Windows 10: Switching motherboards with Windows 10 UEFI installation

  1.    23 Aug 2015 #1

    Switching motherboards with Windows 10 UEFI installation


    Hello all, I didn't really know where to post this besides here. I currently plan on doing a clean install on a new ssd of Windows 10. My current mobo is a ASUS P8z68-V which has UEFI so I plan on doing a UEFI installation of Windows 10. However, I plan on getting a new processor and motherboard sometime in the future, so would I have to do a reinstall of Windows 10 when I get my new motherboard, or could I expect it to boot up normally as would a traditional BIOS system would work? Thanks for reading!
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  2.    23 Aug 2015 #2

    Some backup software is geared toward restoring an image on different hardware. You may get by without it, but know that it's there. I never did this, however, and I would still worry about the differences between hardware.
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
       23 Aug 2015 #3

    rvynecim said: View Post
    My current mobo is a ASUS P8z68-V which has UEFI so I plan on doing a UEFI installation of Windows 10. However, I plan on getting a new processor and motherboard sometime in the future, so would I have to do a reinstall of Windows 10 when I get my new motherboard, or could I expect it to boot up normally as would a traditional BIOS system would work? Thanks for reading!
    Hi and welcome to the forum

    Unless you currently have a 'standalone' license for Win10, you would have to purchase a second license of Win10 to complete the extensive hardware upgrade. This is because re-activation of Win10 would most likely fail if you try and use the original license. Having said that, it would still boot up normally whether or not it has successfully activated, though an Win10 OS that is not activated would not have full functionality
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       23 Aug 2015 #4

    If you take your current Windows OS Drive and put in another PC with New MB. It will definitely boot up without any problem, It will bring back to the point where it says: Getting Your Devices Ready, meaning it will re-install all the drivers needed. However, it will not activate your Windows OS with new MB. Been there, done that many times.
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  5.    23 Aug 2015 #5

    Thanks for the replies everyone!
    As many of you have pointed out, I would need a second Windows key, and I have that prepared already
    My main concern that swapping mobos under UEFI would behave differently from what I'm used to in BIOS. But apparently, that not an issue as you guys have said.
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