windows 11 upgrade + hardware upgrade


daniels471

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Hi , so my current pc is not supported by windows 11, so im running windows 10 currently .

im currently looking to upgrade my pc to an 11th gen i5 and equivent motherboard.

how will this work in regards to keeping windows activated moving to windows 11 ,

am i best to try to use one of the workarounds for systems with no tpm or supported cpu ( i do have secure boot ) and then upgrade the hardware .

or should i switch my current ssd into the new hardware.

any thoughts or expereiences would be helpful as i really dont want to have to fork out another £100 ish for a new license
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 10
I had a PC that wouldn't support Windows 11 and found that a Bios setting change in security was all that was needed. TPM was installed but was not turned on.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 64Bit
    CPU
    Intel Core i3 10100 @ 3.60GHz Comet Lake 14nm Tech
    Motherboard
    ASRock H410M-HDV (CPUSocket)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    2048MB ATI Radeon RX550/550 Series (ASRock)
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    (2)DELL S2721HS (1920x1080@60Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080@60Hz
    Hard Drives
    931GB Crucial CT1000MX500SSD1 (SATA (SSD))
    465GB Samsung SSD 870 EVO 500GB (SATA (SSD)) 25 °C
    931GB Inateck ASM1153E SCSI Disk Device (USB (SATA) ) 32 °C
    1863GB JMicron Generic SCSI Disk Device (USB (SATA) )
    PSU
    Gamdias Kratos M1-750B 750W ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Non-Modular Active PFC Power Supply with Built-in RGB Lighting Effects and Addressable LEDs
    Cooling
    Fans
    Keyboard
    ARTECK
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    252.23 Mbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes premium
    Other Info
    Sound Cards
    Playback Devices
    Speakers (2- Xonar SoundCard)
    Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio) (default)
    Speakers (Yeti Stereo Microphone)
    SPDIF Interface (2- Xonar SoundCard)
    Recording Devices
    Microphone (Yeti Stereo Microphone)
    Line (2- Xonar SoundCard)
    Microphone (2- Xonar SoundCard) (default)
    Microphone (Live Streamer CAM313 Microphone)
how will this work in regards to keeping windows activated moving to windows 11 ,
If the OS Isn't OEM, and you're using a Microsoft Account to log into Windows, simply log into the new build with you MS Account, and Windows will activate on the new machine. Period. That's it.

If the OS is OEM (Windows 11 came with the machine), you'll need to acquire a new OS as that one it tied to the hardware it was installed on.

Missed this part...
Hi , so my current pc is not supported by windows 11, so im running windows 10 currently .
Going by the above, install Win 10, than upgrade to Windows 11. Again, assuming your current OS isn't OEM.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 (Build 22631.3007)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    Intel i9-9900K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Xtreme
    Memory
    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair RGB Dominator Platinum (3600Mhz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon VII
    Sound Card
    Onboard (ESS Sabre HiFi using Realtek drivers)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    NEC PA242w (24 inch)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    5 Samsung SSD drives: 2X 970 NVME (512 & 1TB), 3X EVO SATA (2X 2TB, 1X 1TB)
    PSU
    EVGA Super Nova I000 G2 (1000 watt)
    Case
    Cooler Master H500M
    Cooling
    Corsair H115i RGB Platinum
    Keyboard
    Logitech Craft
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    500mb Download. 11mb Upload
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    System used for gaming, photography, audiophile media center, work.
  • Operating System
    Win 10 Pro 22H2 (build 19045.2130)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-7700K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-Z270X-GAMING 8
    Memory
    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair Dominator Platinum (3333Mhz)
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R9 Fury
    Sound Card
    Onboard (Creative Sound Blaster certified ZxRi)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U2415 (24 inch)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    3 Samsung SSD drives: 1x 512gig 950 NVMe drive (OS drive), 1 x 512gig 850 Pro, 1x 256gig 840 Pro.
    PSU
    EVGA Super Nova 1000 P2 (1000 watt)
    Case
    Phantek Enthoo Luxe
    Cooling
    Corsair H100i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech MK 710
    Internet Speed
    100MB
    Browser
    Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    This is my backup system.
I had a PC that wouldn't support Windows 11 and found that a Bios setting change in security was all that was needed. TPM was installed but was not turned on.
unfortuantly thats not the case for me , this is a quad core athlon pc.

