New chipset requires rebuying of Windows 10?
I was planning on upgrading my PC, by changing the motherboard, CPU and RAM. I have never switched chipset before and my friend told me i may have to rebuy windows, but he said he is not 100% sure. is there a way i can tell if i would have to rebuy windows or not?
If you have windows 10, you DO NOT have to buy another license. They introduce Windows digital entitlement. More information can be read here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change
Without more info, ya put us in the position of trying to give a single for a multiple of OS's and a multitude of MoBo options. Knowing the OS as well as the old / new MoBo would allow a more specific answer.
a) With Win 10, the answer depends on whether Windows was a separate item on your invoice. If the invoice for your purchase reads
1. Whoppdedoo 3000 Super Duper PC ...... $1599,
then the license is not transferable.
2. Whoppdedoo 3000 Super Duper PC ...... $1519,
Total ............................................................. $1599
Then the license is transferable.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Useterms/Retail/Windows/10/UseTerms_Retail_Windows_10_English.htmQuote:4. Transfer. The provisions of this section do not apply if you acquired the software as a consumer in Germany or in any of the countries listed on this site (aka.ms/transfer), in which case any transfer of the software to a third party, and the right to use it, must comply with applicable law.
a. Software preinstalled on device. If you acquired the software preinstalled on a device (and also if you upgraded from software preinstalled on a device), you may transfer the license to use the software directly to another user, only with the licensed device. The transfer must include the software and, if provided with the device, an authentic Windows label including the product key. Before any permitted transfer, the other party must agree that this agreement applies to the transfer and use of the software.
b. Stand-alone software. If you acquired the software as stand-alone software (and also if you upgraded from software you acquired as stand-alone software), you may transfer the software to another device that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software to a device owned by someone else if (i) you are the first licensed user of the software and (ii) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. You may use the backup copy we allow you to make or the media that the software came on to transfer the software. Every time you transfer the software to a new device, you must remove the software from the prior device. You may not transfer the software to share licenses between devices.
With Win 7, retail copies may be transferred anywhere. Windows 7 OEM copies are tied to the original hardware. However, there is a caveat ... I have done 3 rebuilds where users over tightened their cooler on Win 7 OEM boxes. In 2 cases this involved a new CPU also as the MoBos for the older CPus were no longer available. I went from a 1156 MoBo to an 1155 MoBo using the same Motherboard manufacturer and the replacement was in the same price range.
The activation process went thru w/o a hitch. The activation process checks the hardware chnages and as long as the number of changes is less then MS's set number, it lets the activation go thru