Shortcut to building a new system?

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Redcrown Senior Member • Posts: 1,766
Shortcut to building a new system?

I want to get a new Windows desktop machine. More memory, more power, better GPU, Win11 compatible, etc. But I hate the process of starting from scratch, re-installing all my software, patches, and customizations.

Can I clone my current (old) system drive, swap that SSD with the SSD that comes in a new machine, boot up, update Windows and drivers, and go back to production?

I don't understand how Microsoft licensing is tied to hardware and if that would foul this approach... or if that can be overcome, like somehow transferring the license from the new machine to the cloned system drive from the old machine.

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