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  • I have an old machine which I recently upgraded from win7 to win 10 under the free upgrade.

    I want to do a top to bottom upgrade soon - new MB,CPU,memory, PS - retaining case, SSD, HD DVD

    I know Windows wont like that- -I know you can transfer an activation- but will you be able to transfer an activation which was a Win7->Win10 activation??

    Hope this was the right forum

    Steve

    Monday, July 25, 2016 5:14 PM

Answers

  • You might be able to activate by contacting Microsoft support after doing a clean install. See:

    http://www.howtogeek.com/226510/how-to-use-your-free-windows-10-license-after-changing-your-pc%E2%80%99s-hardware/

    It might require that the original Windows 7/8.1 license was a retail copy as opposed to an OEM.

    Jerry

    Monday, July 25, 2016 8:25 PM
  • Hi Steve,

    Here is the QA for Windows 10 activation, you can refer to:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12440/windows-10-activation

    If your question has been answered, please mark the helpful post as answer to close this thread, also it will be helpful for the other communities who may has similar question as yours.


    Please mark the reply as an answer if you find it is helpful.

    If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com

    Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:02 PM

All replies

  • New mobo=New computer=New license.

    You cannot transfer from one mobo to another. 

    In order to determine the actual state Windows is in, run this command in an elevated command prompt and then paste the contents of report.txt in your reply:  report.txt should  be on your desktop.


    Licensingdiag.exe -report %userprofile%\desktop\report.txt -log %userprofile%\desktop\repfiles.cab


    Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag Windows IT-PRO (MS-MVP)

    Monday, July 25, 2016 5:42 PM
  • So getting the state that windows is in determines what? So are you saying that at anytime when someone changes a motherboard that upgraded from win 7 or 8 that their key is invalid and will have to buy a new copy? What about the 29th of July deadline? If someone changes mb after July 29th then what happens or what happens anytime up to the 29th, is it the same outcome? 
    Monday, July 25, 2016 7:48 PM
  • You might be able to activate by contacting Microsoft support after doing a clean install. See:

    http://www.howtogeek.com/226510/how-to-use-your-free-windows-10-license-after-changing-your-pc%E2%80%99s-hardware/

    It might require that the original Windows 7/8.1 license was a retail copy as opposed to an OEM.

    Jerry

    Monday, July 25, 2016 8:25 PM
  • Thank you - that Howto geekarticle is Very Helpful- Dont know all the answers as to how Micrsoft will handle this, but they have been reasonably generous in the past- This does give me a way of approaching things

    Thanks again

    Steve

    Monday, July 25, 2016 9:09 PM
  • Hi Steve,

    Here is the QA for Windows 10 activation, you can refer to:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12440/windows-10-activation

    If your question has been answered, please mark the helpful post as answer to close this thread, also it will be helpful for the other communities who may has similar question as yours.


    Please mark the reply as an answer if you find it is helpful.

    If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com

    Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:02 PM