Set Up Program To Create Bootable USB For Installation

Feb 28, 2016

I am going to be installing an ssd into my laptop in the coming days and I am planning on using the windows 10 set up program to create a boot-able usb for installation. My laptop came with Windows 8 pre-installed and I updated it to Windows 10. If I do a fresh install to the ssd, will Windows recognise my PC and activate itself?

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