From mobo with chipset LGA 1155 to a mobo LGA 1200 on Windows 10 Pro

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  1. Posts : 68
    Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview
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    From mobo with chipset LGA 1155 to a mobo LGA 1200 on Windows 10 Pro


    Hi guys, a silly but (at least for me), important question:

    I actually have a motherboard ASUS P8H77-M PRO with LGA 1155 chipset and an Intel Core (TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz processor and I have Windows 10 Pro installed on an ssd.

    Now I wanna upgrade the old motherboard with an ASUS PRIME Z490-P with chipset Intel Z490 (LGA 1200) and an Intel Core i5-10400 processor, 10th Gen.

    Is it possible to keep my current Windows 10 Pro installation ?

    I mean, will Windows 10 Pro discover the new motherboard and the new processor upgrading automatically the configuration and the system drivers ?
    May it work ?


    In case you believe not:

    Will I have to do a new installation of Windows 10 Pro BUT over the old one, without formatting the ssd ?

    or

    Will I have to format the ssd and do a new and fresh installation of Windows 10 Pro ?


    Obviously the first option is the fastest, but not the best (formatting is always the best option) but I would like to do a fast and decent job, without going crazy.

    Thanks in advance for your answers and hints.
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  2. Posts : 27,663
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H1
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    Hi 74lobster Welcome to TenForums @74lobster

    Technically you can use your existing SSD and Windows 10 should make the necessary changes to become operational. We have seen this, I have done, Windows itself will likely not activate.

    Is you Pro license a retail or OEM version. Retail you can transfer license so you just use Product key again.

    You will want to watch how you boot, say if old system was set to legacy then you will want to ensure new MB is also set to legacy.


    I prefer clean install but I would not be using V2004 at the moment, rather 1909. When I do clean installs I just delete all partitions and install. Windows creates what it needs and tends to the disk.


    While you can use existing SSD I would recommend strongly that you Image existing install so if things head south you can at lease restore to what was working. Free software available if you don't have.


    Are you currently using an MS id to sign in or a local account. If this is a OEM license by using an MS account you maybe be able to use the activation trouble shooter to activate. I haven't had success with this but other members could know the exact process. This won't be required if Retail version.


    Ken
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  3. Posts : 4,091
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #3

    The main problem would be to activate as you're changing the MB.
    What kind of win 10 license is the one you have (upgrade, OEM, Retail)?

    I would buy a new M.2 MVMe SSD and leave the SSD on the old computer.
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  4. Posts : 68
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    Thread Starter
       #4

    Caledon Ken said:
    Hi 74lobster Welcome to TenForums @74lobster

    Technically you can use your existing SSD and Windows 10 should make the necessary changes to become operational. We have seen this, I have done, Windows itself will likely not activate.

    Is you Pro license a retail or OEM version. Retail you can transfer license so you just use Product key again.

    You will want to watch how you boot, say if old system was set to legacy then you will want to ensure new MB is also set to legacy.


    I prefer clean install but I would not be using V2004 at the moment, rather 1909. When I do clean installs I just delete all partitions and install. Windows creates what it needs and tends to the disk.


    While you can use existing SSD I would recommend strongly that you Image existing install so if things head south you can at lease restore to what was working. Free software available if you don't have.


    Are you currently using an MS id to sign in or a local account. If this is a OEM license by using an MS account you maybe be able to use the activation trouble shooter to activate. I haven't had success with this but other members could know the exact process. This won't be required if Retail version.


    Ken
    Hi, thanks a lot for the answer, how I can discover if mine is Pro license a retail or OEM version ?

    Now I have installed Windows Pro Insider Preview - Build 20161.rs_prerelease.200627-1754


    Thanks in advance.

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    Megahertz said:
    The main problem would be to activate as you're changing the MB.
    What kind of win 10 license is the one you have (upgrade, OEM, Retail)?

    I would buy a new M.2 MVMe SSD and leave the SSD on the old computer.
    Hi, thanks a lot for the answer, how I can discover if mine is Pro license a retail or OEM version ?
    Now I have installed Windows Pro Insider Preview - Build 20161.rs_prerelease.200627-1754
    Thanks in advance.
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  5. Posts : 846
    Windows 10 LTSC
       #5

    go open a cmd window, type "slmgr -dli" without quotes.

    in the "Description:Windows(R) Operating System, " you will see Retail, OEM or Volume.
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  6. Posts : 68
    Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview
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    RoasterMen said:
    go open a cmd window, type "slmgr -dli" without quotes.

    in the "Description:Windows(R) Operating System, " you will see Retail, OEM or Volume.
    My Windows 10 Pro is in setted in italian language, anyway:

    Nome: Windows(R), Professional edition
    Descrizione: Windows(R) Operating System, RETAIL channel
    Codice "Product Key" parziale: XXXXX
    Stato licenza: concesso in licenza


    So seems to be the RETAIL version, is it possible to fix the activation after the change of the mobo and processor ?

    If yes, in which way ?

    Thanks a lot.
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  7. Posts : 17,369
    Windows 11 Pro
       #7

    Where did your current Windows 10 install come from? How did you activate it?
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  8. Posts : 68
    Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview
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       #8

    NavyLCDR said:
    Where did your current Windows 10 install come from? How did you activate it?
    Windows was already installed and activated when I bought my initial PC, an HP machine.
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  9. Posts : 17,369
    Windows 11 Pro
       #9

    74lobster said:
    Windows was already installed and activated when I bought my initial PC, an HP machine.
    Then it is likely OEM. Run Showkey Plus from this forum and it will show you the OEM product key stored in the computer's firmware:
    ShowKeyPlus

    Your installed product key is likely VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T. Showkey plus will also show you the underlying OEM product key that the initial activation came from.

    But I am also wondering how an HP machine came with an Asus motherboard...
    Last edited by NavyLCDR; 11 Jul 2020 at 10:13.
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  10. Posts : 2,508
    Win 11 Pro
       #10

    Just upgraded my desktop recording system machine from a Z170 ASUS to Z390 Gigabyte motherboards (and upgraded CPU).
    I reused the OS disc (actually an SSD) from the old machine. The replacement was named the same and as I sign into Win 10 with a Microsoft account, it allowed me to activate Win 10 on the new machine. My Win 10 pro is a "free" upgrade from Win 8.1 Pro (currently stuck on 1909 and "not ready" for 2004). I was going to do a clean/new install but after evaluation of all the installed recording studio software, I would lose too much that could not be recovered so that was out.
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