Upgrade to WIN 11 from Win 10


DP001

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Apologies if this is a redundant question, but here goes . . .

I want (not really) to install WIN 11 on a new desktop I plan to build as a replacement for my current WIN 10 desktop.

As the story goes, my 8-year old WIN 10 HP Pavillion laptop is suffering a slow death – frayed video cable, and no replacement cable is commercially available. I bit the bullet and bought a Lenovo WIN 11 laptop 83DD0007US to replace the HP, as Win 10 laptop availability is basically non-existent.

My current desktop (custom build) is not upgradable to WIN 11. I'll only be able to re-use the case, PSU and disk drives (SSD and SATA). I want (think I should have) a Win 11 desktop PC to keep things simple and consistent on my home network. Its current Win 10 license is based on a previous free upgrade from WIN XP.

Do I need to buy a Win 11 license for the new desktop, or do I have options? Alternatively, should I just continue using my current desktop PC, which has never failed me?

Thanks in advance.
 
Windows Build/Version
WIN10 22H2
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10 Home 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom (2016 build)
    CPU
    AMD FX 6300 AM3+ 95W 6-Core
    Motherboard
    ASRock Fatal1ty 970 Performance
    Memory
    16GB EVGA DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    PNY Nvidia GeForce GT1030
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2421HS 17-inch (almost new)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus M.2 1TB NVMe (almost new)
    SeaGate ST35004 500GB SATA
    PSU
    Corsair CSM 650
    Case
    CoolerMaster N400 full ATX Mid-Tower
    Cooling
    CryoRig H7
    Keyboard
    LogiTech K800 Wireless
    Mouse
    LogiTech M325 Wireless
    Internet Speed
    593 down / 572 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Ver 23H2 Build 22631.3447
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5 16AHP9
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen™ 5 8645HS Processor (4.30 GHz up to 5.00 GHz)
    Motherboard
    Stock
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5X-6400MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon™ 760M
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    16" WUXGA (1920 x 1200), IPS, Anti-Glare, Touch, 45%NTSC, 300 nits, 60Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    512 GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe Gen4 TLC
    PSU
    110v AC Adapter
    Case
    Stock
    Cooling
    Stock
    Mouse
    Logitech M325 Wireless
    Keyboard
    Backlit w/10-key numeric pad
    Internet Speed
    594 down / 485 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6
This link may be useful:

 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4800MQ CPU @ 2.70GHz
    Motherboard
    Product : 190A Version : KBC Version 94.56
    Memory
    16 GB Total: Manufacturer : Samsung MemoryType : DDR3 FormFactor : SODIMM Capacity : 8GB Speed : 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Quadro K3100M; Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition Audio CODEC; PNP Device ID HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_111D&DEV_76E0
    Hard Drives
    Model Hitachi HTS727575A9E364
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
    Other Info
    Mobile Workstation
Thanks for that, but Holy Crap!! I'd rather just upgrade my PC hardware, and be done with it. I mean, MB, memory, CPU and cooler . . . I'm thinking $450, tops! Or, am I just hallucinating again?

One of my original questions was whether I would be better off just dealing with whatever issues might arise from using 10 on one machine and 11 on the other. I'm still weighing that.
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10 Home 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom (2016 build)
    CPU
    AMD FX 6300 AM3+ 95W 6-Core
    Motherboard
    ASRock Fatal1ty 970 Performance
    Memory
    16GB EVGA DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    PNY Nvidia GeForce GT1030
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2421HS 17-inch (almost new)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus M.2 1TB NVMe (almost new)
    SeaGate ST35004 500GB SATA
    PSU
    Corsair CSM 650
    Case
    CoolerMaster N400 full ATX Mid-Tower
    Cooling
    CryoRig H7
    Keyboard
    LogiTech K800 Wireless
    Mouse
    LogiTech M325 Wireless
    Internet Speed
    593 down / 572 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Ver 23H2 Build 22631.3447
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5 16AHP9
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen™ 5 8645HS Processor (4.30 GHz up to 5.00 GHz)
    Motherboard
    Stock
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5X-6400MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon™ 760M
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    16" WUXGA (1920 x 1200), IPS, Anti-Glare, Touch, 45%NTSC, 300 nits, 60Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    512 GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe Gen4 TLC
    PSU
    110v AC Adapter
    Case
    Stock
    Cooling
    Stock
    Mouse
    Logitech M325 Wireless
    Keyboard
    Backlit w/10-key numeric pad
    Internet Speed
    594 down / 485 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6
Both of my mobile workstations are officially incompatible and Windows 11 runs fine on them.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 24H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP ZBook G2
    CPU
    Intel® Core i7 5500u
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Family Graphics AMD Firepro 4150M
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Audio
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD
    Mouse
    HP USB Mouse
    Antivirus
    Zone Alarm Free Antivirus/Zone Alarm Free Firewall NEXT GEN
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 24H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Zbook G4
    CPU
    Xeon 1535m v6
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Quadro Pro 4100
    Sound Card
    Bang and Olufson Audio
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD
    Mouse
    HP USB Mouse
    Antivirus
    Zone Alarm Free Antivirus/Zone Alarm Free Firewall NEXT GEN
Thanks for that, but Holy Crap!! I'd rather just upgrade my PC hardware, and be done with it. I mean, MB, memory, CPU and cooler, I'm thinking $450, tops! Or, am I just hallucinating again?
Sounds do-able. The first thing you should do before the hardware upgrade is link your Windows 10 digital license to your Microsoft account, this will enable you to reactivate Windows after the hardware upgrade, using the activation troubleshooter if required. Your digital licence is valid for both 10 and 11.

