Windows 10: Upgrade CPU

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  1.    02 Sep 2016 #1

    Upgrade CPU


    Hi
    I wish to upgrade my CPU. Can I upgrade my CPU in Windows 10? If so, how do I do it?
    Thanks
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  2.    02 Sep 2016 #2

    Please clarify.

    You want to swap in a new CPU chip? You wish to replace your whole system? (Some people call the whole PC box the "cpu".)
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  3.    02 Sep 2016 #3

    bobkn said: View Post
    Please clarify.

    You want to swap in a new CPU chip? You wish to replace your whole system? (Some people call the whole PC box the "cpu".)
    +1 on what Bob said ...we need way more information and please fill in your system specs

    KB
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    Windows 10 14590 x64 and Win Insider test builds
       02 Sep 2016 #4

    A x86 CPU processor upgrade is highly dependent on bang for the $$$ ,mainboard wattage,mainboard chipset and drivers ,cooling , CPU socket and BIOS compatibilities and restrictions .

    PC Windows 10 will operate most modern PC X86 CPU processors just fine .

    OTOH sometimes a ram upgrade (and usually an SSD upgrade or both ) can yield better end results depending on the variables ofc.
    A 4 core vs 2 core and so on is a plausible CPU upgrade except when comparing an Intel 2 core Core i3 or 4 core i5 or multicore hyperthreading Intel Core -i7 to an AMD with twice as many inefficient cores where the similar but usually costlier Intel product will almost invariably perform better all around with half the cores on most workloads ..

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  5.    03 Sep 2016 #5

    Kbird said: View Post
    +1 on what Bob said ...we need way more information and please fill in your system specs

    KB
    Ok. Done.
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  6.    03 Sep 2016 #6

    bobkn said: View Post
    Please clarify.

    You want to swap in a new CPU chip? You wish to replace your whole system? (Some people call the whole PC box the "cpu".)
    No. In my country CPU is processor, PC is the set of all the components.
    I want to know just about the processor. Will I have to register first with a Microsoft account, or can I just replace the processor? It's the same chip ( I5 4690 for I3 4160 )
    And I take the opportunity to ask also if I can connect other internal HD to the board just to store files, keeping the original Hard Drive. I read elsewhere that in doing so the license was disabled. Is it true?
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       03 Sep 2016 #7

    According to this link: H81M-P33 | MSI Global | Motherboard - The world leader in motherboard design
    1. You can replace with any 4th generation Intel CPU (processor). Important: the CPU must use LGA 1150 Socket
    2. Yes, you can add extra HD/SSD to a sata port for data.
    3. No, You won't lose activation if adding any additional device(s) except the Mother Board
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  8.    03 Sep 2016 #8

    Ok thanks
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  9.    03 Sep 2016 #9

    According to MSI, the I5-4690 is compatible with the motherboard, although you may have to update the BIOS before swapping it in.

    https://us.msi.com/Motherboard/suppo...ml#support-cpu

    I have no personal experience with it, but I believe that upgrading the processor or the hard disks should not affect activation. If by some chance it does, you ought to be able to activate by telephone.
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    Windows 10 14590 x64 and Win Insider test builds
       07 Sep 2016 #10

    bobkn said: View Post
    According to MSI, the I5-4690 is compatible with the motherboard, although you may have to update the BIOS before swapping it in.

    https://us.msi.com/Motherboard/suppo...ml#support-cpu

    I have no personal experience with it, but I believe that upgrading the processor or the hard disks should not affect activation. If by some chance it does, you ought to be able to activate by telephone.
    OTOH if its an OEM PC manufacturer motherboard you probably can't exceed its maximum OEM CPU options CPU wattage specification due to OEM BIOS whitelisting to protect the mainboard within its limitations ...you should check that against a new CPU in any case even in the same *exact CPU family e.g., Haswell for Haswell or FX for FX etc. ...............don't ask me how I know this

    OTOH if it works and the BIOS is compatible it's plug and play and you're good to go and it won't affect your windows activation. I've done all this more than once on windows 10 and before that
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