1.    10 Aug 2015 #1
    Join Date : Jun 2015
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    Win 10 Pro 64 bit

    Can I upgrade my computer after Win 10 install


    I upgraded 2 tablets and 2 laptops from Win 7/8.1 to 10 and so far so good. Even the wife likes it (that is huge).
    Now it's time to get Win10 onto my main/gaming computer (home build system).
    There are some things, I can't seem to find the answers to.

    What, how often and how much upgrading of the hardware can I do and keep Win10?

    If I upgrade now and buy a new HDD later this year (SSD), can I then do a fresh install (I have made a DVD from the download). This means, the main drive with the upgraded Win 10 won't be in this computer anymore.
    I regularly upgrade graphic cards, will this be a problem?
    early next year I will do a complete rebuild, like skylake with new MB and DDR4 mem.

    Once I go to the new chipset, I might be upgrading CPU, HDD, Graphic cards as needed, can I always use the same Win10 or do I need to buy a new version every time I do a transplant?
    Thanks for any help.
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  2.    11 Aug 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jun 2015
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    Win 10 Pro 64 bit
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    well, it seems that I found some answers to my questions.
    It looks like you can replace lots of hardware and if you get lost, MS will help you with the re-activation. However, this goes as far as the mother board. If you replace the mother board, you lose your operating system and will have to buy one again.
    I hope more info will come out, once people actually have to go through some of these processes.
    In my case, I'll make a decision some time later. not sure yet, if I want to buy win10 within the next 8 month.
    I might wait until I upgraded the mother board on my main computer and then upgrade to win 10
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  3.    11 Aug 2015 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 73
    Window 10 Home 64bit

    I had to replace a MB on a Win 7 pc; a new key via telephone call to Microsoft & Internet connect, was $40. Win 7 was up & registered again after that.
    Hopefully, that price has not increased.
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  4.    11 Aug 2015 #4
    Join Date : Mar 2015
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    Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by me75006 View Post
    I had to replace a MB on a Win 7 pc; a new key via telephone call to Microsoft & Internet connect, was $40. Win 7 was up & registered again after that.
    Hopefully, that price has not increased.
    What? $40? I've done it multiple times with different versions of Windows and never had to pay a dime.
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  5.    11 Aug 2015 #5
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by fracking4oil View Post
    What? $40? I've done it multiple times with different versions of Windows and never had to pay a dime.
    +1.. I've replaced the motherboard on my current PC and I didn't have to pay anything to reinstall Win8.1. Heck, when I started up the PC after I replaced the motherboard windows just re-configured for the new board and it.. well just worked. And I was using an insider(preview) build at that time.

    Just curious.. who did you pay 40$ to.. was it for a new key??
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  6.    11 Aug 2015 #6
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Window 10 Home 64bit

    It was to microsoft. This was an OEM pc, and when the mb went, so did the key linked to the mb. new mb = new key.
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  7.    11 Aug 2015 #7
    Join Date : May 2015
    Posts : 1,647
    Win 10 X64 Pro 15063

    Quote Originally Posted by Data View Post
    well, it seems that I found some answers to my questions.
    It looks like you can replace lots of hardware and if you get lost, MS will help you with the re-activation. However, this goes as far as the mother board. If you replace the mother board, you lose your operating system and will have to buy one again.
    I hope more info will come out, once people actually have to go through some of these processes.
    In my case, I'll make a decision some time later. not sure yet, if I want to buy win10 within the next 8 month.
    I might wait until I upgraded the mother board on my main computer and then upgrade to win 10
    I believe that while the free upgrade offer exists (1 year from 29 July, 2015), if your qualifying OS (7 or 8) was a retail copy, you could install and activate it on new hardware, and upgrade that to 10 for free,

    Whether MS will ever sell an upgrade version of 10, I don't know.
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