If the OS Isn't OEM, and you're using a Microsoft Account to log into Windows, simply log into the new build with you MS Account, and Windows will activate on the new machine. Period. That's it.
its not oem as far as im aware , i did just check and it does say its activated and lined to a MS account , so i should just be able to change the hardware, do a clean install of win 11 and sign in to activate?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 10
unfortuantly thats not the case for me , this is a quad core athlon pc.


its not oem as far as im aware , i did just check and it does say its activated and lined to a MS account , so i should just be able to change the hardware, do a clean install of win 11 and sign in to activate?
Yes, in theory, that should be all that's needed. Just need to make sure the OS isn't OEM.

Many will post what ifs and maybe so's, but if the OS isn't OEM, and you're using a Microsoft Account, what I post should work.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 (Build 22631.3007)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    Intel i9-9900K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Xtreme
    Memory
    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair RGB Dominator Platinum (3600Mhz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon VII
    Sound Card
    Onboard (ESS Sabre HiFi using Realtek drivers)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    NEC PA242w (24 inch)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    5 Samsung SSD drives: 2X 970 NVME (512 & 1TB), 3X EVO SATA (2X 2TB, 1X 1TB)
    PSU
    EVGA Super Nova I000 G2 (1000 watt)
    Case
    Cooler Master H500M
    Cooling
    Corsair H115i RGB Platinum
    Keyboard
    Logitech Craft
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    500mb Download. 11mb Upload
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    System used for gaming, photography, audiophile media center, work.
  • Operating System
    Win 10 Pro 22H2 (build 19045.2130)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-7700K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-Z270X-GAMING 8
    Memory
    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair Dominator Platinum (3333Mhz)
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R9 Fury
    Sound Card
    Onboard (Creative Sound Blaster certified ZxRi)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U2415 (24 inch)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    3 Samsung SSD drives: 1x 512gig 950 NVMe drive (OS drive), 1 x 512gig 850 Pro, 1x 256gig 840 Pro.
    PSU
    EVGA Super Nova 1000 P2 (1000 watt)
    Case
    Phantek Enthoo Luxe
    Cooling
    Corsair H100i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech MK 710
    Internet Speed
    100MB
    Browser
    Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    This is my backup system.
It may work.

If not, the step I'd try would be the activation troubleshooter.

If that fails, you could contact Microsoft activation support by telephone. Based on a single personal experience, you may have to call more than once to get a competent tech.
 

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)
If I do need to reactivate , what's the best way to get my product key out of my system as I believe the sticker either got misplaced or was on a previous case which I had this system in
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 10
Yes, in theory, that should be all that's needed. Just need to make sure the OS isn't OEM.

Many will post what ifs and maybe so's, but if the OS isn't OEM, and you're using a Microsoft Account, what I post should work.
OEM v. Retail no longer matters. If you happen to have an installation of Windows 10 that shows it is activated on the OEM channel, just change the product key to the retail generic product key for that version and it will switch to activated on the retail channel.


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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!
My opinion is get Windows 10 working and activated on the new hardware first, then upgrade to Windows 11.

EDIT:
Actually my opinion has changed. Unless you have installed programs/user data that you want to keep intact. Just go straight to the clean install of Windows 11 and transfer license via Microsoft Account.
 
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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!
My opinion is get Windows 10 working and activated on the new hardware first, then upgrade to Windows 11.
Using the old OS drive, or a clean install?
 

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)
Using the old OS drive, or a clean install?
Actually, I just realized what you are probably hinting at is correct :-). The activation process for Windows on the new hardware would be exactly the same regardless if the old OS was moved or a clean install was done. So - I change my opinion. Unless the user wants to keep any software/user data intact from the old system, just start right off with a clean install of Windows 11!
 

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!
OEM v. Retail no longer matters.

God to know. Didn't know that changed as I only use retail OS'.

