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Swapping a SSD from a laptop into a desktop

Hello! About 8 months back I purchased a Samsung evo 840 to replace my laptop's deceased hard drive, I made it an exact clone of my previous hard drive ( swapping over windows 7 and all my other files). I am just looking for some insight to see if it would be possible to use that ssd with the windows 7 OS on it and put it right into a gaming desktop I am in the middle of constructing, or would swapping a drive and OS that has been used in another system just cause problems?

Just looking to save some money by not having to buy a new drive with a new OS.

Appreciate any response!
Also this is my first post sorry for any 'noobish' mistakes!
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  1. I'd format the ssd, windows from one system to another is hassle
  2. legend001523 said:
    I'd format the ssd, windows from one system to another is hassle


    Cheers for the quick reply!
    So format it and get a new copy of windows?
  3. yep, that's all you need to do
  4. The physical drive is fine. The OS will have to be reinstalled.
  5. USAFRet said:
    The physical drive is fine. The OS will have to be reinstalled.


    Ah thanks, so there is no way of using the existing OS?
  6. it'll be complicated if you do, very cmplicated
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    spr0ut3 said:
    USAFRet said:
    The physical drive is fine. The OS will have to be reinstalled.


    Ah thanks, so there is no way of using the existing OS?


    For multiple reasons, no.

    1. It almost certainly will not boot. Too much hardware difference
    2. Even if it does, there may be lingering issues later on
    3. Licensing. That OS is licensed to that original motherboard. Upon seeing all new hardware, it will deactivate itself
  8. legend001523 said:
    it'll be complicated if you do, very cmplicated


    Cheers guys, think i've got the info I was looking for! I'll have a look into getting a new copy of windows 7 for it.

    Thanks again.
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