windows after motherboard change

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i am changing my motherboard to a better, newer one and i dont know what steps i have to take before i upgrade my parts.
 

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For the OS licensing:
Read and do this before you change any parts:
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


For the actual operation, prepare to do a full wipe and reinstall.
It may not be needed, but prepare for if it does.
How to do a CLEAN installation of Windows 10


There are 3 possible outcomes:
1. It just boots up and all is fine
2. It fails completely
3. It boots up, but you're chasing issues for weeks.
 
Sep 9, 2018
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To add to this question, I will also swap my whole hardware except the SSD + HDD, can I just install the old SSD with the installed Windows 10 to boot up after bulding the new PC and then do a clean install? Or will it not work because it won't detect the new hardware at all and not start, so I have to boot from a USB, which I prepare before I build my PC?
 

USAFRet

Titan
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Mar 16, 2013
113,034
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155,140
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For the OS licensing:
Read and do this before you change any parts:
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


For the actual operation, prepare to do a full wipe and reinstall.
It may not be needed, but prepare for if it does.
How to do a CLEAN installation of Windows 10


There are 3 possible outcomes:
1. It just boots up and all is fine
2. It fails completely
3. It boots up, but you're chasing issues for weeks.
 

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