Trying to keep current copy of Windows after CPU and motherboard upgrade
Right now I have a system with a Pentium G4400 and a gigabyte H110M-A motherboard and I want to upgrade to a Ryzen 5 1500X and a MSI - B350M GAMING PRO Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard but I want to keep the rest of my components the same. That includes my OEM copy of Windows for which I still have the key. Can I upgrade my system and still keep the same copy of Windows 10 Ho me?
CountMike said:If it's retail version, no problem although most probably you'll have to reinstall Windows.
I am using an OEM copy that I bought when I built my original system and not a retail key. However I still have the activation key for it. Reinstalling Windows is not a problem for me but will I be able to use the same key?
Further adding to CountMike's response, you might want to peruse the following links & info re reactivating Win 10 after a hardware change in the system...
So far we have found Microsoft to take a "liberal" stance in reactivating a Win 10 system after a hardware change in the same PC even when an Win 10 OEM ("System Builders") installation media had been used to install the OS.
Linking Microsoft account with the digital license...
1. Windows key + I (opens Settings)
2. Update & security
4. Add an account
5. Enter your Microsoft account credentials, and click Sign-in. If the local account isn't connected to a Microsoft account, you'll also need to enter the password for the local account.
Once you completed the process, you will see the "Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account" message in the Activation page, indicating that the linked was successfully processed.
If you have already used an MSA while upgrading to Windows 10, your account and digital license will connect automatically, and you'll see the same "Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account" message. In which case, you can skip the previous steps, and jump to the instructions below.
(See above link for more details re this process...)
I'm on my third MB with same W10 and all insider builds but it was an upgrade from W7 Ultimate Retail. Had no problems with getting Digital license. While retail license is guaranteed to let you change MBs (they are only ones that matter), results with OEM are neither here or there. In theory, OEM licenses are sold only to computer manufacturers and not to general public so MS is reluctant to help because that's the job for manufacturer.