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Switch from Intel I-5 6600K to AMD Ryzen 1700X

I was wondering what steps are required in order to switch from my current Intel build (I-5 6600K) to an AMD build (Ryzen 1700X). I realize a new motherboard is in order but what I'm really curious about is how Windows 10 is going to react. I would rather not do a fresh install... Any suggestions?

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For some people it works fine, others it doesn't. Wont know until you try.

 

Always better to do a fresh install when changing main hardware though.

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you'll need to reinstall it and probably get a new license if you currently have OEM version

 

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Every time you swap a motherboard, you have to reinstall the OS.

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1 minute ago, dave_k said:

you'll need to reinstall it and probably get a new license if you currently have OEM version

That is the main reason I don't want to do a fresh install :(. The way I got Windows 10 on this computer was by using an old Windows 7 license I had and upgrading for free to Windows 10. Do you think I'll be able to take that license and apply it to a new system?

 

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Just now, Meseek said:

That is the main reason I don't want to do a fresh install :(. The way I got Windows 10 on this computer was by using an old Windows 7 license I had and upgrading for free to Windows 10. Do you think I'll be able to take that license and apply it to a new system?

 

Did you tie it to your Microsoft account?

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Just now, Meseek said:

That is the main reason I don't want to do a fresh install :(. The way I got Windows 10 on this computer was by using an old Windows 7 license I had and upgrading for free to Windows 10. Do you think I'll be able to take that license and apply it to a new system?

 

Yea

People here have told me that they did a fresh install of 10 and used 7 license and worked fine

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Your Windows key will often transfer over to the new install just fine. That said, if you want to be super safe, tie the Windows key to your Microsoft account and that key is embedded in your account login forever.

 

Everything should work fine when you transfer over to new hardware but a fresh install is always the safest bet. Only do the fresh install after moving your old SSD to the new AMD Ryzen system so the key is activated on that board. Use ProduKey before doing any and all of this to find and write down your product key.

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I didn't reinstall when I switched storage devices and when I switched platforms. Worked fine for me. Reinstall is recommended, though

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2 minutes ago, Lurick said:

Did you tie it to your Microsoft account?

I don't remember haha...  Thanks I'll look into it.

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Thanks Everybody for all these fast responses! Seems like a great community here. 

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