OEM Hard drive transfer

Hey community,
I've read a lot of post on the OEM version and understand it is a licence to one compute and is not transferable. Because I bought the PC with the OEM already installed to a hard drive, if I clean install it to a new SSD I bought will the licence carry over or will I have to buy another one? If anyone has any personal experience would be great! thank you. 

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Last updated May 26, 2019 Views 2,993 Applies to:

An OEM license only becomes invalid if you change the motherboard or try to transfer it to another computer. 

Changing to a SSD will not do this. 

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