How come windows 10 no longer genuine after I replaced MOBO

March 14, 2016 at 19:47:46
Specs: Windows 10
Hi All,

I have upgraded my Windows 7 to Windows 10 a month ago. A week back I changed my system Motherboard and Graphics Card for higher resolution gaming activity.

It’s giving an error about Windows not genuine. I tried to enter product key from previous OS but that not getting accept.

I called Microsoft Support Team and they are forcing me to buy a new Product Key for Windows 10.

Please suggest.


Regards,
Lou Nemec


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#1
March 14, 2016 at 20:28:19
Your OEM product key that came with your original installation is tied to the original motherboard and not transferable. I understand that the more expensive Retail versions of Windows can be transferred but the OEM license cannot be. You are going to have to purchase a new license or new copy of Windows (either 7 or 10 but if you plan on staying with 10 then that is what you should go for). If the license is high, you can purchase a new OEM version ($99. home, $139. Pro) easily enough and have the install disk as well.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
March 15, 2016 at 13:40:58
You answered your own question - you changed the motherboard. That made your product key void & your Windows installation non-genuine.

You might be able to re-upgrade, but you would have to wipe the HDD, reinstall Win7 using the original product key, & then upgrade to Win10 again. You've got nothing to lose.


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#3
March 17, 2016 at 14:28:59
Yes, that’s right but I cannot wipe the HDD since I have lots of data saved in.

What I found is Activation from CMD. Let’s see if it works for me, if not then I have to re-install Windows.

Online Activation - go to Command Prompt Admin (right click on windows icon and click command prompt admin ) type slui 3 and press enter and put in your Product key.

Manual Activation- go to Command Prompt Admin (right click on windows icon and click command prompt admin ) type slui 4 and press enter select your location and contact the number provided.


Regards,
Lou Nemec
Tech Support Team
Clouds App Portal

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#4
August 31, 2016 at 07:58:24
The new Anniversary update has a solution. You can link the product with your Microsoft account. Please follow the below procedure to do so,

1) Open Sttings app and navigate to Update & security.
2) Click Activation.
3) Click Add an account.
4) Enter your Microsoft account details, and click Sign-in. If the local account isn't connected to a Microsoft account, you'll also need to enter the password for the local account.

Once you completed the process, you will see the "Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account" message in the Activation page, indicating that the linked was successfully processed. You could use this process to activate Windows 10 to another computer.

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