Windows 10: Will upgrading my motherboard force me to reactivate windows?

Discus and support Will upgrading my motherboard force me to reactivate windows? in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; Currently my PC is using a old motherboard that has a old CPU in it because my other motherboard with my completely fine i7 in it broke. I now have the... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by Default Raccoon, Jan 24, 2019.

  1. Will upgrading my motherboard force me to reactivate windows?


    Currently my PC is using a old motherboard that has a old CPU in it because my other motherboard with my completely fine i7 in it broke. I now have the money to buy a new motherboard but I'm worried that when I swap motherboards and CPUs my windows will need to be reactivated. I brought my key from somewhere (not gonna say) but it is a genuine key for Windows 10 Home and I used it when I upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 (not genuine.) What I mean is I ran the installer, when it asked for a windows 10 key I put the one I bought in. Sorry for the long explanation but I hope it helps whoever helps me to understand the situation a bit better. Now that's out of the way, my question is: If I swap motherboards (and CPUs) will I have to reactivate Windows 10 and if I do can I just use the key I used to upgrade my PC to windows 10 in the first place?


    Thanks in advance for the help!

    :)
     
    Default Raccoon, Jan 24, 2019
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  2. WhyMe Win User

    New Motherboard and Reactivation


    I **think** that if you are replacing a broken motherboard with an identical replacement then you have a good chance of successfully re-activating your current Win10 installation

    Once you have installed your new identical motherboard to replace the broken one I recommend you do the following:
    • Speak to a Microsoft Activation Customer Service Representative on the phone.
    • You will be able to get the phone number via the activation screen in "Settings"
    • Clearly state that the motherboard used to initially activate Windows 10 had failed and needed to replaced
    • Clearly state that this is a repair and not an upgrade
    • Clearly state that you are replacing a defective motherboard with an identical like-for-like replacement (same make and model)
    • Clearly state again that this is definitely not an upgrade of your existing hardware


    FYI, I have successfully re-activated previous versions of Windows after replacing a broken motherboard with an identical make and model. I used the method to ensure success.

    If you are not 100% clear in the way you are expressing your self then you may not be successful. ie They will not re-activate if they believe you performed a major hardware upgrade

    Good luck.
     
    WhyMe, Jan 24, 2019
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  3. 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?

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



    Kindly let us know if you need any further assistance with Windows, we are glad to assist you.
     
    Abdul_Malik, Jan 24, 2019
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  4. Will upgrading my motherboard force me to reactivate windows?

    win 10 motherboard change, reactivating windows

    Hi Famie,

    If you are planning to change your motherboard, you will still be able to activate your Windows 10. In Windows 10 version 1607, there is a feature that you can link your Microsoft account to Windows 10 digital license on your device.
    This can help you reactivate Windows using the Activation troubleshooter if you make a significant hardware change later, such as replacing the motherboard.

    That being said, we suggest that you follow the steps given on this article
    to reactivate your Windows 10 after a hardware change.

    Let us know if you need further assistance.

    If you think this was useful, do not hesitate to "mark it as an answer" to help those are facing the same problem.
     
    Janeane Cru, Jan 24, 2019
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