1.    08 Dec 2016 #1
    Join Date : Mar 2015
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    Win 10 Pro x64

    Is my windows 10 license bound to my windows ID?


    I know this has probably been asked a bunch of times, but I heard they might've changed things.

    Is my windows 10 license bound to my windows ID? So if I build a totally new computer and login will it activate? Or is it bound to my hardware? I'm on the anniversary update.
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  2.    08 Dec 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2016
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    Its bound to the hardware and your id so building a new pc wont ativate as the hardware is different you would have to buy a new copy
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  3.    08 Dec 2016 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuria View Post
    Its bound to the hardware and your id so building a new pc wont ativate as the hardware is different you would have to buy a new copy
    Ahh, that is unfortunate. Thanks
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  4.    08 Dec 2016 #4
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    The thing is, what exactly does MS see as a new PC? If I swap out my motherboard, does MS still think that is my current PC? Do they define anywhere what exactly you're able to swap out?
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  5.    08 Dec 2016 #5
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    Windows 10 pro 64bit

    Quote Originally Posted by bobsagetfullhou View Post
    The thing is, what exactly does MS see as a new PC? If I swap out my motherboard, does MS still think that is my current PC? Do they define anywhere what exactly you're able to swap out?
    New PC is usually considered new motherboard, most of the time changing CPU, HDD/SSD, RAM, GPU etc windows still considers it's same PC.

    At least with older versions there was OEM and retail type licenses retail can be transferred to new pc OEM is bound to that pc.
    After motherboard change or many other changes most likely it will be necessary to activate windows by phone.

    Microsoft account bound windows 10 licenses may be possible to activate after hardware changes.
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  6.    08 Dec 2016 #6
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...troubleshooter

    Click on the last link:
    "You recently made a significant hardware change"

    Might as well get the correct answer straight from the horse's mouth.
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