One of my original questions was whether I would be better off just dealing with whatever issues might arise from using 10 on one machine and 11 on the other. I'm still weighing that.
There are no real issues using 10 on one machine and 11 on another, I do it all the time. At the kernel level there's no significant difference.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package. Also running Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.
Thanks for that, but Holy Crap!! I'd rather just upgrade my PC hardware, and be done with it. I mean, MB, memory, CPU and cooler, I'm thinking $450, tops! Or, am I just hallucinating again?

One of my original questions was whether I would be better off just dealing with whatever issues might arise from using 10 on one machine and 11 on the other. I'm still weighing that.
$450? Depends.

At Newegg, an AMD Ryzen 5 7600X (6 core) is $209. The least expensive B650 full ATX boards, $150. 16GB DDR5 5200 RAM (2X8GB), $56. $415 total, not including tax or any shipping charges.

An AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D, $649. Asrock X670E Steel Legend, $260. 64GB GSkill DDR5 6400 (2 X 32GB), $220. $1129 total.

I mention AMD only because it's what you have now.

Some people go from 10 to 11 while barely noticing the difference. Others wring their hands, or gnash their teeth. To me, Windows 11 is more like Windows 10.1. (Some get quite offended when I write that.)
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Amd Threadripper 7970X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte TRX50 Aero D
    Memory
    128GB (4 X 32) Kingston DDR5 5200 (RDIMM)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 4090 OC
    Sound Card
    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 27E1N8900 OLED
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Crucial T700 2TB M.2 NVME SSD
    WD 4TB Blue SATA SSD
    Seagate 18TB IronWolf Pro
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1600 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo XL
    Cooling
    Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360, with 3 Phanteks T30 fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps
  • Operating System
    windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I9-13900K
    Motherboard
    Asus RoG Strix Z690-E
    Memory
    64GB G.Skill DDR5-6000
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
    Sound Card
    built in Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PA329C
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB
    8 TB Seagate Ironwolf
    4TB Seagate Ironwolf
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1300 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
To me, Windows 11 is more like Windows 10.1. (Some get quite offended when I write that.)
But you’re right.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22631.3593 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4702)
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Cooler Master ATCS 840 Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?
My current desktop (custom build) is not upgradable to WIN 11

Hi DP001 welcome to the ElevenForums 🙏

My favourite PC at home is my system one specs. I built it in 2014. All good with 11 (y)🙏

