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So I'll be upgrading my PC in the coming weeks, getting a new mobo, CPU and RAM. Obviously I'll be having to do a clean Windows install, but I don't know if I'll be able to keep my free upgrade, since I won't be upgrading til after the cut-off date.

Also, the link for downloading the software to create a windows 10 install is broken, does anyone have a good alternative link I can get it from?
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post #2 of 31
You need to do the upgrade before the 29th.
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I've already got the upgrade, but I wanna know if I'll have to buy a copy of Windows 10 if I intend to reinstall after upgrading my hardware.
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post #4 of 31
Shouldn't have to, but think about it. If you upgrade now, maybe it is free. If you wait, you know it won't be. Do it now, activate windows. Make sure it says activated. When your upgrades arrive, install them, attempt to boot, you should be able to. After that, make sure it says activated. If not, look online. The way to call to verify still exists, and they will likely let you keep Windows 10. Once that is sucessful and it says activated, do a clean install by using the built in recovery tools. (shift+Restart)
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The activation is tied to the MoBo now whether you can get MS to transfer it or not I just don't know
 
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post #6 of 31
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Originally Posted by GermanyChris View Post

The activation is tied to the MoBo now whether you can get MS to transfer it or not I just don't know

Activation is not "tied to the motherboard", it's tied to a hardwareID generated from multiple components. Swapping out a motherboard will likely break activation, but so might swapping out the primary NIC, or HDD.

OP, I can't tell you exactly what will happen in your specific case, but I'll share my recent experience; the motherboard in one of my Windows 10 systems (upgraded from Windows 7 OEM) died, and since it was a z77 board I couldn't easily find a suitable replacement, so I ended up having to replace the board and CPU. Of course when I restarted it, Windows 10 reactivated itself immediately. This surprised me, as I was expecting to at least have to use the phone activation robot. I used the same RAM, so maybe that + the same SSD (there were no other add-in components in the system) were enough for it to count as "the same" system.

In your case, it might not reactivate automatically online, but I'm 99% sure you will be able to activate it over the phone robot. At worst, you will probably still be able to get it activated by talking to a human and telling them your motherboard broke and you had to replace the whole board+CPU+RAM combo.
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post #7 of 31
Don't lie and say the motherboard broke. If you do hat, you may as well steal it from a store or pirate it.
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post #8 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by KSIMP88 View Post

Don't lie and say the motherboard broke. If you do hat, you may as well steal it from a store or pirate it.

Yeah anytime you want to update a piece of hardware you shoukd be forced to send MS $100. I mean what a wonderful world we live in. I mean why dont they eliminate 3rd companies drivers and force us to purchase their own to use new mice or hard drives, graphics. Capitalism everyone yaaaaay!

You bought the OS far as im concerned you should be able to move it to another mobo. Not multiple computers no, but you bloody well own it. Just think if other companies like Adobe or Valve start doing this what response they would get.

I dont like the idea if buyibg something but not owning it. Considering all the data MS is collecting and ads they show even in the start menu the fact that the OS isnt free already is sort of amazing. If you wanted to buy it you should get to avoid all that crap.
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post #9 of 31
I replaced my CPU, RAM, Motherboard and SSD (went from an FX 6350 to an I7 4770K) and I signed in to a fresh install of 10 with my Windows live account and it transferred my license.
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post #10 of 31
Quote:
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I replaced my CPU, RAM, Motherboard and SSD (went from an FX 6350 to an I7 4770K) and I signed in to a fresh install of 10 with my Windows live account and it transferred my license.

Hoq do you tie your os to a live account?
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