New Mobo means new copy of Windows?

  1.    28 Dec 2016 #1

    New Mobo means new copy of Windows?

    I recently had to replace my motherboard and I was wondering if I had to get a new copy of Windows. Microsoft considers a new motherboard to be a new computer therefore would I absolutely have to buy a new copy of windows? Is there any ways around this? I've already blown almost $100 fixing my PC and I don't wanna spend anymore.

    My old Mobo died so I'm not able to access the OS unless I plug the HDD into another PC, since my new Mobo is already installed.
    Also worth noting, my main concern is that the PC won't be able to boot properly since the old drivers from the old Mobo are the only things on the HDD, therefore I wouldn't be able to use the troubleshooter, etc.

    Windows 10
    Last edited by rahuulem1; 28 Dec 2016 at 10:53.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    28 Dec 2016 #2

    Microsoft - Using the Activation troubleshooter

    The last link in the list: "You recently made a significant hardware change"


    Microsoft - Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    28 Dec 2016 #3

    Thank you for the reply. I made an edit to the post, I wasn't specific enough earlier. Sorry about that
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    28 Dec 2016 #4

    rahuulem1 said: View Post
    Thank you for the reply. I made an edit to the post, I wasn't specific enough earlier. Sorry about that
    Just connect your HDD to the new motherboard. Windows 10 will update the drivers just fine, it is very tolerant of being moved to a new computer. You will just have to manually activate Windows either with the Activation Troubleshooter or by calling Microsoft.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    28 Dec 2016 #5

    Okay thank you for the second quick reply! I'll update if anything goes wrong
      My ComputerSystem Spec


Related Threads
Hi Guys, Does anyone know where I can find a list of the icons and what each icon represents or means? For example, the following is used for "This PC" 88560 This PC I would like to do some customisation but so far I can only...
I have no idea what it means. :s in BSOD Crashes and Debugging
I hope I attached the file correctly... Thank you for any help you can give. >_< When I'm playing some games the screen will freeze and colored speckles cover the screen. The game freezes and the only way I can use the cursor is if I press the...
I've tried opening settings from control panel and my start button will not open, (i'm aware many people have posted threads about this but none have helped me so far) everything in my taskbar has dissapeared when i restarted from fixing drive...
Sorry, PC vendors: The free Windows 10 upgrade means users won't be buying new PCs | PCWorld
Does COOLER CPU means BETTER performance? in PC Custom Builds and Overclocking
Maybe some of you have seen this video but for those who hasn't, this will finally answer the question in your mind. Benchmark tests between high-end cooler and stock cooler.;
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 15:08.
Find Us