Options for upgrading Creator laptops?

Captain Starbuck

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I've been searching for laptops, checking every vendor and model, and I find the MSI Creator series addresses all of my needs. I'm impressed with how much MSI packs into this series in terms of power, Thunderbolt 3, and 99.9 Whr battery. Each model mostly differs in terms of RAM or Disk or APU or GPU.
I have RAM and disk and GPU from my recently deceased Lenovo (motherboard died), and it would be ideal if I could migrate my hardware into a new Creator 15 or 17.
These are related questions for a system purchased and used in the USA.

1. For a system that comes with Windows 10 Home, is there any issue with upgrading to Win10 Pro with a license from Microsoft or my MSI vendor?
2. I have 2x16GB 2666 DDR4 SoDIMM RAM. If I can find a Creator system that has 2 slots (tough to tell), does MSI have any issues with me replacing the default RAM?
3. Similarly, I have a 1TB NVMe m.2 SSD with all of my data. I need to get a system with an extra slot so I can put this in. The spec pages equate the built-in hard drive to "HDD Capacity", implying there is no additional SSD slot. That also implies the maximum disk is whatever they put in the single slot, which doesn't make sense. Do any of these Creator systems have a second slot?
4. Same question as #2 for SSD.
5. Same question to replace a lower level GPU with an existing GTX 2060.
6) Do we get media for a full re-installation with all utilities? For example, if I get a system with 512GB SSD and replace in my 1TB SSD, can I install the same OS/license and utilities?
7) I've always had an issue with the built-in battery per-charge longevity. Can someone suggest a way to augment the battery for more off-power time? For example, my awesome Lenovo had just 1-2 hours of charge, not enough for a plane flight or car ride. Can we get a better battery for a Creator 15, or is there a good after-market power-pack?

Thanks!
 

Captain Starbuck

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Follow-up : I found some references to the hardware and verified that these Creator devices have 2 SSD and 2 RAM slots. I just purchased a new "high-end" Creator 15 and expect that everything will go well. This system already includes 32GB RAM, a 2070 GPU, and Windows 10 Pro - so I won't need to move that hardware, only my SSD, and there's no need to buy/upgrade the OS.
No response necessary now unless something here rings a bell. *ding!* :)
I'll follow-up here when I get the device within this next week and I've verified all details.
Thanks.
 

Crazydonkey

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You can try to swap the SSD directly if you didn't build RAID.
The GPU is not able to be upgraded.
If the OS license comes with your new laptop, the license will be automatically activated if you use the same version of OS. (e.g. Windows Home)
 
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