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  1.    30 Jul 2015 #21
    Join Date : Jan 2014
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    Windows 10 Pro (32-bit) 16299.15

    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    The only thing that triggers a new activation is replacing the motherboard. In that case, it's treated as transferring to a new PC. You must install Windows 7/8.1 then upgrade again.
    If you need a new motherboard after 28 July 2016, presumably Microsoft are assuming your OEM could help with the Windows 10 licence, which I think is part of the reason for the statement of Windows 10 upgrades being valid for the 'supported lifetime of the device', where 'supported' means (I think) OEM support.
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  2.    30 Jul 2015 #22
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Posts : 104
    Windows 7 and 8
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for all the input everyone. I have since updated W10 Pro over Win7 Ult 64bit. And it did give the option of installing the upgrade without saving any settings or installed programs which is kinda like a clean install.

    One worrying feature is I cannot find an option to not install updates automatically.
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  3.    30 Jul 2015 #23
    Join Date : Sep 2014
    Nashville, TN
    Posts : 3,143
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    Thanks for all the input everyone. I have since updated W10 Pro over Win7 Ult 64bit. And it did give the option of installing the upgrade without saving any settings or installed programs which is kinda like a clean install.

    One worrying feature is I cannot find an option to not install updates automatically.
    Not been paying much attention lately, have you?
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  4.    30 Jul 2015 #24
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    United States
    Posts : 165
    Windows 10 Home x64

    Although, MS has been pretty understanding if you need to replace your motherboard due to a "malfunction," lol. But no seriously, if your motherboard craps out... you're supposed to replace it with exactly the same motherboard (if you can) or one very close to it.

    If it's so outdated that you can't, MS has been pretty understanding, that it's not an entirely "new" computer and may let you activate it on such a hardware change.

    However, I thought the OEM/motherboard thing was binned with Windows 8?
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