I also bought a new Lenovo last year. (System 2) I connect to it with the simple desktop shortcut creation of \\pcname
I don’t like to get too technical with networking because I am but a poor Aussie simpleton.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
Sounds do-able. The first thing you should do before the hardware upgrade is link your Windows 10 digital license to your Microsoft account, this will enable you to reactivate Windows after the hardware upgrade, using the activation troubleshooter if required. Your digital licence is valid for both 10 and 11.
I just assumed, and you know what that brings on, that my Win 10 license was already linked, especially because I upgraded from XP to 10 directly from MicroSoft.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10 Home 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom (2016 build)
    CPU
    AMD FX 6300 AM3+ 95W 6-Core
    Motherboard
    ASRock Fatal1ty 970 Performance
    Memory
    16GB EVGA DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    PNY Nvidia GeForce GT1030
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2421HS 17-inch (almost new)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus M.2 1TB NVMe (almost new)
    SeaGate ST35004 500GB SATA
    PSU
    Corsair CSM 650
    Case
    CoolerMaster N400 full ATX Mid-Tower
    Cooling
    CryoRig H7
    Keyboard
    LogiTech K800 Wireless
    Mouse
    LogiTech M325 Wireless
    Internet Speed
    593 down / 572 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Ver 23H2 Build 22631.3447
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5 16AHP9
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen™ 5 8645HS Processor (4.30 GHz up to 5.00 GHz)
    Motherboard
    Stock
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5X-6400MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon™ 760M
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    16" WUXGA (1920 x 1200), IPS, Anti-Glare, Touch, 45%NTSC, 300 nits, 60Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    512 GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe Gen4 TLC
    PSU
    110v AC Adapter
    Case
    Stock
    Cooling
    Stock
    Mouse
    Logitech M325 Wireless
    Keyboard
    Backlit w/10-key numeric pad
    Internet Speed
    594 down / 485 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6
I just assumed, and you know what that brings on, that my Win 10 license was already linked, especially because I upgraded from XP to 10 directly from MicroSoft.
I may of missed you mention, if you use Windows with a Microsoft account and not an offline account, yes, it should already be linked.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.

