1. Joined : Sep 2015
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    SJMaye
       14 Sep 2015 #1

    Install new motherboard- Install before or after Win10 upgrade?


    I have an HTPC on Windows 7 that I want to upgrade to Windows 10. I want to change the motherboard to an mini-ITX format. Should I install Windows 10 before or after changing out the motherboard? Trying to avoid a hangup.
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  2. Joined : Jul 2015
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       14 Sep 2015 #2

    Personally I would do it first that way any hitches would be sorted out with the windows I had on the hard drive
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  3. Joined : Jul 2014
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       14 Sep 2015 #3

    SJMaye said: View Post
    I have an HTPC on Windows 7 that I want to upgrade to Windows 10. I want to change the motherboard to an mini-ITX format. Should I install Windows 10 before or after changing out the motherboard? Trying to avoid a hangup.
    License is tied up to MB, so better install after the change. It's also likely that you would have to reinstall anyway.
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  4.    14 Sep 2015 #4

    hTconeM9user said: View Post
    Personally I would do it first that way any hitches would be sorted out with the windows I had on the hard drive
    You should upgrade the computer mobo with Win7 before you upgrade Win7 to Win10. If you upgrade to Win 10 first, when you change the mobo, your Win10 will not activate and you will have to buy a new copy of Win10. Win 10 is only free on the computer you upgrade a previous version. Changing the mobo is equivalent to a new computer and you will need a new licence.

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  5. Joined : Dec 2013
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       14 Sep 2015 #5

    Is the current Windows 7 install OEM or Retail?
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  6. Joined : Sep 2015
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    SJMaye
       14 Sep 2015 #6

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    Is the current Windows 7 install OEM or Retail?
    It is the retail Family Pack of Windows 7 Home upgrade.

    Thanks for all the replies. Sounds like I will go ahead with the MB swap before upgrading to Win10.
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  7. Joined : Dec 2013
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       14 Sep 2015 #7

    SJMaye said: View Post
    It is the retail Family Pack of Windows 7 Home upgrade.

    Thanks for all the replies. Sounds like I will go ahead with the MB swap before upgrading to Win10.
    Ok, being Retail, that makes life easier. Yeah, I'd swap motherboards first. Then do the phone activation, if needed. Then do the free upgrade to 10. I'd want the Windows 10 activation tied directly to the new motherboard.
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  8. Joined : Sep 2015
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    SJMaye
       14 Sep 2015 #8

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    I'd want the Windows 10 activation tied directly to the new motherboard.
    Good point. Thx.
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  9. Joined : Nov 2014
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    Win 8.1 and Win 10
       14 Sep 2015 #9

    I did exactly this. I changed the mobo on a win 8.1 system, activated it over the internet and then upgraded to win 10. Windows 10 was automatically activated.
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