Question Questions about moving current build to new motherboard.

HWright001

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Hello! Unfortunately, my new computer build has hit an issue I can't overcome without a hardware change: my current motherboard has noticeable coil whine, and I want to replace it entirely with a new motherboard (different model and all).

My question is: is there something special I need to be worried about when doing this "operation"? Provided I make sure all current components are compatible with the new board, it's as simple as unplugging from the old board and moving stuff to the new one right?

Also, I have questions about my Windows 10 installation. I currently have 2 SSDs I'm using for storage that I would like to erase completely before moving to the new board. I would like the drives to be as "clean" as if they were new, so I can avoid the system trying to boot into Windows on the new board. I have a Windows 10 USB drive, so I'm assuming I boot to that drive - run the installer and wipe the drivers during windows installation then quit the installer? Is there a better way to wipe drives so they are "clean" for the installation of the new board?

My last question revolves around the activation key for Windows 10 Pro. I already used the OEM key on my current, soon-to-be replaced, motherboard. As the new motherboard is a new model entirely, I'm assuming I have to get a new Windows 10 key for the new board? Can I install Windows 10 from the USB drive i currently own, skip the activation key step, install windows, and then buy the key later to activate the install? Or should I just buy a new key now? Any way to avoid having to buy a new $200 key to begin with?

My specs if needed:
OLD board: Asus Prime Z390-A
NEW board: ASRock Z390 Steel Legend
Windows 10 Pro
i7-9700
MSI GTX 1650 Super
Corsair RM750x
2 Samsung SSDs for storage

Thanks for any help you can provide.
 

USAFRet

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it's as simple as unplugging from the old board and moving stuff to the new one right?
You're planning on doing a full wipe and reinstall on the new hardware?
That IS doable, and 100% recommended.

2 considerations, Licensing and Operation.

Licensing
Where did the original Win 10 license come from? Assuming not a preinstalled Windows on somethomg from Dell or similar, the license can probably be transferred to new hardware.

For the OS activation, read and do this before you change any parts:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change
https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/windows-build-1607-and-activation.2786960/


Operation, a full wipe and reinstall.
Prepare a Win 10 USB to install with.
Assemble the new system, with only the one desired drive connected.

Install...

Reconnect the other drives later, and then wipe them clean.
 

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You're planning on doing a full wipe and reinstall on the new hardware?
That IS doable, and 100% recommended.
Yes, a full wipe and then a fresh Windows 10 install. All current motherboard components are going into the new board.


Where did the original Win 10 license come from? Assuming not a preinstalled Windows on somethomg from Dell or similar, the license can probably be transferred to new hardware.

Operation, a full wipe and reinstall.
Prepare a Win 10 USB to install with.
Assemble the new system, with only the one desired drive connected.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075PZ12B2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Here is the exact USB drive with the WIndows 10 key I purchased from Amazon. The key was already used for the current problematic motherboard during installation.
 

USAFRet

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To make the license transition easier, and if the current system still "works" to some extent...verify the license is linked to your MS account.

Then, the above link about "After a hardware change".
Or, just enter that license key during the install.

And I would recommend making a new USB to install with. It will be current with all existing updates, etc.
Your old license will work.
 

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