PSU basic works are easy to test, JUST test. Lay it at the side of your computer, unplug everything on it (letting the cables loose near where they were plugged) and just plug the new one with all the cables on the middle of everything. Awful look but it works and it's fast and you just want to test, not to let it for ages.
And about the Win 10 installation, beware! Because by your words I think you DON'T understand how the Win7 to Win10 change works. Microsoft never allowed (as far as I know) to use Windows 7 to activate Windows 10. What they alow is to UPGRADE a computer that has a legit and activated Windows 7 already on it. Doing so, the Microsoft licensing servers issue a new license for Windows 10 in behalf of the license of Windows 7 and TIED TO THAT HARDWARE.
So, if you install Windows 10 on a different hard drive on your actual computer two thinks can happen
- You have also plugged your Windows 7 older drive at the same time, install detects it, activates your Windows 10 for that OLD hardware, REMOVES your old Windows 7 installation and replaces it with a Windows 10 upgraded one (an I don't even know if it will allow you to chose or will install it in the same old drive where the Win7 was; probably). If all of this happens, you will NOT be able to activate Win10 in the new PC with the Win7 key in any means.
- You just plug the new hard drive in your old computer, unplugging the one with your older Win 7. The installation doesn't find any previous legit activated Windows so it doesn't auto-activate. Your Win10 installation will neither activate no matter how many times you try to write the key number of your Windows 7.
If you want your actual Win7 license allow you a free Win10 running in your new computer, you will have to do this:
- Do a fresh install of Windows 7 on the new computer and don't bother to install anything else but the LAN drivers
- Activate it for whatever method you can (online if it works, but probably you will have to do it by phone)
- In that last case, say something like "I had to change my motherboard due failure"
(lie! lie! lieeeee!)
- Once the Windows 7 is active, reboot, boot from the Win10 installation pen drive and chose the complete install erasing any previous windows
- Press the "Skip" option in any window that ask you for the license key
- Once the install starts, it will detect the win7 activated on there and issue a new activation code for your Windows 10
- Check the activation status once you enter into the Windows desktop for first time and you are sure you have Internet connection
- If it says "activated with a digital license"; you had succeed and you could now format as many things you want that PC that it will always activate unless you do a really major hardware change (mostly, motherboard change)
Reignman wrote: ↑
15 Sep 2020 20:58
Ahhh it all makes sense now. I figured you were into some of this on a professional level. You know too much about it xD.
Yes, for too many years, it's not that I hide it or something.
Actually it's been a long time since I was at the level of being me who mounts machines. But not all days one can tinker with such an expensive desktop machines (with lots of servers way more expensive, but they aren't so cool as workstation hardware). So I said: It was me who chose the parts in behalf of the client, that puppy is mine to mount it. It was more playing at work than really working.
PS: Don't have the slightest remorse by lying about the reasons of having to activate by phone if that's the case. You know, if they weren't interested in you dumping Win7 and installing the Windows 10 with all their telemetry to feed them with lots of personal data to make money with; the upgrade process had not been working for years now. They WANT us to run Windows 10, it's just they have to do the charade to resemble they still care for the money they make selling windows keys to consumers. The word free still scares too much stock holders.
EDIT: Just for curiosity, I searched a bit more and I found some people saying that you still can write the Win7 key directly into a Win 10 fresh install in 2020 and made it work. Of course, as they hide the keys being used in their demonstrations, it's just a question of faith. I can say you that procedure gave us problems even when the free update was officially live (Microsoft allegedly stopped that working back on 2016, even it still works). You can try to save you the time of the previous Win 7 install if you wish. The procedure I explained you is working 100% because we still apply it frequently (not fresh Win 7 installs, but on not-so-old client computers to remove Win7 that could cause problems). What it's 100% sure too is that the free upgrade is for a single hardware for each single Win7 key. If you make the mistake to try it on your old computer, you will have to pay a new Windows 10 key for the new computer (another US 120$ approx to your budget, ouch!).