Can I update motherboard & CPU and not get hassled by Microsoft


Birk

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Mu current version of Windows is Windows 11/64 Ver. 21H2 Build 22000.65. I'd like to update my CPU and motherboard to new ones, but keep everything else the same.

If I do this will Microsoft hassle me about activation because my hardware profile (whatever that is) has changed? And if so, what do I do about that?
 

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System One

  • OS
    Win0, Soon Win11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom build
    CPU
    Intel i7 8700 @ 3.20 GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus B360-M
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    none
    Sound Card
    none
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Primary: LG 4K; Secondary: Dell U2412M
    Screen Resolution
    Primary: 3860 x 2160; Secondary: 1200 x 1920
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    C: Samsung NVme SSD970 256K
    E: 1 TB HDD
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The answer depends on the information you haven't given us, such as where did you get your copy of Windows, which type of licence does it convey, whether or not you will be using an MS account, is your current system (and OS) listed in your devices etc.
Assuming a retail version of Windows, you can unlink it from your old PC (motherboard, CPU) before installing and activating on new hardware, there is also an option under activation for 'hardware changed' although the change can cause issues in some cases.
In most other cases a quick phone call to MS can often result in re activation, although depending on your copy of Windows and licence type you may have to purchase a new licence.
So the answer may not be as simple as you may assume.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Predator Orion 3000
    CPU
    Intel i5-8400
    Motherboard
    Acer proprietary B360
    Memory
    40Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 2060 Super
    Sound Card
    Onboard Realtek + Creative Labs 720 plugins
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Gigabyte G32QC 32inch 16:9 curved @2560 x 1440p 165Hz Freesync Premium Pro/ Dell SE2422H 24inch 16:9 1920 x 1080p 75Hz Freesync
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440p
    Hard Drives
    Intel 660p NVME (Boot), Samsung 870QVO 1TB (SSD), SanDisk 3D Ultra 500Gb (SSD) x2, Seagate 3Tb Expansion Desk (Ext HDD), 2x Toshiba 1Tb P300 (Ext HDD)
    PSU
    Acer Proprietary 550 WATT Gold
    Case
    Acer Predator 3000 (P03 600) Desktop
    Cooling
    CPU fan, 1x In, 1x Exhaust
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    Microsoft Ergonomic
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    Logitech G402
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Birk

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My version of Windows is home 64 and has been updated from Windows 8 to Windows 10 and now Windows 11. It is fully activated. I have a valid Microsoft account but only use it when I am accessing One drive.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win0, Soon Win11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom build
    CPU
    Intel i7 8700 @ 3.20 GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus B360-M
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    none
    Sound Card
    none
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Primary: LG 4K; Secondary: Dell U2412M
    Screen Resolution
    Primary: 3860 x 2160; Secondary: 1200 x 1920
    Hard Drives
    C: Samsung NVme SSD970 256K
    E: 1 TB HDD
    F: 500K HDD
    W: Samsung SSD 840 128K
    Keyboard
    Logitech Lighted
    Mouse
    Kensington ExpertMouse trackball
    Internet Speed
    500/500
    Browser
    Brave
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    Windows Defender

RFS

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From a command line enter the following command -

slmgr /dli

Does the answer show RETAIL or OEM? If it's retail you can transfer the licence, but if OEM you will need a new licence as OEM licences are tied to their current motherboard.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self-build
    CPU
    Intel I3-10100
    Motherboard
    MSI H410M-PRO
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GT 1030
    Sound Card
    Motherboard default
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 27 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung EVO 970 NVMe SSD 256 Gb
    Samsung QVO 870 SATA SSD 2 Tb
    PSU
    ATX 450W
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    930 Mb down / 120 Mb up
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Microsoft Office 2016 Home and Business
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self-build
    CPU
    Intel i3-8100
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z370 D3
    Memory
    16 Gb
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia GT 720
    Sound Card
    Motherboard default
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 27-inch
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 960 NVMe SSD 256 Gb
    Seagate 2 Tb HDD
    PSU
    ATX 450W
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Keyboard
    Microsoft
    Internet Speed
    930 Mb down / 120 Mb up
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

Birk

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That's a new one on me - thanks for the tip. It opened a little window that says

Windows(R) Operating system, RETAIL channel

So I guess I'm OK. It's been such a long time I really don't even remember how I got the original version of Windows. It might have been as long ago as Windows 7. Surprisingly Windows is still running OK, but I know one of these days I'm going to have to do a clean install. I'm not looking forward to that.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win0, Soon Win11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom build
    CPU
    Intel i7 8700 @ 3.20 GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus B360-M
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    none
    Sound Card
    none
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Primary: LG 4K; Secondary: Dell U2412M
    Screen Resolution
    Primary: 3860 x 2160; Secondary: 1200 x 1920
    Hard Drives
    C: Samsung NVme SSD970 256K
    E: 1 TB HDD
    F: 500K HDD
    W: Samsung SSD 840 128K
    Keyboard
    Logitech Lighted
    Mouse
    Kensington ExpertMouse trackball
    Internet Speed
    500/500
    Browser
    Brave
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

NavyLCDR

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From a command line enter the following command -

slmgr /dli

Does the answer show RETAIL or OEM? If it's retail you can transfer the licence, but if OEM you will need a new licence as OEM licences are tied to their current motherboard.
or if it says OEM, just change the product key to the generic for that edition of Windows 10/11 and it will change to retail.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Homebuilt
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Education
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 7773
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce MX150
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 512GB NVMe SSD
    SK Hynix 512GB SATA SSD
    Internet Speed
    Fast!
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