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How many times can you transfer windows 8.1 64 bit to a new HDD or SSD

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Last response: in Windows 8
January 2, 2014 3:23:38 PM

Is it unlimited if you have the product key

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Anonymous
January 2, 2014 3:38:02 PM

Theoretically, yes. It's unlimited but Microsoft might question it at some point. It's registered to the computer. Not the hard drive but the question is how much of the pc can be new before MS says it's no longer the old pc. Replacing a hard drive they won't care about but replacing one every few weeks they're not going to go for.
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January 2, 2014 3:45:23 PM

Anonymous said:
Theoretically, yes. It's unlimited but Microsoft might question it at some point. It's registered to the computer. Not the hard drive but the question is how much of the pc can be new before MS says it's no longer the old pc. Replacing a hard drive they won't care about but replacing one every few weeks they're not going to go for.


So installing it for the first time now on a HDD and moving it to a SSD in a week or so when it comes through the post will not affect how many times I can move it in total?
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Anonymous
January 2, 2014 3:50:50 PM

Technically, yes but to be honest, I would wait the week and install it once.
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a b * Windows 8
January 2, 2014 3:59:19 PM

With Windows 8 you should be just fine because even with the OEM version it is no longer tied down to the first motherboard it was installed on. So If you want you computer up and running now instead of waiting a week you will be just fine. If you are OK with a complete re-install a week apart it will not hurt anything at all.
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January 3, 2014 3:32:39 AM

Anonymous said:
Theoretically, yes. It's unlimited but Microsoft might question it at some point. It's registered to the computer. Not the hard drive but the question is how much of the pc can be new before MS says it's no longer the old pc. Replacing a hard drive they won't care about but replacing one every few weeks they're not going to go for.


I have the windows 8.1 64 bit DSP OEI version, By "registered to the computer" does that mean registered to the motherboard?
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Anonymous
January 3, 2014 3:42:36 AM

Backtothere said:
I have the windows 8.1 64 bit DSP OEI version, By "registered to the computer" does that mean registered to the motherboard?

At this point, I'm not sure. In previous versions of windows, yes. It was registered to the motherboard but it seems that may have changed in Win8. I read earlier today however, they may have changed that back in 8.1. I'm just not positive anymore.
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January 19, 2014 7:49:08 AM

What if you buy a whole new PC and want to just move your SSD from your old PC to the new one. Still only in one PC.

The new PC comes with Windows 8.1 Pro, but I don't want to have to reinstall all my stuff. I've only had SSD for a few weeks, and THEN decided to buy the new PC.

I guess I would swap the system drives between the old and new PCs.
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January 29, 2014 9:57:09 AM

BHURST said:
What if you buy a whole new PC and want to just move your SSD from your old PC to the new one. Still only in one PC.

The new PC comes with Windows 8.1 Pro, but I don't want to have to reinstall all my stuff. I've only had SSD for a few weeks, and THEN decided to buy the new PC.

I guess I would swap the system drives between the old and new PCs.


Should work with windows 8.1, it's very flexible just don't use two OS's with the same key at once. You can have your 8.1 OS on as many HDD's as you want just don't use two at the same time.
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January 29, 2014 10:03:05 AM

the thing to watch out for is having multiple pcs with the same product key. you know what that means dont you.

but if its the same pc, you can do it every day if you have time for, no problem.
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a c 409 * Windows 8
January 29, 2014 4:04:34 PM

6 times in 6 months (sliding window) then they make you call to activate it again.
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