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  1.    17 Sep 2017 #1
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    New motherboard & Processor


    I have Windows 10 Home Anniversary update. I installed this OS by a free upgrade from Windows 7. I want to take the hard drive and put it in another tower that has a different motherboard, memory, and processor. What will I have to do to make sure the OS stays activated?
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  2.    17 Sep 2017 #2
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    I believe you will need to buy a new key for the new system.
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  3.    17 Sep 2017 #3
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    Forever West
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint

    Or maybe it will work [has for me a couple of times] to log into your Microsoft Account while online and check the Activation. And it probably will help to check Device Manager to assure all the necessary drivers are installed.
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  4.    18 Sep 2017 #4
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    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)

    Quote Originally Posted by simrick View Post
    I believe you will need to buy a new key for the new system.
    Doesn't it depend on the licence T&C of the original Windows 7 installation? I thought if you originally bought a full retail version of Windows 7/8 then you can transfer that licence to another PC?
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  5.    18 Sep 2017 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnielee09 View Post
    I have Windows 10 Home Anniversary update. I installed this OS by a free upgrade from Windows 7. I want to take the hard drive and put it in another tower that has a different motherboard, memory, and processor. What will I have to do to make sure the OS stays activated?
    Use Activation Troubleshooter in Windows 10 Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
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  6.    18 Sep 2017 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by simrick View Post
    I believe you will need to buy a new key for the new system.
    Hi S,

    Actually, it is not necessary.

    Use Activation Troubleshooter in Windows 10 Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

    cheers

    M.
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  7.    18 Sep 2017 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by cereberus View Post
    Yes, but it looks to me like he has a HP OEM Home Premium W7 key to begin with.
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  8.    18 Sep 2017 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by simrick View Post
    Yes, but it looks to me like he has a HP OEM Home Premium W7 key to begin with.
    That doesn't matter.

    Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change

    What does matter is that the activation page says this:
    Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account
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  9.    18 Sep 2017 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    That doesn't matter.

    Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change

    What does matter is that the activation page says this:
    Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account
    It is interesting that after all this time MS have still never modified the EULA to reflect fact the activation troubleshooter works regardless if original licence was oem or not.

    I am 99% certain that MS cannot tell history of digital licence.

    I had an old laptop which came with W8 preinstalled, and I upgraded at some point to AU version, and mobo died. I installed Home on a laptop that had Vista, and the digital licence transferred fine!

    So am I in breach of EULA - technically I an sure yes, but MS introduced the tool that allows digital transfers, so I do not see how they could prosecute any individual for violating EULA when they introduced the very tool that permits one to do just that.

    In the end, Windows licensing is full of inconsistencies.
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  10.    18 Sep 2017 #10
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    And here is my most recent experience, @cereberus. I replaced my MSI motherboard with an Asus motherboard. I am dual booting Windows 10 and Windows 7. I kept the same SSD and HDD that have Windows 10 on the SSD and Windows 7 on the HDD. I did the sysprep with generalize on the Windows 7. I booted into Windows 7, ran the command SLUI 4 to bring up the phone activation window, then activated Windows 7 on the new system, no issues (retail license). Then I booted into Windows 10 Pro. It went through the process of configuring for the new hardware. I expected I would have to transfer my digital license from the old "computer" (motherboard) to the new "computer". But.... nope..... It automatically came up with "Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account"! Did not have to do anything manually for the "transfer?" of the Windows 10 license.
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