Windows 7 License activation with new mainboard/cpu/memory

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  1. Hemimax's Avatar
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    Windows 7 License activation with new mainboard/cpu/memory


    It's been awhile since I did a fresh install so I would appreciate any feedback with the task.
    I have a current W10 digital license linked to my MS account from the original W7 retail copy I bought and did the free upgrade to W10. I have the current W10 USB media downloaded from MS and will be backing up all other relative data and drivers. Going from LGA1366 to LGA1200 which feels like a step back but the new i7 & Z590 will double the speed. The hardware should be easy enough it usually the drivers and software that like to complicate things.

    So my question is at the point of the activation process do you still have the option to proceed or skip it for later? I ask because there appears to be no definitive answer on if it will work without a $200.00US retail copy of W10. Which is not a problem I just would like to find out before I spend the extra $. Bonus, there is a Micro Center in town so I could take it back. Thank you for your consideration.
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  2. Bastet's Avatar
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    If you upgraded to Windows 10 & it was registered to your account then when you install the same version of Windows 10 you should skip entering the Win 7 key.
    You may need to choose ‘I’ve recently changed hardware’ under activation after you log in if it doesn’t.
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  3. Hemimax's Avatar
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    If I understand this Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change (microsoft.com) it will activate after a MB change just may be some troubleshooting involved
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  4. Paul Black's Avatar
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    Hello @Hemimax,

    I thought that I would post this for you for interest and informational purposes . . .

     License Types and Rules

    MS offers Win 10 Licenses in many channels governed by different rules, but for most users, you can only acquire a License through the OEM [ Original Equipment Manufacturer ] or Retail channel.

    An OEM License refers to the License that a manufacturer installs on new devices. If this is your case, the Product Key is NOT transferable, and you can NOT use it to Activate another installation [ unless you are re-activating a new installation on the same computer ].

    A Retail License refers to the License that you acquire when purchasing a copy of Win 10 from your local store or an online retailer [ such as from MS or Amazon for example ]. If you have a Win 10 Retail License, you CAN transfer the Product Key to another computer, as long as you DEACTIVATE the Product Key on the other computer.

    A Volume License is designed for large Businesses, Education, and Government. Usually, a Volume License allows organizations to use one master Product Key to Activate ANY installation of Win 10. Although you can use this License multiple times on different computers, you can NOT transfer it with the device when the system ownership changes, and you are NOT allowed to use the License to Activate devices that are NOT part of the Organization.



    I hope this helps.
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  5. Hemimax's Avatar
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    Thanks @Paul Black
    Everything helps when it comes to MS
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  6. Paul Black's Avatar
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    Hemimax said:
    Thanks @Paul Black
    Everything helps when it comes to MS
    You are VERY welcome.
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  7. Megahertz's Avatar
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    Reset BIOS or load defaults.
    Set Disk mode to AHCI, not RAID
    Select OS mode = UEFI or Select OS mode = other + UEFI (depends on BIOS).
    Disable fast boot and secure boot (you can turn it on after installation)

    Windows can be installed in two ways: Legacy-MBR or UEFI-GPT
    To install as Legacy-MBR you must boot the installation drive as Legacy
    To install as UEFI-GPT you must boot the installation drive as UEFI.

    As you have a new MB, you should install as UEFI-GPT
    Detach any other drives (SATA or Power cable) from the MB.

    During POST, press F12(?) to launch the boot menu. You will see two options for the USB drive. USB UEFI (Name) and USB (Name). Select USB UEFI (Name).
    Go to install and delete ALL partitions on the SSD till you have one and only one unallocated space and then proceed.

    When it comes to insert a Key code, use the original W7 retail key.

    If you don't want to use MS account, don't enable updates or connect to the internet during installation
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  8. Hemimax's Avatar
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    If the W7 key fails and I buy a new W10 OEM or Retail DVD can I install the latest 21H1 version with the USB I created with the MS media download tool? All I should need is the new product key?
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  9. Megahertz's Avatar
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    Hemimax said:
    If the W7 key fails and I buy a new W10 OEM or Retail DVD can I install the latest 21H1 version with the USB I created with the MS media download tool? All I should need is the new product key?
    To activate, all you need is a key. It can be a Win 7 retail key or a Win 10 retail key.
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  10. Hemimax's Avatar
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    I should have said my old W7 key is OEM
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