If it's possible, I would like to get the free upgrade from Win10 Pro to Win11 Pro, but I'm not sure how to go about that. The "new" system will look different enough that the current Win10 installation probably won't recognize it for activation purposes.
- If I make all the other replacements but keep the current system drive, will it boot into Win10 or will it refuse to boot because of needing different hardware drivers?
- Similarly, if I replace the current system drive with an M.2 SSD (which the old MB wouldn't support) and restore a Macrium Reflect image backup onto it, will that boot into Win10?
- If neither of these will work, can I use a bootable USB drive with the Win10 Media Creation Tool and somehow wind up with the current license applied to it?
- Last option: I still have the Win7 CD and installation key, which I could install, upgrade to Win10, and then upgrade to Win11. From something mentioned on Tom's Hardware, that should work, right?