Coincidently written today by Shawn (Brink)
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
Yep - both machines are linked. Thanks for that. Allow me to pour you two fingers of my favorite Scotch! :giggle:
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10 Home 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom (2016 build)
    CPU
    AMD FX 6300 AM3+ 95W 6-Core
    Motherboard
    ASRock Fatal1ty 970 Performance
    Memory
    16GB EVGA DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    PNY Nvidia GeForce GT1030
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2421HS 17-inch (almost new)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus M.2 1TB NVMe (almost new)
    SeaGate ST35004 500GB SATA
    PSU
    Corsair CSM 650
    Case
    CoolerMaster N400 full ATX Mid-Tower
    Cooling
    CryoRig H7
    Keyboard
    LogiTech K800 Wireless
    Mouse
    LogiTech M325 Wireless
    Internet Speed
    593 down / 572 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Ver 23H2 Build 22631.3447
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5 16AHP9
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen™ 5 8645HS Processor (4.30 GHz up to 5.00 GHz)
    Motherboard
    Stock
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5X-6400MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon™ 760M
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    16" WUXGA (1920 x 1200), IPS, Anti-Glare, Touch, 45%NTSC, 300 nits, 60Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    512 GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe Gen4 TLC
    PSU
    110v AC Adapter
    Case
    Stock
    Cooling
    Stock
    Mouse
    Logitech M325 Wireless
    Keyboard
    Backlit w/10-key numeric pad
    Internet Speed
    594 down / 485 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6
Yep - both machines are linked. Thanks for that. Allow me to pour you two fingers of my favorite Scotch! :giggle:
I’d rather a milkshake, but thanks for that 🙏
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10 Home 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom (2016 build)
    CPU
    AMD FX 6300 AM3+ 95W 6-Core
    Motherboard
    ASRock Fatal1ty 970 Performance
    Memory
    16GB EVGA DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    PNY Nvidia GeForce GT1030
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2421HS 17-inch (almost new)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus M.2 1TB NVMe (almost new)
    SeaGate ST35004 500GB SATA
    PSU
    Corsair CSM 650
    Case
    CoolerMaster N400 full ATX Mid-Tower
    Cooling
    CryoRig H7
    Keyboard
    LogiTech K800 Wireless
    Mouse
    LogiTech M325 Wireless
    Internet Speed
    593 down / 572 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Ver 23H2 Build 22631.3447
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5 16AHP9
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen™ 5 8645HS Processor (4.30 GHz up to 5.00 GHz)
    Motherboard
    Stock
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5X-6400MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon™ 760M
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    16" WUXGA (1920 x 1200), IPS, Anti-Glare, Touch, 45%NTSC, 300 nits, 60Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    512 GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe Gen4 TLC
    PSU
    110v AC Adapter
    Case
    Stock
    Cooling
    Stock
    Mouse
    Logitech M325 Wireless
    Keyboard
    Backlit w/10-key numeric pad
    Internet Speed
    594 down / 485 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6
I'll only be able to re-use the case, PSU and disk drives (SSD and SATA).
As for that, there are SSDs and HDDs that use the SATA connection to the motherboard and there are SSDs known as NVME that use a different type mounting so check that the motherboard has what you need. Many OEM machines have a 256GB or 512GB NVME drive as the Boot/System drive but also have capability of adding a SATA HDD or SATA SSD for additional storage, my Dell Vostro came with the 512GB SSD NVME and I added a 2TB HDD.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
As for that, there are SSDs and HDDs that use the SATA connection to the motherboard and there are SSDs known as NVME that use a different type mounting so check that the motherboard has what you need. Many OEM machines have a 256GB or 512GB NVME drive as the Boot/System drive but also have capability of adding a SATA HDD or SATA SSD for additional storage, my Dell Vostro came with the 512GB SSD NVME and I added a 2TB HDD.
My recently installed SSD is NVME (1Tb). I intentionally chose that when shopping. The HDD is an older SATA (500Gb).
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10 Home 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom (2016 build)
    CPU
    AMD FX 6300 AM3+ 95W 6-Core
    Motherboard
    ASRock Fatal1ty 970 Performance
    Memory
    16GB EVGA DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    PNY Nvidia GeForce GT1030
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2421HS 17-inch (almost new)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus M.2 1TB NVMe (almost new)
    SeaGate ST35004 500GB SATA
    PSU
    Corsair CSM 650
    Case
    CoolerMaster N400 full ATX Mid-Tower
    Cooling
    CryoRig H7
    Keyboard
    LogiTech K800 Wireless
    Mouse
    LogiTech M325 Wireless
    Internet Speed
    593 down / 572 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Ver 23H2 Build 22631.3447
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5 16AHP9
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen™ 5 8645HS Processor (4.30 GHz up to 5.00 GHz)
    Motherboard
    Stock
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5X-6400MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon™ 760M
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    16" WUXGA (1920 x 1200), IPS, Anti-Glare, Touch, 45%NTSC, 300 nits, 60Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    512 GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe Gen4 TLC
    PSU
    110v AC Adapter
    Case
    Stock
    Cooling
    Stock
    Mouse
    Logitech M325 Wireless
    Keyboard
    Backlit w/10-key numeric pad
    Internet Speed
    594 down / 485 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6
My recently installed SSD is NVME (1Tb). I intentionally chose that when shopping. The HDD is an older SATA (500Gb).
I wondered whether a motherboard of that age would have an M.2 NVME slot. I'm impressed that it does.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Amd Threadripper 7970X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte TRX50 Aero D
    Memory
    128GB (4 X 32) Kingston DDR5 5200 (RDIMM)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 4090 OC
    Sound Card
    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 27E1N8900 OLED
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Crucial T700 2TB M.2 NVME SSD
    WD 4TB Blue SATA SSD
    Seagate 18TB IronWolf Pro
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1600 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo XL
    Cooling
    Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360, with 3 Phanteks T30 fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps
  • Operating System
    windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I9-13900K
    Motherboard
    Asus RoG Strix Z690-E
    Memory
    64GB G.Skill DDR5-6000
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
    Sound Card
    built in Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PA329C
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB
    8 TB Seagate Ironwolf
    4TB Seagate Ironwolf
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1300 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
My 2013 ASUS ROG Maximus VI has 1 NVME slot. My system one. Also, it’s running Eleven nicely.

Hang on, might be an M.2. There is a difference, yes?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
Its current Win 10 license is based on a previous free upgrade from WIN XP.

upgrade from xp to win10 ?

What does it mean "upgrade"

I never had xp, but was under the impression it was supposed to be
XP>Vista>7>10.

how does that end up with a licened win10, unless buying a win7 license and doing it within whatever that time frame was.

You can upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7, but not from XP to 7. Some folks who apparently have a pile of operating systems discs have proposed that one could upgrade from XP to Vista, then from Vista to Windows 7, but I think that's insane.

 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i5-8400
    Motherboard
    gigabyte b365m ds3h
    Memory
    2x8gb 3200mhz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    benq gw2480
    PSU
    bequiet pure power 11 400CM
    Cooling
    cryorig m9i
  • Operating System
    win7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    pentium g5400
    Motherboard
    gigabyte b365m ds3h
    Memory
    1x8gb 2400
    PSU
    xfx pro 450

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