Using preinstalled Windows on new disk drive.


New Member
I have a laptop with windows preinstalled and I have the recovery media. If I buy a new disk drive for the laptop will I be able to use my recovery media to install Windows on the new disk drive?


Staff member
How old is the laptop?

Realistically you could just create a Windows boot USB with the Media Creation Tool and reinstall manually. The key is already bound to the motherboard so would activate automatically if you're already rolling Windows 10.



Staff member
Have you disabled secure boot? Usually you have to. If it still won't boot to the usb then its not bootable usb drive. But it should work if you used the create media tool.