I have a windows 10 Professional PC where I need to replace the hard drive.
The computer originally came with Windows 7 Pro and I upgraded it to Windows 10 Pro for FREE via Microsoft Assisted Technology web page. I run Windows Backup to an external USB hard drive. I purchased a new hard drive.
What is the best way to restore everything to the new hard drive without having to activate Windows 10 OS license?
I thought about a couple of methods:
(1) Run a Acronis Hard Drive Copy to duplicate the contents of old HD on the new HD. I am afraid that it will prompt for OS activation once I boot the computer with new HD.
(2) Install Windows 7 Pro (and activate it using production key on COA that came with the computer) on a new HD and upgraded it to Windows 10 Pro for FREE via Microsoft Assisted Technology again and run RESTORE using Windows Backup and Restore program from external USB hard drive.
What do you suggest?