Windows 10: Do i need to purchase windows again for Motherboard swap

Discus and support Do i need to purchase windows again for Motherboard swap in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; i know this seems like a dumb questions but i do have windows 10 home on my M.2 SSD and ive had 2 mother board changes with lenovo but im thinking to... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by Manny Low, Aug 2, 2021.

  1. Manny Low Win User

    Do i need to purchase windows again for Motherboard swap


    i know this seems like a dumb questions but i do have windows 10 home on my M.2 SSD and ive had 2 mother board changes with lenovo but im thinking to get a new mother board from a different company will i need to purchase a new product key or is there a way to keep my version of windows thats on the SSD

    :)
     
    Manny Low, Aug 2, 2021
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  2. Johnny5 Win User

    Building Again

    I just tried to swap the hard drive for the one you suggested keakar but i purchased rush processing so its already in step 3... *Big Grin Do i need to purchase windows again for Motherboard swap :D
     
    Johnny5, Aug 2, 2021
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  3. mgk563 Win User
    Windows activation after motherboard swap

    I called Microsoft support to help with activating windows after I changed my motherboard. I have a digital licence that I received when upgrading from Windows 7 years ago. This had survived a previous motherboard swap a few years ago with no issue.
    Support told me there was nothing they could do and told me to call 18009365700 which just says all lines busy. All they did was ask for my name. Tell me to run the troubleshooter and then told me I was SOL unless I could dig up my windows 7 key from the
    original purchase. I think where I messed up was I went on my MS account and removed my "old" pc thinking I needed to before it would activate on the new motherboard. So it's not listed when I run the troubleshooter. Am I, in fact, SOL now? Really don't
    want to shell out for a product I already own.
     
    mgk563, Aug 2, 2021
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  4. VisioWL Win User

    Do i need to purchase windows again for Motherboard swap

    Windows 10 not activated after motherboard swap

    Hi,

    I've ran into interesting problem after swapping out my computer's motherboard. The old motherboard contained a windows 8.1 pro key in the bios and the computer was upgraded to window 10 pro. After I swapped out the motherboard, the old one was fried, and
    put the new one in, I can't activate windows anymore.

    The new motherboard contains a new windows 8.1 key but is there a way to activate it? Or do i simply have to reinstall windows 10?

    Best regards.
     
    VisioWL, Aug 2, 2021
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