usually under the battery. If you had that then you would just need to enter that number when activating Windows.


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If it already had Windows on it previously, what I’m saying is that they don’t use a COA sticker for a product key anymore — the computer is essentially licensed in BIOS.

That means that if you have a blank hard drive and download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool for free from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO and install it to the blank SSD, it will just automatically register/activate without a product key or anything.

No need to re-purchase anything.

Edit: Some refurbished computers -may- have a product key sticker yet. If so it’s usually under the battery. If you had that then you would just need to enter that number when activating Windows.


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+1 W10 activation seems to be a lot looser than previous versions. With older versions if you had an OEM install you couldn't reinstall from your friend's retail disc. Which was ridiculous IMHO.