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Can I keep same Windows 10 os without buying new one

Im switching motherboards and I just found out about the os issue when you switch mobos. If I switch them out, will my os with all my files still be on my hard drive or in a account, what steps do I have to take to keep all the data in that os that I have now.
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  1. blanketsarecool018 said:
    Im switching motherboards and I just found out about the os issue when you switch mobos. If I switch them out, will my os with all my files still be on my hard drive or in a account, what steps do I have to take to keep all the data in that os that I have now.


    Where did the original Win 10 come from?

    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
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3164428/windows-build-1607-activation.html
  2. The "data" is a whole other consideration.
    You'll probably need a full wipe and reinstall in the new hardware.

    What are the old parts and what are the new parts?
  3. blanketsarecool018 said:
    Im switching motherboards and I just found out about the os issue when you switch mobos. If I switch them out, will my os with all my files still be on my hard drive or in a account, what steps do I have to take to keep all the data in that os that I have now.
    It depends what type your Windows 10 is. If it is a retail box version then you can uninstall it and install it on your new build w/o issue. If you bought the cheaper OEM or system builder version it is "married" to the motherboard. So if you change the motherboard you'll need to buy a new version.
  4. USAFRet said:
    The "data" is a whole other consideration.
    You'll probably need a full wipe and reinstall in the new hardware.

    What are the old parts and what are the new parts?



    I checked my windows activation and it says it’s activated with a digital license, I’m upgrading mother board gpu and ram, pretty much everything in the motherboard, hard drive is still the same
  5. blanketsarecool018 said:
    USAFRet said:
    The "data" is a whole other consideration.
    You'll probably need a full wipe and reinstall in the new hardware.

    What are the old parts and what are the new parts?



    I checked my windows activation and it says it’s activated with a digital license, I’m upgrading mother board gpu and ram, pretty much everything in the motherboard, hard drive is still the same


    Your OS license will transfer.
    All that means is that you don't have to purchase another Win 10 license.

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    my os with all my files still be on my hard drive

    The actual OS on the hard drive...that's a whole other question.
    You can't just swap all the parts, plug in the drive, and expect it to "just work".

    With a major parts swap, there are three possible outcomes:
    1. It boots up just fine
    2. It fails completely.
    3. It boots up, but you're chasing issues for weeks.

    I've seen all three.

    Prepare for a full wipe and reinstall.
    Always recommended, often required.
  6. USAFRet said:
    blanketsarecool018 said:
    USAFRet said:
    The "data" is a whole other consideration.
    You'll probably need a full wipe and reinstall in the new hardware.

    What are the old parts and what are the new parts?



    I checked my windows activation and it says it’s activated with a digital license, I’m upgrading mother board gpu and ram, pretty much everything in the motherboard, hard drive is still the same


    Your OS license will transfer.
    All that means is that you don't have to purchase another Win 10 license.

    Quote:
    my os with all my files still be on my hard drive

    The actual OS on the hard drive...that's a whole other question.
    You can't just swap all the parts, plug in the drive, and expect it to "just work".

    With a major parts swap, there are three possible outcomes:
    1. It boots up just fine
    2. It fails completely.
    3. It boots up, but you're chasing issues for weeks.

    I've seen all three.

    Prepare for a full wipe and reinstall.
    Always recommended, often required.



    Ok, I’m completely fine starting from scratch and re downloading all my apps and shit. But when I load up my pc after changing parts, can I just log in, install windows and be good? Or will the old os still be there and I have to instill drivers. I want to know if I have do anything to my os now, so nothing funky happens, like drivers conflicting or it just doesn’t work,
  7. blanketsarecool018 said:


    Ok, I’m completely fine starting from scratch and re downloading all my apps and shit. But when I load up my pc after changing parts, can I just log in, install windows and be good? Or will the old os still be there and I have to instill drivers. I want to know if I have do anything to my os now, so nothing funky happens, like drivers conflicting or it just doesn’t work,


    1. Be absolutely you are prepared for a full wipe and reinstall. Drivers, passwords, saved files, etc, etc, etc.
    Have a Win 10 USB install ready to go.

    2. Build the new system. Put the drive in and power up.
    You might get lucky, and not need a reinstall.

    If it fails to actually boot up...this is when you boot from the Win 10 install USB you made earlier, and do a full wipe and install.
    How to do a CLEAN installation of Windows 10
  8. USAFRet said:
    blanketsarecool018 said:


    Ok, I’m completely fine starting from scratch and re downloading all my apps and shit. But when I load up my pc after changing parts, can I just log in, install windows and be good? Or will the old os still be there and I have to instill drivers. I want to know if I have do anything to my os now, so nothing funky happens, like drivers conflicting or it just doesn’t work,


    1. Be absolutely you are prepared for a full wipe and reinstall. Drivers, passwords, saved files, etc, etc, etc.
    Have a Win 10 USB install ready to go.

    2. Build the new system. Put the drive in and power up.
    You might get lucky, and not need a reinstall.

    If it fails to actually boot up...this is when you boot from the Win 10 install USB you made earlier, and do a full wipe and install.
    How to do a CLEAN installation of Windows 10



    I hate to ask, you but how to you create a back up usb for windows? I have no idea
  9. blanketsarecool018 said:

    I hate to ask, you but how to you create a back up usb for windows? I have no idea



    It's not a "backup USB", but rather a Win 10 install.
    Here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

    Or in the first section of the tutorial I linked above.
    Read that through a time or two before you need it. Get familiar with the process.
  10. this seems really simple, i have to get one usb flash drive, tho i dont think i have one, thanks for the help
  11. Best answer
    blanketsarecool018 said:
    this seems really simple, i have to get one usb flash drive, tho i dont think i have one, thanks for the help


    8GB or larger USB.
    And make sure there is nothing on it you wish to keep....creating the Win 10 install WILL wipe out everything on that drive.
  12. It's easy if you are prepared.
    Too many people get 1/3 the way through the process, and then discover their drive does not boot, and their license will not transfer.
    And have no alternate PC to create a USB to boot from.
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