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Can I just clone my HDD to a SSD to avoid buying new OS?

Hello!

So basically I'm on my window 8.1 laptop right now and I'm in the process of building a beastly gaming desktop. I have most of the components now.
I was wondering if I can just clone my laptop's HDD to my new desktop's SSD to avoid buying a copy of windows 8.1
Also, I think this windows copy of my laptop is a OEM (I don't know what that means lol) because it says it on the product key (last digits).

-from noob.
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    That will not work.

    That license is tied to that laptop. Period.
    Even if you could, you now have a laptop with no OS.

    The cost for Windows is maybe 5-10% of "a beastly gaming desktop". And it is just as much a part of the system as is the RAM/CPU/GPU/whatever.
  2. USAFRet said:
    That will not work.

    That license is tied to that laptop. Period.
    Even if you could, you now have a laptop with no OS.

    The cost for Windows is maybe 5-10% of "a beastly gaming desktop". And it is just as much a part of the system as is the RAM/CPU/GPU/whatever.


    aww :(
    anyways, thanks for the quick answer !
  3. And even if we disregard the licensing issues (which we can't), an OS installed in a laptop will not boot if that is put in a desktop. The systems are too different.
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