Windows 10: New motherboard - Do I need a new win10 licence?

Discus and support New motherboard - Do I need a new win10 licence? in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; Hello all, very recently, my computer slurped up a malware and I had to wipe the hard drives and reinstall windows. On a whim, I decided to upgrade... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by Dauthi, Nov 28, 2020.

  1. Dauthi Win User

    New motherboard - Do I need a new win10 licence?


    Hello all,

    very recently, my computer slurped up a malware and I had to wipe the hard drives and reinstall windows. On a whim, I decided to upgrade from win 7 to win 10 pro, so I bought a licence. At the same time I got a "great" idea of upgrading most of the PC hardware, so I ordered a new GPU, CPU, motherboard and some DDR4 RAM memory.

    Here's the pickle: Now that I have already installed and concurrently used up the win10 licence on my PC running the old hardware, do I need to buy a new win10 licence after I replace the old motherboard etc?

    My current motherboard is:
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. B85-PLUS

    My new motherboard will be:
    Asus PRIME B450-PLUS ATX motherboard

    Thank you in advance,
    Dauthi

    :)
     
    Dauthi, Nov 28, 2020
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  2. Superfly Win User

    Still a Little Confused re Licence - new Motherboard

    What's confusing? Save the current digital licence to your MSA - then on new hardware, Activation toubleshooter will register a new digital licence that had been associated with your MSA registered digital licence.
     
    Superfly, Nov 28, 2020
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  3. DaveM121 Win User
    New motherboard

    Hi NJDR, most likely you will need to purchase a new Windows 10 licence . .

    Is your Windows 10 licence based on an OEM licence (came pre-installed on a PC) or Retail (purchased separately to a PC)

    If it is a Retail licence, then it will have transfer rights to a new Motherboard, if it is OEM it will not . ..
     
    DaveM121, Nov 28, 2020
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  4. quarkrad Win User

    New motherboard - Do I need a new win10 licence?

    Still a Little Confused re Licence - new Motherboard

    I had an oem win7 install that was 'free upgrade' to win10 and under the licence status it now says ....Windows is activated with a digital licence.... My motherboard is faulty and needs replacing - I have two choices, I have a newer pc that I could use or buy a new pc/motherboard. My understanding is that when I rebuild the new machine with a fresh copy of win10, and the activation servers see my new motherboard, they will not activate win10 becuase their database says that my original win10 install was from a win7 oem base. So, if this is the case, I assume I have to buy a full retail version of win10. If this is the new case and I install on my other 'newer' machine, there is a possibility that could fail at some point and I would have to buy a new pc (bare bones system). When I install a fresh copy of win10 on this brand new machine there will not be problem because my last install was from a retail version of win10 so activation will not be a problem. Further to this scenario - there is a limit of three hardware changes for a retail version of win10. Confirmation much appreciated.
     
    quarkrad, Nov 28, 2020
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