Windows 10: Replacing motherboard, cpu and ram, transferring Windows 10

Discus and support Replacing motherboard, cpu and ram, transferring Windows 10 in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I hope someone can provide me with the some guidance. The scenario is this: I'm updating the mobo, cpu and ram in my PC to AMD Ryzen 2700X and a... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by Marcus Vinicus, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. Replacing motherboard, cpu and ram, transferring Windows 10


    I hope someone can provide me with the some guidance.

    The scenario is this:
    • I'm updating the mobo, cpu and ram in my PC to AMD Ryzen 2700X and a Gigabyte x470.
    • All the other components including the hard drive will be the same.
    • I'll be reformatting the hard drive and reinstalling Windows 10 Pro from scratch.
    • Currently the PC has Windows 10 Pro Retail a free upgrade from 8.1 when win 10 was first released.
    • The license is a digital license linked to my MS account. I have two licenses the other is linked to my laptop.
    • The product key of Windows 10 Pro is the generic one ending in 3V66T

    So can I reformat the hard drive, reinstall and activate Windows 10 with the new hardware?
    I've read many websites on this but would appreciate a clear answer.

    Is the reactivation going to straight forward?
    Will I need to provide the Windows 8.1 Product Key? (I still have it).

    Any advice on how to go about this would be really helpful.

    I want to keep the Windows 10 license legit and if I really must will buy a new copy of Windows if that is the last resort.

    Thanks
    *Smile

    :)
     
    Marcus Vinicus, Nov 6, 2018
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  2. andy29uk Win User

    Replacing Motherboard/CPU/RAM with OEM Windows

    Hi, I am helping a friend with a Dell Optiplex computer which has Windows 8.1 OEM installed. It has been struck by lightning and I need to replace at least the motherboard.

    Looking through forum threads here, it looks like if I replace the motherboard with one of the same model, the activation of Windows should be ok. What if I change to a different (compatible) CPU at the same time, would that still be ok? Does the RAM also need
    to be of the same size? The hard drive and other devices would be the same.
     
    andy29uk, Nov 6, 2018
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  3. bkkdude57 Win User
    Replacement Motherboard and CPU for Windows 10

    Hi all,

    When Windows 8 was released, I bought 2 licences for Laptop and desktop to upgrade from Windows 7. Later both upgraded to Windows 8.1. I upgraded both to Windows 10 last August. Now, due to motherboard fault, I need to replace the motherboard, and would
    like to take the opportunity to change the cpu from AMD to Intel, therefore needing to change motherboard and CPU. I will be using the original hard-drive with the Window 10 OS. What issues will I have on rebooting after the change? If a big problem, I
    can just replace the mothboard, but would really like to replace both.

    Thanks in advance

    Best regards
     
    bkkdude57, Nov 6, 2018
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  4. bkkdude57 Win User

    Replacing motherboard, cpu and ram, transferring Windows 10

    Replacement Motherboard and CPU for Windows 10

    Hi again,

    With reference to my post yesterday about replacing motherboard; My cuurent motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-F2A88X -UP4. If I replace it with the identical motherboard and use the same CPU, will I be able to boot up?

    Best regards
     
    bkkdude57, Nov 6, 2018
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