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Gr8nizzz

Reinstall OS when getting new motherboard?

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Hi all,

I'm replacing my motherboard. I'm not entirely sure about this, do I need to reinstall Win10 again?

Or can I use Win10 that I already have installed on my SSD?

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You might not have to reinstall Windows but it'll become unactivated.


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Just now, kelvinhall05 said:

You might not have to reinstall Windows but it'll become unactivated.

Not always. But it's a good idea to reinstall anyways.


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Just now, Gr8nizzz said:

Can I reactivate it with my Win10 key?

You can try. No guarantee it'll work.


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CPU: Xeon X5650 OC'd to 4.4GHz @ 1.36V (courtesy of @XR6) Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X58 RAM: 4x4GB G.Skill DDR3 1866MHz GPU: Asus RX 570 Strix Storage: WD Blue 1TB and a 128GB Kingston UV400 PSU: EVGA 600B Case: Fractal Design Define C Monitor: 3x Dell P2210 on a Steelcase Eyesite triple monitor stand Mouse: Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless Keyboard: It changes, but usually Focus FK-9000 Mousepad: Steelseries QcK XL Headphones:  Sennheiser HD598SE

 

 

 

 

i use arch btw

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It depends. Generally, it take more than a single hardware change to cause a Windows deactivation. I just replaced my motherboard, when the one I originally wanted finally came back in stock. Windows couldn't have cared less.

 

However, I would make sure to uninstall any motherboard specific software and drivers first: things like sound, wifi, and any control software. Then, reinstall these drivers after booting up on the new board.

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