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DLARA1
Beginner
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Move SSD with Windows from laptop to NUC

I put an 256Gb SSD drive in my laptop and installed a *retail* (not OEM) version of Windows 10 on it. I want to take out the drive and move it to the NUC.

I understand from MSFT support that before the transfer I need to deactivate Windows on the laptop. But I don't know what to do once the drive is in the NUC. I'm trying to imagine what will happen when I first turn on the NUC: will I be prompted to activate Windows? Will I get nothing at all??

Any help appreciated.

Thanks.

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idata
Community Manager
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Hello davidla553,

Thank you for posting.

Make sure you have the product key to avoid losing/blocking the product key.

Once the drive is in the Intel® NUC, you need to reinstall the operating system and then proceed to activate your operating system. Plugging the drive and turning on the Intel® NUC will not display the operating system since these are two different platforms. The BIOS, chipset and other components are not the same; therefore, is not going to work this way.

These are the instructions for installing the operating system on the Intel® NUC: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000005471/mini-pcs.html Operating System Installation for Intel® NUC

Here are additional instrucions from Microsoft* for 'Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change'**: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change

Amy C

Intel Customer Support Technician

Under Contract to Intel Corporation

LeonWaksman
Super User
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1. Before removing your SSD from laptop, login using your Microsoft Account. Now your Windows activation will be linked with Digital License to your Microsoft Account.

2. Also now you will have problems with reactivating your Windows on other computer, since your activation is connected with your laptop hardware. For reactivation you will need use Activation Troubleshooter and ask Microsoft Support for help:https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12440/windows-10-activation https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12440/windows-10-activation . See the explanation in "Activation Windows 10 after hardware configuration change".

Leon

DLARA1
Beginner
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Thanks very much for the info. I have a better idea of what to do. One last little perplexity and I'm ready to order.

Here's what I understand to do:

1. On laptop, activate Windows with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account. (Done.)

2. On laptop, deactivate Windows. (Have instructions from MSFT support.)

3. Remove SSD from laptop, stick it in the NUC.

4. Reactivate Windows on the NUC. (Instructions you provided.)

Perplexity: Since I don't have Windows on a bootable thumbdrive (or other USB-connected thing), which is what all the instructions say to do, how do I get access to Windows when it's on the SSD drive? Can I press F10 when I start the NUC and switch over to the SSD drive letter, then start Windows and respond to the (re)activation prompts?

I'm sorry if I seem dense about this. I use a lot of apps but don't have a lot of experience messing with hardware and OS. I have to think there are others in this situation, wanting to port an SSD from an aging laptop....

Thank you!

LeonWaksman
Super User
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You may prepare bootable USB with Windows 10 (Windows installation media) using Microsoft Media Creation tool: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 Download Windows 10 . It is very important for Windows 10 user to have Windows 10 Installation media USB.

Regards

Leon

DLARA1
Beginner
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Thanks very much for the information. I created the bootable WinThumb.

A reviewer on the Amazon page for the NUC I'm interested in (BOXNUC7PJYH1) wrote, "If you installed an SSD, you have to update the BIOS before it will recognize the SSD."

Is this some random bogus nonsense, or is it the case? If so, how is that done?? I haven't seen any reference to this anywhere else, reviews or YouTube videos etc.

Thanks.

LeonWaksman
Super User
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1. I'm always updating bios to the latest version. I'm doing this before system installation. I don't know what is the bios version on the NUC you will receive (could be also some preproduction version with some bugs), so better to update it. Thelast version you can download here: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/28242/BIOS-Update-JYGLKCPX-86A-?product=126137 Download BIOS Update [JYGLKCPX.86A] . Here you will find instruction how to update your bios with JY0045.bio file using F7 method: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000005850/mini-pcs.html F7 BIOS Update Instructions for Intel® NUC .

2. In addition to install an SSD (which i hope is compatible with the NUC you are going to buy), you need to install a RAM memory. In order to avoid unnecessary problems, my suggestion is to buy SODIMM tested and verified by Intel. Here you will find list of tested components: http://compatibleproducts.intel.com/ProductDetails/ExportPeripheralInfo?moduleName=Intel%C2%AE%20NUC... http://compatibleproducts.intel.com/ProductDetails/ExportPeripheralInfo?moduleName=Intel%C2%AE%20NUC...… . If the SODIMM or SSD doesn't not appear on Intel list, it doesn't means that is not compatible with your NUC - it means that was not verifird by Intel.

3. After system installation you should install all Intel drivers for your NUC: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/126137 https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/126137 however, this is already subject for other thread. In this thread you asked how to move Windows installed on laptop to NUC and I've given you already answer on this question.

Leon

DLARA1
Beginner
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This is great information. Thank you! I'm feeling confident to take on the project now. Just hope my laptop doesn't die until I can effect the move.

I think I'll update the BIOS before I even install the RAM/SSD.

Perhaps when I'm up-and-running I'll write up all of this as a step-by-step procedure, in case others want to do the same thing.

Thanks again.

LeonWaksman
Super User
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You can update bios without SSD installed, however you need RAM installed.

Leon