In Windows 10, there is an option to "remove everything and reinstall Windows." However, in my experience, whenever I use this option, Windows gets re-installed to the same drive that it was previously on. What if I want to instead install it on another drive? What's the easiest way to do this?

The main reason I ask is because I don't have access to the original installation media anymore, and I am concerned with running into license validity issues if I don't do it properly. What's the best way to move it to another drive?

  • Windows 10 ISOs are free, as free as air, so download the current ISO and install Windows 10 to the drive you want it installed to – Ramhound May 21 '18 at 0:18

If you have a valid license, you should have no issues reinstalling Windows 10 on the same machine.

Download the Windows installation media from Microsoft.

During the install, there is an Advanced option where you can delete your old Windows install, as well as select the drive you want to install it on.

As a reminder, backup anything you need before you proceed.

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  • Thank you for the information; I was successfully able to install Windows 10 on my other drive. However, I left my old installation on the previous drive, and I notice that when I boot into either of them, they both say "Windows is activated with a digital license." Is that supposed to be the case? I can have multiple Windows installs on the same computer (on different drives) with both using the same license? I'm just wanting to make sure that I did this correctly. – ereHsaWyhsipS May 21 '18 at 1:33

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