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Alan Silverman
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Customer has asked me to get a new computer for them. Their current system is a Lenovo desktop running Win7 64bit Home Premium. I would like to upgrade this system to Win 10 and then take out the hard drive and put it into a newer
Lenovo desktop running Win10 Home Premium. This will avoid having to reinstall all the programs.

I’m looking for a good refurbished system that this should work on, as up level as possible hardware-wise and with reasonable expectation it will last a long time. I always prefer business computers for this reason but many of them are Windows Pro.  Do you have any suggestions for a Lenovo desktop this might work on? Output from Belarc advisor and Speccy is below.  

Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601.24535)
Boot Mode: Legacy BIOS in UEFI (Secure Boot not supported)
Lenovo H430
Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor 3.30 gigahertz Intel Core i3-2120
64-bit ready
Multi-core (2 total)
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
    6.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
    SyncMaster (1280x1024@60Hz)
    Intel HD Graphics Family (Lenovo)
        Intel Core i3 2120
            Cores    2
            Threads    4
            Name    Intel Core i3 2120
            Code Name    Sandy Bridge
            Package    Socket 1155 LGA
            Technology    32nm
            Specification    Intel Core i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz
            Family    6
            Extended Family    6
            Model    A
            Extended Model    2A
            Stepping    7
            Revision    D2
    Manufacturer    LENOVO
    Model    MAHOBAY (SOCKET 0)
    Chipset Model    Sandy Bridge
    Chipset Revision    09
    Southbridge Vendor    Intel
    Southbridge Model    H61
    Southbridge Revision    B3
    Brand    LENOVO
    Version    ECKT16A
     Date    4/6/2012
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if you going for refurbished Lenovo Desktop, my suggestion will be for basic usage and cheaper:

Desktop LENOVO M93 SFF / i5 4th gen 8GB / 256SSD / Win10


I like mini-towers better.  Can add drives and memory easier.
Kesavan JeganarayananIT Consultant

you can try Lenovo Mini, but can’t add additional graphics card, but best for normal usage. we are using this for our office to save space.
something below specs

Lenovo ThinkCentre M93P Tiny Mini Business Desktop Computer, Intel Dual-Core i5-4570T Processor up to 3.60 GHz, 8GB RAM, 240GB SSD, WiFi, Windows

NoahHardware Tester and Debugger

Hi there! :)

I think if you want something that can last longer and have the budget to cater for, you can try the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079J4H1P2?tag=aboutcom02thebalance-20&linkCode=ogi&th=1&psc=1&ascsubtag=4169353%7Cnac9efff94b22436d94e0a88350234bd703

Screen Size: 14 inches
Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Max Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor: 1.9 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory Speed: 2133 MHz
Hard Drive: Flash Memory Solid State
Graphics Coprocessor      : Intel UHD Graphics 620
Chipset Brand: intel
Card Description: Integrated
Wireless Type: 802.11g
Number of USB 3.0 Ports:      2
Average Battery Life (in hours): 15 hours
Top Expert 2013

i think you would have licence problems if you exchange the drives like that
i know you don't want to reinstall everything, - but in the end it is the best, and cleanest solution
your way will carry all unneeded, and possibly unwanted items with it


Thanks to all,