And for me, Install the OS drive to the new build. Sign-in to active Windows, and upgrade to 11 :)

And as always... backup first!!!
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 (Build 22631.3007)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    Intel i9-9900K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Xtreme
    Memory
    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair RGB Dominator Platinum (3600Mhz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon VII
    Sound Card
    Onboard (ESS Sabre HiFi using Realtek drivers)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    NEC PA242w (24 inch)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    5 Samsung SSD drives: 2X 970 NVME (512 & 1TB), 3X EVO SATA (2X 2TB, 1X 1TB)
    PSU
    EVGA Super Nova I000 G2 (1000 watt)
    Case
    Cooler Master H500M
    Cooling
    Corsair H115i RGB Platinum
    Keyboard
    Logitech Craft
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    500mb Download. 11mb Upload
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    System used for gaming, photography, audiophile media center, work.
  • Operating System
    Win 10 Pro 22H2 (build 19045.2130)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-7700K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-Z270X-GAMING 8
    Memory
    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair Dominator Platinum (3333Mhz)
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R9 Fury
    Sound Card
    Onboard (Creative Sound Blaster certified ZxRi)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U2415 (24 inch)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    3 Samsung SSD drives: 1x 512gig 950 NVMe drive (OS drive), 1 x 512gig 850 Pro, 1x 256gig 840 Pro.
    PSU
    EVGA Super Nova 1000 P2 (1000 watt)
    Case
    Phantek Enthoo Luxe
    Cooling
    Corsair H100i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech MK 710
    Internet Speed
    100MB
    Browser
    Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    This is my backup system.
I just went through something like this. Had an Athlon quad core that didn't qualify for Win11 so I bought a new mobo, a ryzen 5 5600G, memory, and an m.2 ssd. Tried to boot the old sata SSD on the new system with no luck so disconnected the old drive and installed Win11 on the new M.2 drive.

Attempted to transfer the digital license for my old machine to the new machine but it wasn't recognized. So I wrote to MS support and didn't hear from them for three days (not sure what the typical response time is). In trying to Activate the result was always a suggestion to either enter the Win10 key or buy a new license. In frustration I entered the key from Win8 that I purchased in 2012 from Newegg and it activated instantly. I tried this because my Win10 license was descended from that Win8 license via upgrades.

Once Win11 was installed I connected the old sata SSD and it works normally, allowed rapid copying of old data to the new SSD. Not sure why it wouldn't boot Win10, possibly it needed different drivers for the new processor?

I have changed either the mobo or the disk a couple times previously using the digital license with no difficulty. Changing mobo and disk at the same time isn't something I've done before and changing from Win10 to Win11 coupled with this new hardware was apparently more than the digital license could handle.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Ryzen 5 5600G
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro AC
    Memory
    Ripjaws 2x8GB 3600
    Graphics Card(s)
    CPU internal
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sharp LC-32D64U
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WD_Black SN770 250GB
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts 380w
    Case
    Antec Sonata
    Cooling
    Scythe Mugen
    Keyboard
    Microsoft KU-0459
    Mouse
    Gaming Mouse (eBay)
    Internet Speed
    500/500
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Low noise, low power dissipation
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    AMD 5350
    Motherboard
    ASUS AM1I-A
    Memory
    8GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Kingston 120GB SSD
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts 380W
    Case
    Antec NSK 3180
    Cooling
    AMD
    Mouse
    Dell
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    440/20
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
Actually, I just realized what you are probably hinting at is correct :). The activation process for Windows on the new hardware would be exactly the same regardless if the old OS was moved or a clean install was done. So - I change my opinion. Unless the user wants to keep any software/user data intact from the old system, just start right off with a clean install of Windows 11!

I usually don't hint. You are a much more experienced in Windows installation than me, and I wondered what you regarded as the best path.
 

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)
Windows 10 is fully supported up to approximately Oct 2025 and there are rumors about Windows 12.

Each operating system has tested / approved hardware.

Unless there are hardware problems consider waiting until there is information about Windows 12 Pluton.

 

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 all your responses , i didnt see them all sooner due to not getting the emails come through after the first few replies.

I have checked, it is definitely retail ,

and preferably i would like to do a clean install of windows 11, i will transfer user data either via onedrive or my second hdd

i know i could switch the drive and let it detect hardware changes but this install is pretty clogged up of nonsense so a fresh start would be best.

does anyone have any info on getting my product key out , i have used jelly bean key finder which i have used in the past for win 7 , but with this digital license activation , does anyone know if this key its giving me is indeed the correct one ( not going to post it here before anyone asks :ROFLMAO:)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 10
thanks for all your responses , i didnt see them all sooner due to not getting the emails come through after the first few replies.

