Question Win11 HDD move to new computor


Junior Member
Feb 16, 2023
Hi all.

I have a computer which I want to upgrade CPU, mobo and ram in. I am thinking individual components or just buying a pc without HDD, os or GPU as I have all them.

The hardware side I am comfortable dealing with. My question is, if I remove the HDD and GPU from old computor and put them in a new computor, will windows 11 break? It's intel to intel. I do not want to do a reinstallation of windows. I will at some point but cannot atm.

I have searched online, but answer appear inconclusive and hit and miss.

If it's possible, any recommendations, like driver removals?

Thanks for any help


Senior member
Oct 23, 2014
Both Win10 and Win11 are fairly tolerant of system changes. It will update the drivers and boot to desktop. Re-activation may be necessary, but the computer should run fine.

Depending on the type of Windows installed, you might want to create a Microsoft account to get your Windows activation attached to your account. That will make it easier to reactivate it on new hardware.


No Lifer
Feb 26, 2006
I went from a pre-built i7-9700k rig to a me-built i5-13600k rig...dropped in the NVMe boot drive from the old pc, ta-da! Windows 10 was just fine. Since I was selling the old pc, and the IS was tied to that hardware, (oem9 license) I went ahead and bought another Windows 10 license for the new rig. It was simple to change the reg.