Windows 10: Replacing MB - what do I need to do to reinstall Win10 Solved

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  1.    01 Jul 2017 #1

    Replacing MB - what do I need to do to reinstall Win10


    I have a bad MB. I can boot up to BIOS menu screen but can't do anything in BIOS or start Windows. The MB has been acting up for a while - so I'm going to replace it now (should have replacement here any day).
    I will be reusing the CPU, Memory, video card, HDs, etc.

    Is there anything I should do now to get ready? I have Win10 x64 on a USB stick.

    Will I be able to reinstall and then activate the license (even if I need to use the phone activation)?
    Should I anticipate any problems activating since I will be using a different MB?
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  2.    01 Jul 2017 #2

    Probably all the questions you can ask about licenses are addressed here:
    Need Clarification on Windows 10 Digital Licence... - Windows 10 Forums

    I suggest you see the tutorial references first.
    Please advise if you can think of more. Thanks.

    Note: I guess you're aware it's not actually essential to do a clean install...
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  4.    01 Jul 2017 #4

    Cliff S said: View Post
    Thanks for the link - but I'm not sure if I ever activated the "digital license". And right now I can't get into Windows OS to see (or do) the digital activation. Maybe I can reset BIOS (pull battery and jumper something I think) and then get access to computer.

    EDIT: I forgot to add - this is/was a retail license. All my computers are home built. Although the upgrade to Win10 was via the free MS upgrade from my retail Win7
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  5.    01 Jul 2017 #5

    dalchina said: View Post
    Probably all the questions you can ask about licenses are addressed here:
    Need Clarification on Windows 10 Digital Licence... - Windows 10 Forums

    I suggest you see the tutorial references first.
    Please advise if you can think of more. Thanks.

    Note: I guess you're aware it's not actually essential to do a clean install...
    Thanks - I'll look those links in the "thread you posted". But from what I've seen looking at those threads, they epect me to do something from within Windows - but I can't start windows.

    Regarding not needing to do a clean install - I am switching from an ITX ASROCk H67 MB to a mini-ATX GIGABYTE Z68. Its the only one I could find with LGA1155 socket.
    So won't I need to do a clean install to get the correct drivers loaded?
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       01 Jul 2017 #6

    CountryBumkin said: View Post
    Thanks for the link - but I'm not sure if I ever activated the "digital license". And right now I can't get into Windows OS to see (or do) the digital activation. Maybe I can reset BIOS (pull battery and jumper something I think) and then get access to computer.

    EDIT: I forgot to add - this is/was a retail license. All my computers are home built. Although the upgrade to Win10 was via the free MS upgrade from my retail Win7
    A small screwdriver tip across the jumper pins has always worked for me
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  7.    02 Jul 2017 #7

    So won't I need to do a clean install to get the correct drivers loaded?
    Here's a guide to the hardware aspects:
    Upgrade Your Motherboard the Easy Way | PCWorld

    Some people reportedly have success without preparing Windows first- simply do the physical change and reboot. This is the quick an 'dirty' way.

    This is the better way:
    Prepare Windows for a New CPU or motherboard - Spiceworks

    Commentary here:
    Can I change motherboard and processor without a full re-install of windows? - Quora

    Then there is yet another way. Use a disk imaging program such as Macrium Reflect and
    'restore to dissimilar hardware'.
    Restoring to dissimilar hardware - What is Macrium Redeploy? (ReDeploy)

    Easeus provides a similar tool:
    Todo Backup Restore to Dissimilar Hardware - EaseUS

    Aomei (Chinese) also does:
    Restore A System Image Backup to Computer with Dissimilar Hardware
    That may be more appropriate for you as you can't boot Windows.

    Note, however, that if you currently use legacy BIOS and MBR, you might wish to move to UEFI + GPT, assuming your BIOS supports UEFI.
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  •    02 Jul 2017 #8

    dalchina said: View Post
    Here's a guide to the hardware aspects:
    Upgrade Your Motherboard the Easy Way | PCWorld

    Some people reportedly have success without preparing Windows first- simply do the physical change and reboot. This is the quick an 'dirty' way.

    This is the better way:
    Prepare Windows for a New CPU or motherboard - Spiceworks

    Commentary here:
    Can I change motherboard and processor without a full re-install of windows? - Quora

    Then there is yet another way. Use a disk imaging program such as Macrium Reflect and
    'restore to dissimilar hardware'.
    Restoring to dissimilar hardware - What is Macrium Redeploy? (ReDeploy)

    Easeus provides a similar tool:
    Todo Backup Restore to Dissimilar Hardware - EaseUS

    Aomei (Chinese) also does:
    Restore A System Image Backup to Computer with Dissimilar Hardware
    That may be more appropriate for you as you can't boot Windows.

    Note, however, that if you currently use legacy BIOS and MBR, you might wish to move to UEFI + GPT, assuming your BIOS supports UEFI.
    Changing from mbr to UEFI is easy now. There is a tutorial how to do it.
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  •    02 Jul 2017 #9

    Noted your spec says you are using
    Win 10 preview 10074 - is that correct?

    @cereberus is probably referring to this:
    Convert Windows 10 from Legacy BIOS to UEFI without Data Loss Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

    but note it applies to a Creator's build onwards.
    Starting in Windows 10 version 1703 build 15063, you can use the MBR2GPT.EXE command line tool to convert a disk from Master Boot Record (MBR) (used in Legacy BIOS) to GUID Partition Table (GPT) (used in UEFI) without having to clean install Windows 10 or modifying or deleting data on the disk.
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  •    02 Jul 2017 #10

    dalchina said: View Post
    Noted your spec says you are using
    Win 10 preview 10074 - is that correct?

    @cereberus is probably referring to this:
    Convert Windows 10 from Legacy BIOS to UEFI without Data Loss Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

    but note it applies to a Creator's build onwards.
    If you do it from a bootable cu installation disk, it will convert older versions.
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