I have checked, it is definitely retail ,

and preferably i would like to do a clean install of windows 11, i will transfer user data either via onedrive or my second hdd

i know i could switch the drive and let it detect hardware changes but this install is pretty clogged up of nonsense so a fresh start would be best.

does anyone have any info on getting my product key out , i have used jelly bean key finder which i have used in the past for win 7 , but with this digital license activation , does anyone know if this key its giving me is indeed the correct one ( not going to post it here before anyone asks :ROFLMAO:)


Use showkeyplus from MS Store - written by a tenforums regular.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro + others in VHDs
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS Vivobook 14
    CPU
    I7
    Motherboard
    Yep, Laptop has one.
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated Intel Iris XE
    Sound Card
    Realtek built in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    N/A
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Optane NVME SSD, 1 TB NVME SSD
    PSU
    Yep, got one
    Case
    Yep, got one
    Cooling
    Stella Artois
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Mouse
    Bluetooth , wired
    Internet Speed
    72 Mb/s :-(
    Browser
    Edge mostly
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    TPM 2.0
Download and install (free or trial version): Belarc Advisor | Belarc, Inc.

Consider performing a custom install to save important files to Windows.old > install drivers > install applications > restore important files

Or backup important files > clean install > install drivers > install applications > restore important files




 

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
Keep in mind you will have to buy new ram as well. Something else. Not that it won't work, but if you use your old HDD, you won't be utilizing one of the best features new mobos offer...an M.2 drive. I'm of the opinion that unless one is going to build some super duper gaming rig, buying all these new components just to run 11 is a big waste of money. If what you have is running well with 10, use it for 4 1/2 more years. I can't understand why anyone would do all this when with a little searching, especially during sales, you can find a fully equipped prebuilt machine with 11 already on it for around $600. An extra bonus, you will have a modern case as well.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3155
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
does anyone have any info on getting my product key out , i have used jelly bean key finder which i have used in the past for win 7 , but with this digital license activation , does anyone know if this key its giving me is indeed the correct one ( not going to post it here before anyone asks :ROFLMAO:)

I think that question was answered earlier...
If the OS Isn't OEM, and you're using a Microsoft Account to log into Windows, simply log into the new build with you MS Account, and Windows will activate on the new machine. Period. That's it.

If the OS is OEM (Windows 11 came with the machine), you'll need to acquire a new OS as that one it tied to the hardware it was installed on.

Missed this part...

Going by the above, install Win 10, than upgrade to Windows 11. Again, assuming your current OS isn't OEM.

And your reply was...
its not oem as far as im aware , i did just check and it does say its activated and lined to a MS account , so i should just be able to change the hardware, do a clean install of win 11 and sign in to activate?
To which my answer was...
Yes, in theory, that should be all that's needed. Just need to make sure the OS isn't OEM.

If the license is tied to your account as you say, all you'd need to do is log into your new build and Windows should activate with said license.

I think you're making a simple process sound far more complicated than it is :wink:

And before doing anything, make sure your backup!!!
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 (Build 22631.3007)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    Intel i9-9900K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Xtreme
    Memory
    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair RGB Dominator Platinum (3600Mhz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon VII
    Sound Card
    Onboard (ESS Sabre HiFi using Realtek drivers)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    NEC PA242w (24 inch)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    5 Samsung SSD drives: 2X 970 NVME (512 & 1TB), 3X EVO SATA (2X 2TB, 1X 1TB)
    PSU
    EVGA Super Nova I000 G2 (1000 watt)
    Case
    Cooler Master H500M
    Cooling
    Corsair H115i RGB Platinum
    Keyboard
    Logitech Craft
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    500mb Download. 11mb Upload
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    System used for gaming, photography, audiophile media center, work.
  • Operating System
    Win 10 Pro 22H2 (build 19045.2130)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-7700K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-Z270X-GAMING 8
    Memory
    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair Dominator Platinum (3333Mhz)
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R9 Fury
    Sound Card
    Onboard (Creative Sound Blaster certified ZxRi)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U2415 (24 inch)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    3 Samsung SSD drives: 1x 512gig 950 NVMe drive (OS drive), 1 x 512gig 850 Pro, 1x 256gig 840 Pro.
    PSU
    EVGA Super Nova 1000 P2 (1000 watt)
    Case
    Phantek Enthoo Luxe
    Cooling
    Corsair H100i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech MK 710
    Internet Speed
    100MB
    Browser
    Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    This is my backup system.

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