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02-16-2021 02:01 PM
If you are running W10 on the PC you replaced the drive on, use the Media creation tool on your other PC to create a bootable USB W10 installer and boot from that to install W10 on your PC's new hard drive.
02-16-2021 02:07 PM
Yes the laptop that has had the hard drive replaced did have windows 10 install, and the 1 I can copy from is currently running windows 10 so as you said it should be straight forward!!
what size usb stick will I need in terms of storage?
02-16-2021 02:26 PM
If your PC came with W10 from HP, the product key is in the BIOS. W10 will automatically find it and activate.
If you upgraded to W10 from an older OS, if you are asked to enter a product key during the installation process, select the 'I don't have a product key' option.
If your PC was made in 2016 or later, you could also get a 32 GB USB flash drive and use the HP cloud recovery tool to create a bootable USB recovery drive that will reinstall W10, the drivers and the software that originally came with your notebook.
Here is an info link for how to use that utility...
02-17-2021 10:53 AM
I have followed your instructions and downloaded the windows 10 on the usb, inserted into laptop that has new hard drive, selected usb flash drive from boot up option and the screen goes black with a small flashing underscore line (symbol -) but nothing seems to happen after that?? Shall I try windows 8 as the laptop may have been purchased in 2015??
02-17-2021 10:58 AM - edited 02-17-2021 10:58 AM
How long did you leave it with the flashing underline?
I have found that it could take up to 45 seconds or so, before anything starts happening.
What is the full model number or product number of your notebook?
Use this guide to find that information...please do not post the serial number.