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Swapping Windows 7 and Windows 10 license (and hard drives) between laptop and PC. Can it be done?

Hi all, I've got a slightly complicated licensing question so bear with me:

I have a laptop with a fast Samsung EVO SSD running OEM Windows 7. I'm about to buy a Windows 10 OEM PC with a (slower) Sandisk Pro SSD pre-installed.

My question is, can I format and move the laptop SSD to the PC and move the PC SSD (formatted or not, doesn't matter) to the laptop without descending into windows licensing hell?

Both machines have stickers with valid product keys, but I don't want to do it unless I'm sure both machines will accepting licensing for the corresponding OS.

Any help appreciated!

Many thanks
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    The prob will be they've got different hardware, chipset and drivers.

    So you would have to format the hdd if you move it from the desktop to laptop. And I doubt that you'll be able to use the laptop key on the desktop.

    Or vice versa

    It's probably locked to it
  2. Paul NZ said:
    The prob will be they've got different hardware, chipset and drivers.

    So you would have to format the hdd if you move it from the desktop to laptop. And I doubt that you'll be able to use the laptop key on the desktop.

    Or vice versa

    It's probably locked to it


    Ok thanks for the reply Paul, much appreciated.
  3. No probs
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