- Dead windows pc – how do I get w10 code ?
or doesn’t it really matter ?
Our pc in the lounge committed slightly fiery suicide the other day. I’ve ordered a new motherboard & processor and will happily rebuild it.
… but how do I get W10 back onto it without having a code (was originally an upgrade from w7) ? I’ve heard that you can use software to get if off the machine before changing over but that ship has flown before the door was bolted.
Will I die ?Posted 2 months agohols2Member
If you have the old HDD, you should be able to boot from that. It will detect a new motherboard and CPU, so it might require reactivation. Once it’s activated, you can replace the old HDD and install a fresh copy of Win10 without needing a serial number. IF you can’t boot from the old HDD, you will need your Win7 serial number. If you don’t have that, you will need to buy a licence.Posted 2 months agokelronSubscriber
You can install W10 fresh (free to download from MS) and should be able to activate with your W7 key.
But as above you may not need to reinstall if your old hard drive still works? Try booting from it when you have the new parts, will probably just need to activate Windows again.Posted 2 months agoCougarSubscriber
Do you log in to the PC with a Microsoft account? If so, the licence will probably be tied to that. If you log in with the same account (indeed, if you’re using the same HDD) then if it moans about activation you can go into Activation / Troubleshooting and there’s an option there to say that you’ve changed hardware. IIRC you’ve to deregister the old board there.
There’s almost certainly no reason to be fannying about with codes from ebay. Whatever happens there will be some official way to do it, even if it means ringing MS.Posted 2 months agocodybrennanMember
If you get nowhere with it, just buy one of the very very cheap Win10 licences from Ebay. I’ve bought a few, and they come in at about £2.
Sounds iffy- is legit. There was a court case a few years back that established that, in Europe, there’s a right to resell these, and hence the very low price.
MS don’t wield publicise this, for obvious reasons.
Posted 2 months agomolgripsSubscriber
Isn’t the W10 code tied to the motherboard?
I put the SSD from a ten year old laptop (that came with Vista was activated with a code on a sticker then upgraded to W7 then re-installed with W10) into a desktop, and it just worked. I did use the same Microsoft account though so I think Cougar’s right, as usual.Posted 2 months ago
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