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I'd like buy a Samsung 950 pro and a new mobo with an M.2 slot. Will I need to install Win 7 on the new ssd and then go through Win Update to get Win 10? Is there any way to directly transfer my Win 10 install to the new ssd? I know I can clone the drive but figure it won't work with the new board.
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I'd like buy a Samsung 950 pro and a new mobo with an M.2 slot. Will I need to install Win 7 on the new ssd and then go through Win Update to get Win 10? Is there any way to directly transfer my Win 10 install to the new ssd? I know I can clone the drive but figure it won't work with the new board.

If you have already upgraded to windows 10 from windows 7 and you're changing the motherboard, you will have to buy a new windows 10 license.

You will need to perform a clean install on the new drive too. Good luck.
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Is there any way to directly transfer my Win 10 install to the new ssd? I know I can clone the drive but figure it won't work with the new board.

You should be fine cloning it, gone are the days of this failing on new hardware (for the majority of cases anyway). Much easier than a full reinstall of everything.
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You should be fine cloning it, gone are the days of this failing on new hardware (for the majority of cases anyway). Much easier than a full reinstall of everything.

His new SSD is NVMe. I might be wrong... but I don't think it will work by cloning. Certainly easy enough to try though.
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Changing motherboards can still be a serious problem so be prepared to reinstall Windows when you change boards and SSD. It can go well but there are lots of things that can go wrong and performance might not be as good as with the old hardware due to left over drivers causing problems.
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