Support for booting Windows on hardware that it was not originally installed on

Applies to: Windows 10, version 1809Windows 10, version 1803Windows Server version 1803 More

Summary


This article describes the Microsoft support policy for booting the Windows operating system on hardware that it was not originally installed on.

More Information


Microsoft does not support booting Windows on hardware that it was not originally installed on. For example, the following situations are unsupported:
  • Removing the boot drives from one computer and putting them into another computer.
  • Using cloning software to replicate the Windows OS from one drive to another and then booting the replicated drive from inside a different computer.
There are exceptions to this policy:
  • Windows operating systems that are run as virtual machines (VMs). These can be exported from one computer to another when they're running on the same hypervisor.
  • When Sysprep is run to prepare a Windows OS for new hardware. 
  • When a Windows OS is configured to run as Windows To Go.
For more information about the technologies that are discussed in this article, see the following: