New motherboard & HDD, but can't activate Windows10 Home from old HDD.


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    New motherboard & HDD, but can't activate Windows10 Home from old HDD.


    So I upgraded my motherboard & bought a new NVMe HDD. I connected my old HDD as a secondary backup.

    So I signed in with my MS account when I was installing Windows 10 with the Media Creation Tool on the NVMe.
    Did the updates etc... It shows I need to activate Windows.
    I tried all the apps to show the keys; ProductKey, mykeyfinder, showkeyplus etc.. and I even did the .vbs trick all on my secondary HDD which has the activated Windows, as well as on my new HDD. Nothing.
    My copy of Windows 10 might have been upgraded from Windows 7,as I keep getting that generic Product Key code on some of the key finder apps (YTMG3-N6DKC-DKB77-7M9GH-8HVX7), but it doesn't work when I enter it.

    I learned with Windows, if you run into a problem that can't be fixed within a few minutes, just give up!
    So I saw this installation video talking about cheap keys for $15 that are legitimate & legal.
    YouTube

    Basically, can I buy this & will this work to activate Windows 10 Home?
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM CD KEY GLOBAL, Buy Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM CD KEY GLOBAL in Urcdkeys

    They also sell a more expensive one for $38
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home Retail CD KEY GLOBAL, Buy Microsoft Windows 10 Home Retail CD KEY GLOBAL in Urcdkeys

    Which should I get. Would the OEM version limit me in any way?
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  2. Posts : 1
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    Did you upgrade your version Windows 10 from Win 7-8?
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    Changing the drive shouldn't be a problem but changing the motherboard is. If the previous OS was Win8/8.1 then the embedded key went where the previous board went. If it was Win7 there usually was a COA/Certificate of Authenticity sticker on the case somewhere with the Product Key that could be used for the activation process. If none of that works it usually is necessary to call Microsoft because of the board change, made it a new computer in Microsoft's eyes.
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    sappiman said:
    Did you upgrade your version Windows 10 from Win 7-8?
    That years ago. I don't have the slightest memory, but I think it was a Windows 7 to 10 upgrade.

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    Any cons to the urcdkeys OEM Global product key buy, outside spending $15 on a product I already own?
    Any downsides to that specific version, it's not going to gimp me in any way for using WIndows?

    I want to get rid of the 'Activate Windows' watermark before it burns in my panel.
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    I WANT MY GIFS said:
    That years ago. I don't have the slightest memory, but I think it was a Windows 7 to 10 upgrade.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Any cons to the urcdkeys OEM Global product key buy, outside spending $15 on a product I already own?
    Any downsides to that specific version, it's not going to gimp me in any way for using WIndows?

    I want to get rid of the 'Activate Windows' watermark before it burns in my panel.
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/howtotell/shop.aspx

    With the exception of Product Key Cards (PKC’s) distributed with COA’s, Microsoft does not distribute products keys as standalone products. If you see a listing on an auction site, online classified ad, or other online page advertising product keys for sale, it’s a good indication that the keys are likely stolen or counterfeit. If you were to purchase and use a stolen or counterfeit product key to activate Windows installed on your PC, the key may not work for activation, may already be in use on another PC, or it might be blocked from use later by Microsoft when the key is reported stolen. The best way to get everything you expect up front is to buy genuine Microsoft software preinstalled on a new PC or genuine Microsoft software from an authorized reseller.
    Futhermore, OEM keys are not legal for personal use.

    Ultimately you take the chance - we do not support illegally obtained licences here.
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  7. Posts : 7,128
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    If you find out that you have to buy a new copy of Windows 10, I would only buy from a reputable dealer or direct from MS. I wouldn't trust any sites like the one you posted. If you do buy Windows 10 and you have it already installed you only need to enter the key you get with your purchase.
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    I WANT MY GIFS said:
    I saw this installation video talking about cheap keys for $15 that are legitimate & legal.
    Just confirming what other members have already posted: a Windows 10 Product Key bought with $15 is NEVER, ABSOLUTELY NEVER legitimate & legal.

    Kari
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