test of mobo - will this ruin my win10 activation?


  1. Posts : 481
    Windows 10 Pro
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    test of mobo - will this ruin my win10 activation?


    Hello!
    My story is this. I had a Gigabyte-mobo that "died" some time ago, and as it was only 2 month old, I send it to RMA. In the meantime Microsoft was giving Windows 10 away, so I did not want to wait weeks before I could join Windows 10. I therefore got me another mobo (this time an ASUS). I installed my Windows 8.1 Pro, upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, it is activated and running well.

    Now I have got the Gigabyte-mobo back from RMA. What will happen to my activated Windows 10, if I put my CPU, RAM aso., on this mobo to test if it is working? Well, it might not activate, but after failing this, how about when I reinsert the ASUS-mobo? Will it then activate again?

    How do I test this Gigabyte-mobo? I really don't trust them, as they say they have "repared" the mobo. What to repair on a mobo?? Change the battery? So before putting it on sale, I want to be sure it is in good condition as they told me.
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  2. Posts : 17,356
    Windows 11 Pro
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    If you don't have a second hard drive to use with the repaired motherboard, I would make an image of your current hard drive as a backup. If you just put the existing Windows 10 hard drive on the new motherboard, first Windows 10 will deactivate. But, more importantly, Windows 10 is going to have a batch of new hardware to install drivers for. When you go back to your ASUS motherboard, Windows 10 will probably activate itself again - but more importantly, it's going to have to go back to the previous drivers. I just think that switching those hardware drivers back and forth - without it being during the install of the operating system - is a recipe for disaster.

    What about using a live version of Linux running from DVD or a USB drive to test the repaired motherboard and never put your hard drive on it?
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  3. Posts : 481
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
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    What about using a live version of Linux running from DVD or a USB drive to test the repaired motherboard and never put your hard drive on it?
    That sounds like a good idea, but I know absolutely nothing about linux. First question is, where do I download a linux that can be run from an USB-stick? second question, how do I make a bootable USB-stick with linux on it?
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    Windows 11 Pro
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