Windows 10: Query - Motherboard Issues, should I buy a new Windows or upgrade to Pro

Discus and support Query - Motherboard Issues, should I buy a new Windows or upgrade to Pro in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; So the issue is this, I have had my computer for just over two years. The motherboard is giving me issues, at first it was sound issues, now it's... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by Nerioth, Dec 27, 2020.

  1. Nerioth Win User

    Query - Motherboard Issues, should I buy a new Windows or upgrade to Pro


    So the issue is this, I have had my computer for just over two years. The motherboard is giving me issues, at first it was sound issues, now it's intermittently freezing. Like controls/screen freezes for like 5 seconds, drops internet than starts again. I will be getting a different motherboard. The problem is the Windows is an OEM home. I was wondering if it's possible to upgrade from OEM home to Pro and if this would allow the use of a different motherboard or if I have to actually just buy a new windows.


    Motherboard in question -

    MSI Enthusiast Gaming AMD X470 Ryzen 2 AM4 DDR4 Onboard Graphics SLI ATX Motherboard

    Thanks

    :)
     
    Nerioth, Dec 27, 2020
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  2. Buying new motherboard do I need to buy Windows 10 again?

    well i thinking to get upgrade and buy better motherboard and cpu. i bought new windows 10 Pro 64 dvd OEM

    question is if i will decide to buy new motherboard and cpu. do i will have to buy windows 10 again?
     
    MaciejMantaj, Dec 27, 2020
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  3. mshimala Win User
    Windows saying not activated after motherboard upgrade

    Hi,

    I recently upgraded some PC parts (new motherboard, RAM, processor, video card) and ever since then I have a watermark in the bottom right of my display reading "Activate Windows - Go to Settings to activate Windows."

    I took advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10 back when they were allowing Windows 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10. I don't remember receiving an activation key during this upgrade.

    I've read online that installing a new motherboard can occasionally cause issues with OS activation. How can I reactivate my Windows without having to purchase Windows 10.

    Some things to note:
    • This watermark was not there prior to installing the new motherboard
    • As some places (and a Microsoft Tech Support member) suggested, typing the query "wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey" into CMD just returns with "OA3xOriginalProductKey". The Microsoft Support member seemed confused by this and said there was nothing further she could do.

    Thanks!
     
    mshimala, Dec 27, 2020
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  4. Query - Motherboard Issues, should I buy a new Windows or upgrade to Pro

    Windows 10 and upgrading motherboard

    Hi,



    Thank you for bringing up your query on Microsoft Community.



    The only hardware changes that can negatively impact activation status once you upgrade to free version are the changes to the:

    • CPU
    • TPM
    • Motherboard replacement
    The following changes are examples of hardware changes that will NOT impact the activation status:

    • HDD/SSD
    • Video card
    • Adding extra memory
    Let us follow the steps suggested by Andre Da Costa (replied
    on July 26, 2015) in the following thread:



    Will Upgrading Motherboard After Upgrading To Windows 10 Make Me Lose My Windows License?

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...ading-to/a26e93c4-6886-4b44-99cf-7bf49ccba6ee



    Kindly let us know if you need any further assistance with Windows, we are glad to assist you.
     
    Abdul_Malik, Dec 27, 2020
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