Windows 10: Windows 10 Activation

  1.    20 Nov 2015 #1

    Windows 10 Activation


    Hi All

    Just recently I replaced the motherboard on my HP Probook 6555b laptop and had a concern that Windows would not activate and to my surprise it did without me having to enter any license key.
    Reading various articles about Win 10 activation and adding new hardware I would have assumed that because it was a new motherboard I would have issues with activation, but this wasn't the case.
    So it would appear that Win 10 activation is not tied to the motherboard so how was I able to activate without any issue?
    Not that I'm complaining as I'm quite surprised that it worked just curious if anybody could through any light on it

    Cheers
    Ged
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  2. sn00ker's Avatar
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       20 Nov 2015 #2

    Time will tell whether you stay activated. If you changed a motherboard and are not using a retail windows 7/8/8.1 version then you shouldn't of been activated
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       20 Nov 2015 #3

    gedstar said: View Post
    Hi All

    Just recently I replaced the motherboard on my HP Probook 6555b laptop and had a concern that Windows would not activate and to my surprise it did without me having to enter any license key.
    Reading various articles about Win 10 activation and adding new hardware I would have assumed that because it was a new motherboard I would have issues with activation, but this wasn't the case.
    So it would appear that Win 10 activation is not tied to the motherboard so how was I able to activate without any issue?
    Not that I'm complaining as I'm quite surprised that it worked just curious if anybody could through any light on it

    Cheers
    Ged

    If that new motherboard came from HP as an exact replacement the identification of it may be in the Microsoft database and was recognized.
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  4.    21 Nov 2015 #4

    Berton said: View Post
    If that new motherboard came from HP as an exact replacement ,,,.
    It probably has a Windows 8 product key stored in bios, which can be shown by running Showkey from this forum:
    Solved Showkey - Windows 10 Forums

    Windows build 10586 will activate based upon Windows 7/8/8.1 product keys either provided by the user or stored in bios (Windows 8).
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  5.    21 Nov 2015 #5

    Well it's been 5 days now and still activated and no it didn't have a Windows 8 key in the bios, the laptop had originally Windows 7 installed, fresh install of Windows 8 when if was going cheap and then upgraded to Windows 10.
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  6.    21 Nov 2015 #6

    fresh install of Windows 8 when if was going cheap
    going cheap = Retail Windows license ( ie Transferable license)
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  7. sn00ker's Avatar
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    10 pro 64 clean install
       22 Nov 2015 #7

    Kyhi said: View Post
    going cheap = Retail Windows license ( ie Transferable license)
    Exactly, I have 3 of them and you're right with transferable license .
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