[SOLVED] Upgrading CPU and motherboard do I need to buy a new copy of Windows 10?

tataunka346

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As the title says I'm upgrading and I wasn't sure if I needed to buy a new copy of Windows or not. I upgraded from Windows 8 to 10 back when they were doing that for free so I don't have a disk or anything. Is it possible to still use this copy or am I going to have to blow $100 for another copy?
 

Barty1884

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Maybe... but not in my experience.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change

Good "how to" here.
https://forums.tomshardware.com/faq/how-to-do-a-clean-installation-of-windows-10.3170366/

Basically, make sure you "Link your Windows 10 digital license to your Microsoft account. " ahead of time.
You create your own installation media here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/software-download/windows10

You may have to run the troubleshooter inside Windows once you're up and running (skip when asked for a key).
 

Barty1884

Titan
Moderator
Maybe... but not in my experience.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change

Good "how to" here.
https://forums.tomshardware.com/faq/how-to-do-a-clean-installation-of-windows-10.3170366/

Basically, make sure you "Link your Windows 10 digital license to your Microsoft account. " ahead of time.
You create your own installation media here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/software-download/windows10

You may have to run the troubleshooter inside Windows once you're up and running (skip when asked for a key).
 

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