Changing the processor in a W11 pc


tinmar49

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I bought a Ryzen 5 2600 for a future build pc and needed to check if it was ok. After checking the motherboard compatibility, it was put in my Gigabyte A320M-H machine along with a Palit GTX750ti GPU, replacing temporarily the Athlon 3000G. The security of W11, secure boot and fTPM, along with the pin made the change more complicated than with any earlier Windows I have used. I had to go into the BIOS to get things sorted and to the Microsoft website to put the same pin in afresh.
Now I will have to reverse the process when I reinstall the Athlon.
 

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The issue is the Microsoft/Windows Activation, it can allow some hardware changes such as the System drive but doing it with the motherboard/CPU identifies it as a new computer and screws up the activation causing the process changes as you have seen. Adding to the issue is the check by Win11 of whether the computer meets requirements. Not much can be done but "bite the bullet" and work through the changes as necessary.
 

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I can only add that activation depends on the type of license: if it was the retail or upgrade, you can re-activate Windows, even when sometimes need to use the activation by phone. But if it was OEM (no matter whether it was installed by manufacturer or you bought OEM as most cheap), it will be bound to current combination of motherboard/CPU, and the re-activation after significant hardware change like CPU replacement will be very limited, if possible at all. The only exemption is if they were replaced by warranty after hardware failure, that's all.
 

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The issue is the Microsoft/Windows Activation, it can allow some hardware changes such as the System drive but doing it with the motherboard/CPU identifies it as a new computer and screws up the activation causing the process changes as you have seen. Adding to the issue is the check by Win11 of whether the computer meets requirements. Not much can be done but "bite the bullet" and work through the changes as necessary.
Maybe not.
Take a look at Yes, you can transfer a Windows 10 license to a new PC — here's how.
 

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This throws a monkey wrench into the works, how many times will it be allowed, which is why I didn't go further with it.
"Now I will have to reverse the process when I reinstall the Athlon"
 

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Make a system backup.. prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
 

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tinmar49

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I was led to believe that the activation licence was linked to the motherboard serial number. I have never had any bother swapping processors before.
 

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I was led to believe that the activation licence was linked to the motherboard serial number. I have never had any bother swapping processors before.
My bet is you should be ok.. I changed a processor with 11 and I just had to reset the BIOS when I first booted the PC.. so you may be just fine. But.. prepare for the worst.. hope for the best and have some booze ready.
 

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Berton

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I was led to believe that the activation licence was linked to the motherboard serial number. I have never had any bother swapping processors before.
But doesn't Win11 and/or the Upgrade process also check that the CPU meets the requirements? Seems to me some "experimentation" has been changed or disallowed with the new OS.
 

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I was led to believe that the activation licence was linked to the motherboard serial number. I have never had any bother swapping processors before.
Did you have any problems with Windows activation? I saw nothing in your OP that would indicate that you did.
 

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tinmar49

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Navy, I didn't have to re activate Windows, I never mentioned that, just reset the pin with my Microsoft account.
Both processors meet the W11 requirements.

Update.
I have just returned the Athlon 3000G to the pc, removed the graphics card and put the smaller cpu cooler back on. There was a BIOS screen which came up when booting, saying "press Y to reset Ftpm". I didn't have to go right into the BIOS. Then Windows booted and I had to go to my Microsoft account for them to email me a code to allow the pin to be reset, which I got from the other pc. I'm not sure what I would have done if I only had one pc. The reset seemed easier the second time around.
One thing I found, was that fitting a larger size graphics card, the Palit GTX750 ti is 215mm, 8 1/2" long and double width, is not recommended in a Gigabyte A320M-H micro atx board. It has trouble with the SATA connections.
 
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    Athlon 3000G
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    Asrock A320M-HDV r4.0
    Memory
    16Gb Crucial DDR4 2400
    Graphics Card(s)
    onboard cpu
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560-1440
    Hard Drives
    WD black SN750 M2 500Gb
    PSU
    500W Seasonic core 80+gold non modular
    Case
    Fractal Design Define R2
    Cooling
    front 2 x 120mm rear 100mm stock psu
    Internet Speed
    100/10
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    Antivirus
    Windows Security and free Malwarebytes
  • Operating System
    W11 pro 64
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    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Ryzen 3200G
    Motherboard
    MSI B450M PRO-VDH
    Memory
    2 x 8Gb Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000 DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    onboard cpu
    Sound Card
    motherboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WD Black M2 SN750 500Gb
    PSU
    Be Quiet 400 semi modular 80+gold
    Case
    Coolermaster Silencio 650
    Cooling
    140mm front, 120 rear Akasa Vegas Chroma AM
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