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

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April 15, 2014 7:30:41 AM

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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a c 901 G Storage
April 15, 2014 7:36:12 AM

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.
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April 15, 2014 7:53:13 AM

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 !
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a c 901 G Storage
April 15, 2014 8:01:55 AM

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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