1. rocketboy's Avatar
    Just free upgraded my desktop to Windows 10. I'd like to do a clean re-install.
    My Win10 copy says it's activated.

    Question: I want to install a new SSD as my OS drive to replace my HDD as part of the re-install. Will I have problems with the license not recognizing my machine because my hardware changed?
    08-15-2015 07:41 AM
  2. mjperry51's Avatar
    Just free upgraded my desktop to Windows 10. I'd like to do a clean re-install.
    My Win10 copy says it's activated.

    Question: I want to install a new SSD as my OS drive to replace my HDD as part of the re-install. Will I have problems with the license not recognizing my machine because my hardware changed?
    I did just this -- activated with no problem. . .

    Not a guarantee!!! I believe the license allows for some system changes - hard drive, memory upgrade, video card etc. Don't know about motherboard/processor. . .
    08-15-2015 09:05 AM
  3. rocketboy's Avatar
    Thanks! I did some digging around and for past Windows versions it was related to whether your license was an OEM copy (which was not transferable to a different motherboard). Problem is I don't recall if when I bought Windows 8 Pro whether it was an upgrade to a Windows 7 OEM or whether it was a new license (the $40 thing). Either way it sounds like if I'm not changing the MOBO then that won't pop up and good to hear someone swapped drives without issues.
    08-15-2015 09:31 AM
  4. arjan wolthuis's Avatar
    I upgraded RAM GPU CPU these hardware changes didn't give a problem. But when My motherboard crashed and replaced windows wouldn't start anymore and need to be reinstalled,
    08-15-2015 10:00 AM
  5. rocketboy's Avatar
    Success!
    Added a new 500GB SSD and reinstalled from DVD. Just skip entering a product key whenever the prompt appears and eventually when Windows was set up the license remained activated.
    08-15-2015 10:49 PM
  6. jeffmparker's Avatar
    Excellent. Glad it worked. I want to do something similar, but also change from 32 bit to 64 bit in the process. Did you set up a dual boot? I'll probably want to switch between the two for a while to check settings, etc. as part of the change-over. Does anyone know if you can have two installations of Win 10 on the one PC?
    08-16-2015 12:17 AM
  7. rocketboy's Avatar
    I did not set up a dual boot because my long history of setting up dual boots shows that I rarely actually boot into the old OS.
    08-16-2015 07:56 AM

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