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You're not supposed to need a key. For the free upgrade you were supposed to upgrade from a prior version of windows - Windows 7 or 8.x activated - and the upgrade wouldn't proceed if it didn't see that. Once 10 was installed that hardware would be flagged as valid on the windows server end making clean installs possible.

Unless you upgraded from a preview build or changed more than the HDD since august? If you have a valid windows 7/8 install key could install that OS and upgrade it again. Or I think 10 will just take the keys of 7/8.x now. Or with the build due in... "fall" which I guess is between now and December 27 or whenever fall technically ends... I think it's the one that is the insider preview right now.

Other option would be to call the 800 number and see if MS can somehow get it fixed for you.
Only chaged the drive once since the old one fail earl this week. I pulled the Key when I did the free upgrade in August. I did a clean install today not an upgrade. I will try to do it with the upgrade instead to see what happens.
You don't need to install Win 7/8 first. The requirement is the computer have genuine Win 7/8 running in it before. That's all. You don't need to enter key either when installing Win 10. If the installer ask for Win 7/8 key, then you just need to enter that key.
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Can I switch out My Mobo and CPU without any penalty, I got upgraded from XP? search yielded no answers
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You don't need to install Win 7/8 first. The requirement is the computer have genuine Win 7/8 running in it before. That's all. You don't need to enter key either when installing Win 10. If the installer ask for Win 7/8 key, then you just need to enter that key.
The HDD I installed Windows 10 on too was 100% brand new and never had Windows on it so I did a clean install. I am going to try to upgrade to 10 after I get 8.1 installed since the key for 8.1 is in the BIOS.
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Can I switch out My Mobo and CPU without any penalty, I got upgraded from XP? search yielded no answers

I am not sure about motherboards but I reassure you that replacing the processor does not deactivate Windows 10. Very recently I have received my new i7-4790K, via Intel's Warranty Service. I installed it on two of the three mobos shown in my sig_rig, the ASRock and the ASUS. Windows 10 Pro activated right after I established an Internet connection. On both of these motherboards though, I already had versions of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro before upgrading to Windows 10 Pro. ( Actually, I upgraded to Win 10 Home via Win 7 Home Premium, as well, but this is irrelevant). After that, every build of Win 10 activates automatically on my system(s) as soon as I connect to the Internet.

PS: Pardon me! Dunno IF by "switch ...and CPU" you mean going from AMD to Intel, for example! In that case I don't know what will happen but I do not think that it will activate since you will be changing the entire system. In addition, coming from XP won't allow you to activate them because a 7 or 8 or 8.1 genuine key will be required. You can always use them as an Insider though, and keep upgrading. The TP builds usually work fine.
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Yeah it is my old system that was running XP got upgraded to Win 10 on the insider program
I need to switch out Athlon X3 to Phenom X2 and Asrock 880G to Asus M5A88 evo mobo
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If you switch a mobo, activation will be gone.
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If you switch a mobo, activation will be gone.

You are 100% sure?
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Well, according to how OEM activation works, pretty sure as soon as you change the base component (motherboard) activation is pretty much done for.

Edit: On the other hand, I suppose since you're the OEM and not exactly upgrading a motherboard (chipset is still pretty much the same), you could contact MS for reactivation by telling them you're replacing a faulty mobo. They allow one reactivation afaik.
Edited by Melan - 11/6/15 at 3:17am
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You are 100% sure?

If you switch either the mobo or cpu, Windows will deactivate, 100%. When you attempt to reactivate it, if the original XP installation was a OEM key, it should prompt you to call the activation number (1-800-something) and then you do a long-winded question-response thing with the automated phone system. It will ask you "how many PCs is this Windows key activated on?" When you tell it "1", it deactivates their current record of your system/key combination, and allows you to re-register with your current setup. That's how it's worked for me in the past many times with Windows 7, 8, & 8.1. I assume that's still how it works with 10.

If you don't automatically get the prompt for the by-phone activation, open a command prompt and enter > slui 4

If your XP key originally was retail, I don't think it matters, you can do whatever you want with that key on whatever system you want.
Edited by chrisnyc75 - 11/6/15 at 10:14am
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