Upgraded my CPU, Motherboard and RAM and now freezing (no error, no restart, no BSOD, just freezing).

Sorry if I come off brief, I wrote a very eloquent summation of my situation only to discover I had been logged out and my post not saved.

I upgraded from an i5-2500k, ASRock extreme gen3, 12gb DDR3 g.skill 1600 to an i7-6700k, Gigabyte GA-Z170 gaming 3, Ballistix something (Sport?) 16GB DDR 4 2400.

I bought the parts used except the RAM was new. Lightly used I should say, then stored (properly I am led to believe). I saw no sign of mistreatment or ill use on the motherboard and cpu, and I followed all proper procedures when I installed the new parts.

I'm on Windows 10 64 Pro and did not need to reinstall. It discovered the change of components and reconfigured itself. I installed the ethernet drivers and that's it.

I cannot see any error or log messages to direct me in what I can do (I'm not fluent in windows events viewer though) and do appreciate any assistance that can be rendered.

*IF* at all possible, I would like to avoid reinstalling Windows for at least the next 6 months. I am severely OCD and have subsequent anxiety and have aligned my icons, start menu, C: folders, etc. just so and would prefer not to take on the project of reinstallation for this period as I start a new highly demanding job on Monday and need the brainpower to learn it.

I really do appreciate all feedback, and if I do need to reinstall I will but would like to hear if there are other avenues we can explore first.

Thank you very much,
Daniel i.e. GiftigDegen
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  1. I'm sorry, but I would recommend a fresh install of Windows. As you have changed everything, but obviously kept your HDD or SDD, your current copy of Windows on that drive will be invalid. Microsoft considers such large upgrades to be a new computer (which it basically is) and therefore you need a new licence key.

    Now, even if you can just buy a new licence, it would still pay to install a fresh copy of Windows. As your current copy of Windows was configured for your old computer and then had to try and re-configure itself for this new one, there is every chance there is conflicting information that comes up from time to time that's causing it to freeze.
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  2. go to settings. recovery. and use reset this pc.
    it will take about an hour in most cases... some more some less depending on whether you wnt to keep your installed software or not.
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  3. pete_101 said:
    I'm sorry, but I would recommend a fresh install of Windows. As you have changed everything, but obviously kept your HDD or SDD, your current copy of Windows on that drive will be invalid. Microsoft considers such large upgrades to be a new computer (which it basically is) and therefore you need a new licence key.

    Now, even if you can just buy a new licence, it would still pay to install a fresh copy of Windows. As your current copy of Windows was configured for your old computer and then had to try and re-configure itself for this new one, there is every chance there is conflicting information that comes up from time to time that's causing it to freeze.


    You are incorrect. When I booted into windows it said Activate Windows in the bottom right. I went to Settings > Activation > Troubleshoot > I Recently Changed Hardware > Enter my Microsoft Account & password > *Selected my current computer from the licensed copies of Windows 10 under my Microsoft account* .."Please Wait.." ..."Your Windows is now activated!"

    I do not need to purchase a new copy of Windows. Windows 10 now has the ability to detect how much hardware has been changed and then reconfigure itself to the new hardware, then it gives you the option, provided you have the account information, to activate the new hardware as one of your current computers.
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  4. HEXiT said:
    go to settings. recovery. and use reset this pc.
    it will take about an hour in most cases... some more some less depending on whether you wnt to keep your installed software or not.


    If I do this, how much reconfiguration will I have to do?
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  5. giftigdegen said:
    pete_101 said:
    I'm sorry, but I would recommend a fresh install of Windows. As you have changed everything, but obviously kept your HDD or SDD, your current copy of Windows on that drive will be invalid. Microsoft considers such large upgrades to be a new computer (which it basically is) and therefore you need a new licence key.

    Now, even if you can just buy a new licence, it would still pay to install a fresh copy of Windows. As your current copy of Windows was configured for your old computer and then had to try and re-configure itself for this new one, there is every chance there is conflicting information that comes up from time to time that's causing it to freeze.


    You are incorrect. When I booted into windows it said Activate Windows in the bottom right. I went to Settings > Activation > Troubleshoot > I Recently Changed Hardware > Enter my Microsoft Account & password > *Selected my current computer from the licensed copies of Windows 10 under my Microsoft account* .."Please Wait.." ..."Your Windows is now activated!"

    I do not need to purchase a new copy of Windows. Windows 10 now has the ability to detect how much hardware has been changed and then reconfigure itself to the new hardware, then it gives you the option, provided you have the account information, to activate the new hardware as one of your current computers.
    Ok, so you've paid for Windows 10 and not upgraded for free? Anyone who has upgraded (with an i5 2500K, I would've thought you upgraded), it's only for that computer. If you've paid, then yes you may take your licence to a new computer.
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  6. pete_101 said:
    giftigdegen said:
    pete_101 said:
    I'm sorry, but I would recommend a fresh install of Windows. As you have changed everything, but obviously kept your HDD or SDD, your current copy of Windows on that drive will be invalid. Microsoft considers such large upgrades to be a new computer (which it basically is) and therefore you need a new licence key.

    Now, even if you can just buy a new licence, it would still pay to install a fresh copy of Windows. As your current copy of Windows was configured for your old computer and then had to try and re-configure itself for this new one, there is every chance there is conflicting information that comes up from time to time that's causing it to freeze.


    You are incorrect. When I booted into windows it said Activate Windows in the bottom right. I went to Settings > Activation > Troubleshoot > I Recently Changed Hardware > Enter my Microsoft Account & password > *Selected my current computer from the licensed copies of Windows 10 under my Microsoft account* .."Please Wait.." ..."Your Windows is now activated!"

    I do not need to purchase a new copy of Windows. Windows 10 now has the ability to detect how much hardware has been changed and then reconfigure itself to the new hardware, then it gives you the option, provided you have the account information, to activate the new hardware as one of your current computers.
    Ok, so you've paid for Windows 10 and not upgraded for free? Anyone who has upgraded (with an i5 2500K, I would've thought you upgraded), it's only for that computer. If you've paid, then yes you may take your licence to a new computer.



    Yes I bought it so as to have Pro, so I could control updates and such.
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