👍 #895 - Can I Move My Hard Drive to a New Computer and Have Windows Work?
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Wouldn't it be nice if, when you got a new machine, you could just take the hard drive out of your old one, move it to the new, boot up and pick up as if nothing had happened?
Yes it would be nice. No, you can't count on it working.
It can fail obviously and hard. In some cases it can actually work. What's frustrating, though, are all the points in between where it kinda-sorta works, or looks like it's working until you stumble on an issue that was laying in wait.
Yeah, no. I recommend you not even try. Can I Move My Hard Drive to a New Computer and Have Windows Work? has the details.
Also this week: My password is right, darn it! An update on updating to Windows 11. Getting files from an old hard drive.
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Can I Move My Hard Drive to a New Computer and Have Windows Work?
It would make some things easier.
Also This Week on Ask Leo!
I Know My Password Is Right, But I Can't Sign In. What Do I Do?
Should I Update to Windows 11?
How Do I Get Files From an Old Hard Drive?
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How Do I Get Files From an Old Hard Drive?If you've got an old hard drive and you want to get data off of it, there are several approaches.
Should I Update to Windows 11?Windows 11 is out to much fanfare, hype, and confusion. Unless you have specific reasons, you don't need to upgrade yet.
Can I Move My Hard Drive to a New Computer and Have Windows Work?In general, the answer is no, it will not work. But sometimes it does. And sometimes it?s something in between.
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