Do I have to buy a new copy of W10 even if I use my older Drives?

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Hello, I want to build a new Gaming PC, by using some of my components of my older PC (PSU, GPU, HDD and SSD), so I will have to buy a new Motherboard, RAM, Case and a CPU. Will I need to buy a new copy of Windows 10 also? Even if I use my older drives on the new parts?

Thank you in advance.

PS: my apologies, I don't know which category I need to select for this subject.
 

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The license and the actual running are two different things.
You may have to do a full reinstall.
You probably do not have to buy a new OS license.

Where did your current WIn 10 license come from?
 

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I bought it from Best Buy (yes I got ripped-off). My PC is an Asus M32BF
https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/asus-asus-m32-desktop-pc-amd-a10-7800-2tb-hdd-8gb-ram-windows-10-m32bf-bs01-cb/10583709.aspx

Hope it answers your question
 

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A preinstalled Win 10 from that system reduces the possibility of transferring that license to a new system.

For the actual operation, it will almost certainly need a clean install in your new hardware.
Using the old drive does not matter here.

There are two considerations when trying to do what you're considering, Licensing and Operation.

Licensing - Can the old OS license be transferred to different hardware. In this case, problematic.
A preinstalled WIn 10 is about the only case where it cannot be transferred to different hardware.
But, you can try it.
Read these, and see if you can link that OS license to your MS account. If it does, then it is a "maybe" as to whether you can move it to different hardware.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3164428/windows-build-1607-activation.html

Operation - This refers to whether the actual drive with the OS will actually boot up in new hardware.
Doubtful. A clean install in the new hardware is always recommended, often required.

Prepare for a clean install in the new hardware. Again, this is a different thing than having to purchase a new OS license.
Create your own Win 10 install here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
Then, How to do a CLEAN installation of Windows 10
 

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That was really well explained of you, I appreciate it. Thank you so much for this.
 

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