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    Senior Member Driftwood's Avatar
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    Default New Motherboard & Windows 10

    Next week I will be replacing the motherboard in my gaming system.
    Currently running Windows 10.

    Plan A
    Link the digital signature to a Microsoft account before removing the old board.
    Firstly I don't have a Microsoft account, but I could create one.
    What I don't want is to finish up with is passwords on the system.
    Is this the likely outcome, or is there a way around it.

    Plan B
    Re-install Windows 10 & hope that it can be activated with the original Windows 7 key.

    Plan C
    Re-install Windows 7.
    See if it will still activate it with the original key.
    Then upgrade to Windows 10 & hope it will still activate.

    Plan D
    Something else.

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    Default Re: New Motherboard & Windows 10

    I would go with plan A.

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    Default Re: New Motherboard & Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by CliveM View Post
    I would go with plan A.


    Would also recommend having passwords.
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    Default Re: New Motherboard & Windows 10

    So is there a way to do plan A without passwords?

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    Default Re: New Motherboard & Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Driftwood View Post
    So is there a way to do plan A without passwords?
    Yep, simply sign in with a Microsoft account, once you have done all the things you want to do then switch back to a local account with no password. Any activations , data , programs will stay put. If at any stage you want to use something that requires a MS Account Eg: The Store, simply sign into the Store app only. ( there's an option to do it but you have to look close to see it.)

    Thats what I do on several workshop PC's.

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    Default Re: New Motherboard & Windows 10

    More info here to link your Windows 10 Activation to your Microsoft Account

    This allows for the change of the Motherboard and not forfeiting the Licence that was not an option prior to the Anniversary update

    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/link-w...rosoft-account

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    Default Re: New Motherboard & Windows 10

    I just tried on a old system here & got the confirmation "Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account"

    So how many systems can you link to your account?

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    Default Re: New Motherboard & Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Driftwood View Post
    I just tried on a old system here & got the confirmation "Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account"

    So how many systems can you link to your account?
    Any number as long as they are linked to you Account,I have 2 but have not changed a board since the Anniversary update and would say some like wainui will have a lot more

    This goes into more detail with the activation

    http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5...dows-10-a.html

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    Default Re: New Motherboard & Windows 10

    Looks fairly straight foward.
    I guess the big test will be next week.
    Interesting, I actually used a gmail address to logon to MS.

    Thanks for the help guys.

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    Default Re: New Motherboard & Windows 10

    See you on the other side?!

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