By AOMEI / Last Updated August 21, 2020

Can I move OEM Windows to SSD?

I just bought a new computer with 1 TB hard drive that has Windows OEM pre-installed, along with some utility programs. And now I got a Samsung SSD and I would obviously like to move Windows 10 and all the installed programs from my HDD to SSD, make it the bootable drive and turn the 1TB drive into a data drive. How can I go about accomplishing this? Thanks!

You can transfer OEM Windows to SSD drive

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. Nowadays, it is shipped with almost every new computer unless you bought one without an operating system installed on.

Each OEM Windows has its own product key tied to the very first computer on which it was first installed and activated. Although the OEM Windows cannot be transferred to another device, it can be moved to another hard drive on the same device without a license or key problem.

Freeware for moving OEM Windows from HDD to SSD

SSD offers faster running speed and a relatively noiseless work environment, it has become a trend among most computer users to transfer OEM Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7 from HDD to SSD with the purpose of upgrading hard drive and getting better performance. To accomplish this task, you can try the free partition manager: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.

This freeware is compatible with all versions of Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7. It has the “Migrate OS to SSD Wizard” and is able to transfer OS partition to another SSD or HDD with smooth boot from the destination disk. It only supports migrating OS drive from MBR to MBR disk. If you need to migrate OS from MBR to GPT, GPT to MBR or GPT to GPT, please upgrade to Professional edition.

4 Steps to move OEM Windows to SSD without reactivation

Now you can free download AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. And follow the steps to transfer OEM Windows to SSD.

Note: all data on the destination SSD drive will be erased during the OEM Windows migration process, so please make a backup in advance.

Step 1. Launch the software. Click “Migrate OS to SSD”, then click "Next".

Migrate Os To Ssd

Introduce Next

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".

Resize Partition

Step 4. Then click “Apply” on the upper left corner to make the operation take effect.


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. After it is done, you can restart your PC, enter BIOS to change boot order (set the SSD as the first boot device) and boot computer from SSD drive then.

Change Boot Order


AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a FREE disk partition management software. With its help, you can easily move OEM windows to ssd without reactivating it or reinstalling Windows. It also has other powerful features. For example, you can use it to move partition, clone partition, merge partitions, clone hard disk, wipe hard drive and more in Windows PC. If you are running Windows Server operating system, you can try the AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.