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Upgrading PC hardware after upgrading to Windows 10?

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Some Googling has given me a mixed bag of answers.

Some claim that the Windows 10 upgrade is specific to the hardware it is installed on and is non-transferable, meaning I have to buy another copy of Windows 10 if I change my hardware...

Others claim that if my copy of Windows 8 was retail, that the retail ability to transfer the software between devices comes with my upgrade and I will be able to transfer my license to new hardware with Windows 10...

Can anyone elaborate on any of this for me? I just tried asking Microsoft directly about this, the tech support (I used their help desk text chat, not phone call) I got at first said it was free, then said I would need to pay for it, then said I could use my Windows 8 key in Windows 10, then started talking about drivers not working between Windows 8.1 and Windows 10... I was typing out a response asking them what they were going on about and before I finished typing the tech support ended the chat......... So that didn't help...

So yeah, if I upgrade my CPU and motherboard in a few months, is there any way for me to install Windows 10 without buying an entirely new copy of Windows 10 on my PC? If not, can I just go back to Windows 8.1 with my Windows 8 Pro retail key or is that key invalidated by upgrading to Windows 10?

Thanks
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If you switch Motherboard, you need to install Windows7/8 and upgrade to Windows 10. From this you can just to a clean install of Windows 10 afterwards. Changing other hardware will not effect your Windows 10 registration. Upgrades are free for the next 9 months.
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If you switch Motherboard, you need to install Windows7/8 and upgrade to Windows 10. From this you can just to a clean install of Windows 10 afterwards. Changing other hardware will not effect your Windows 10 registration. Upgrades are free for the next 9 months.

And that is even if I have already upgraded to Windows 10 already? They will let me do it again?
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And that is even if I have already upgraded to Windows 10 already? They will let me do it again?

Yes, they will.
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