Windows 10: Installing a digital license after hardware change

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    Installing a digital license after hardware change


    Hi all,


    I was hoping to double check with the wisdom of the interwebs if my understanding of the re-install process is right before I do something I can't undo.


    Essentially my PC has become very unstable, with the CPU dying a long painful death (painful for me anyways). Today for example I didn't think I could get it back up and running.


    So... since it is a 4 year old system, I needed to get brand new replacements - CPU, MoBo and memory. I am running Windows 10 Pro which I upgraded from a purchased copy of Windows 7 Pro.


    I have signed in and linked my Windows 10 digital license to my Windows account.


    I have backed up all I need.


    I have downloaded (what I presume) is the install file using the Windows Media Creation Tool on a USB.


    So... the plan is to install the hardware, then boot using the USB and that should install Windows 10 Pro.


    But, because I have changed some hardware, I will need to use the Activation Troubleshooter to leverage my linked Windows account to actually activate the Windows 10 Pro install.


    Does that sound right, or will I come to grief during the process? I really don't want to end up paying for another copy of Windows 10!


    Thanks for your help,

    -Seweryn

    :)
     
    SJBozNM, Oct 5, 2018
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  2. Uninstall (delete, remove) the Windows 10 digital license from old hardware, after reactivating it on new (similar) hardware, after hardware change

    Hi,

    I recently was able to reactivate my Windows 10 digital license on new (only on similar, same type laptop to laptop) hardware, by linking my Microsoft account. I followed the steps mentoned in

    Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change
    .

    I find that the old hardware, still has an activated digital license of Windows.

    I need to uninstall the digital license from the old hardware, in such a way that it will not activate, on its own, and will not invalidate the digital license on my new hardware, at all.

    Please advice me, as I would like to transfer my digital license to my new hardware, completely, and permanently. I require my old hardware to not be having the digital license, at all, and the digital license to be completely deleted from it.
     
    Vikram S Ramani, Oct 5, 2018
    #2
  3. Unable retrieve my digital license for windows 10 after hardware change

    Windows 10 Digital License

    When you upgraded from a previous version of Windows or receive a new computer preinstalled with Windows 10, what happened is the hardware (your PC) will get a digital entitlement, where a unique signature of the computer will be stored on Microsoft
    Activation Servers. The Windows 7 or Windows 8 genuine license you were previously running will be exchanged for a diagnostics key.

    Anytime you need to reinstall Windows 10 on that machine, just proceed to reinstall Windows 10. It will automatically reactivate. You will prompted to enter a product key a couple times through the installation, click I don't have
    a key and Do this later.

    There is no need to know or get a new key, but if you have issues with Digital Licensing or the Activation Troubleshooter, you can utilize an existing Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 product key you already own to
    reactivate if necessary. or use the reset function in Windows 10.

    Activate Your Windows 10 License via Microsoft Chat Support

    Reinstall by Performing a Direct Clean Install

    If Windows 10 was already installed and activated on your system, just proceed to perform a direct clean install as described in the following articles.

    Step 1: How
    to download official Windows 10 ISO files


    Step 2:

     
    Andre Da Costa, Oct 5, 2018
    #3
  4. Installing a digital license after hardware change

    Digital License

    Windows 10 Digital License

    When you upgraded from a previous version of Windows or receive a new computer preinstalled with Windows 10, what happened is the hardware (your PC) will get a digital entitlement, where a unique signature of the computer will be stored on Microsoft
    Activation Servers. The Windows 7 or Windows 8 genuine license you were previously running will be exchanged for a diagnostics key.

    Anytime you need to reinstall Windows 10 on that machine, just proceed to reinstall Windows 10. It will automatically reactivate. You will prompted to enter a product key a couple times through the installation, click I don't have
    a key and Do this later.

    There is no need to know or get a new key, but if you have issues with Digital Licensing or the Activation Troubleshooter, you can utilize an existing Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 product key you already own to
    reactivate if necessary. or use the reset function in Windows 10.

    Activate Your Windows 10 License via Microsoft Chat Support

    Reinstall by Performing a Direct Clean Install

    If Windows 10 was already installed and activated on your system, just proceed to perform a direct clean install as described in the following articles.

    Step 1: How
    to download official Windows 10 ISO files


    Step 2:

     
    Andre Da Costa, Oct 5, 2018
    #4
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