Windows 10 pro on a new hard drive

James Anning 1 Reputation point
2021-02-07T12:17:00.85+00:00

I have windows 10 pro on my laptop. I need to replace the OS drive where 1win10 is installed.
(current solid state drive is Samsung 850 EVO, new drive is Samsung 860 pro)

1) How do Clone my old drive to the new drive ? What do I use to do this (I'm not using any windows security encryptions)
2) If I have to reinstall windows 10 pro, I do have "a key" but I'm not sure it is the correct key. how can I get my key?

Thanks,
James Anning.

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  1. SUNOJ KUMAR YELURU 13,961 Reputation points MVP
    2021-02-07T13:10:21.95+00:00

    HI @James Anning

    You can get win10 pro license key on your pc below is the command.
    At the command prompt, type:

    wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey  
    

    Windows disk cloning

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  2. James Anning 1 Reputation point
    2021-02-07T13:26:01.31+00:00

    I tried
    wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey
    in cmd run as admin.......it did nothing, came back with just "OA3xOriginalProductKey"
    in powershell I tried
    (Get-WmiObject -query ‘select * from SoftwareLicensingService’).OA3xOriginalProductKey
    same thing.....nothing. That same site has a .vbs script......that did return a key, but I tried it on a second pc and it returned the same exact key

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  3. S.Sengupta 16,006 Reputation points MVP
    2021-02-07T13:29:19.983+00:00

    You may also download , install Belarc Advisor to retrieve Product Key.

    For step by step cloning:

    https://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-10/how-to-clone-a-hard-drive-in-windows-10/

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  4. James Anning 1 Reputation point
    2021-02-07T13:29:31.473+00:00

    That site Windows disk cloning, says alot, but I don't see a solution?