By AOMEI / Last Updated July 18, 2017

What is OEM Windows?

OEM is short for Original Equipment Manufacturer, usually OEM Windows has a license, OEM license refers to the installation of Windows on pre-built systems for sale to consumers online and in stores. For this reason, it’s very likely that the Windows you’re using right now is OEM.

Reasons to move OEM Windows to SSD

Very often, for computer users, the main purpose of cloning HDD to SSD is to upgrade hard drive and get better performance, such as fast running speed, noiseless work environment. SSDs are more and more popular among computer users. Most of them use SSD for OS and HDD for storage.

Concerns about moving OEM Windows to SSD

As we all know that OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on. You may have the concern that Windows will detect that it is not really running on the original drive and bail after transferring OEM Windows 10 to new hard drive. Can an OEM Windows installation be moved to another drive without a license or key problem? The answer is yes.

How to move OEM Windows 10 to another hard drive or SSD

OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard. But how to move OEM Windows 10 to SSD?

When you go to disk management, you want to transfer oem Windows to ssd, but only to find Windows build-in tool does not have this function. What should you do? In this case, you have to turn to third-party software. AOMEI Partition Assistant is a professional disk management which is easy to use. You can use AOMEI Partition Assistant to migrate OS to SSD.

Step 1: Download AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard and launch the software. Click Migrate OS to SSD, then click Next.

Migrate OS to SSD

Step 2: Select an unallocated space on SSD disk 3 as the destination location. Then click Next.

Select Disk Space

Step 3: Specify the size or the location of the partition being created and assign Drive Letter. Then click Next. Click Finish to return to the main window, then click Apply on the upper left corner to make the operation take effect. At last, click Proceed.

Resize Partition

Note: The program will run under AOMEI Partition Assistant PreOS Mode, so your computer needs to be restarted to complete these operations in the PreOS Mode.


AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a FREE disk partition management software. With the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, you can easily move oem windows to ssd. You do not have to worry you cannot active it on, even you do not have to reinstall Windows.

Besides Windows 10, it also supports Windows 8.1/8/7/XP/Vista. Also AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard has other powerful features. For example, you can increase partition size with Extend Partition Wizard; you can change the place of partition by moving partition.