Move Windows 10 OEM from HDD to 860 EVO SSD without Reinstalling it

H 9891
H 9891
May 22 · 4 min read

If you have an older HDD in your PC you may get a fairly low performance when running Windows 10 due to the slower HDD (100 % Disc Usage). It is recommended to replace the HDD with a Solid-State Drive (Such as Samsung 860 EVO SSD).

You may want to ask if you can transfer Windows 10 OEMs to SSDs? After testing, I can answer you accurately, yes, when you want to switch HDD to SSD, you can move Windows 10 to OEM to another drive.

What is a Windows 10 OEM?

OEM (short for original equipment manufacturer) is the full version of the operating system, which means that your computer is with pre-installed with Windows 10, and then the OEM license is embedded in the UEFI/BIOS firmware. These types of licenses are not resaleable and are not transferable to other PCs.

How to check if your Windows is OEM, Retail or Volume?

There are typically 3 different types of Windows licenses: Retail, OEM and Volume Licensing.

Retail — This is a boxed copy, which can be obtained from a retail store or online from the Microsoft Store. You can transfer the Windows 10 Retail copy to another PC.

OEM — If your computer comes with pre-installed Windows 10, then an OEM license is embedded in the UEFI/BIOS firmware. These types of Licenses are not-for-resale and is not transferable to another PC.

Volume — It’s used mostly for large businesses, government and educational institutions. It cannot be used on PCs other than those associated with the company. The Volume product keys are either used with a KMS server or Multiple Activation Keys (MAK) where a single key can be used on multiple PCs.

To find if your Windows 10 is activated with a Retail, OEM, or Volume license type:

  • Press Win+X, press C to open Command Prompt.

Why need move to Windows 10 OEM to a new hard drive

As mentioned above, the OEM version can only be used on the first activated computer. Typically, if change your computer’s hardware, you will need to purchase a new OEM copy.

However, if your original hard drive is too small, you may want to move OEM Windows 10 to a larger HDD and get more capacity. Aside from that, you may want to move OEM Windows 10 to an SSD to get better performance, including faster running speed, fast loading speed.

How to Move Windows 10 OEM to SSD without Activating it

To transfer Windows 10 OEM copy, you need to use a third-party drive clone software such as iSumsoft Cloner. It is designed to complete the cloning, backup, and restores of the operating system. It offers an amazing feature to help you upgrade your hard drive to SSD, clone system and data drives to SSD disk and more

Step 1: Connect the SSD to your laptop.

Step 2: Initialize the SSD disk.

Wait for the laptop to detect it. Initialize your SSD to MBR or GPT — exactly the same as the current system drive, so you can boot the system effortlessly after cloning the Windows system.

Step 3: Copy the Windows system drive to the SSD drive.

Download iSumsoft Cloner, install and launch it on your laptop.

  • Select the “Copy” tab.

When prompted to complete these operations, it means that the Windows installation has been cloned into the SSD drive.

Step 4: Replace hard drive with SSD

  • Turn off the computer, disconnect the power cord and other cables, and then remove the rear panel.

When you are done, start your computer from the cloned SSD. That’s it!