Windows activation on new motherboard?


rasmasyean

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Hello,

I installed Windows 11 and it seemed to have activated automatically even though I didn't enter a key in the beginning.
If I change my motherboard, will I still be able to use my Windows 10 license to install Windows 11?

Thanks.
 

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Depends whether it's an OEM or Retail licence. OEM is tied to the motherboard, whereas Retail ones can be transferred to a new PC. Using command prompt enter this command to see what you have

slmgr /dli
 

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How does that work? Is it the MAC address that links it to the Microsoft database?
 

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It says:
Description: Windows(R) Operating System, RETAIL channel

And it gave me some "partial key" (which doesn't match anything I have on record lol). I suppose I need to find out what the rest of the key is.
 

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And it gave me some "partial key" (which doesn't match anything I have on record lol). I suppose I need to find out what the rest of the key is.
As you didn't enter a key, it may be using the appropriate generic key for your edition, Home or Pro. A generic key cannot activate Windows, it will only activate if there is an existing digital licence stored on the MS activation servers for your motherboard's hardware ID. If so, then that implies that this motherboard has previously been used, and that Windows was installed and activated with a key. That is the only way a PC can get a digital licence.


To see the full installed key use ShowKeyPlus. This will also show if there is an OEM key embedded in your motherboard's firmware. If so, then that would be another explanation for the activation.

 

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    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.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
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See the instructions here:

You need a Microsoft Account.
 

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Depends whether it's an OEM or Retail licence. OEM is tied to the motherboard, whereas Retail ones can be transferred to a new PC. Using command prompt enter this command to see what you have

slmgr /dli
Microsoft stopped enforcing the OEM restrictions a long time ago. Any activated Windows 10/11 can be moved to the retail channel simply by changing the product key to the generic for retail.
 

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As you didn't enter a key, it may be using the appropriate generic key for your edition, Home or Pro. A generic key cannot activate Windows, it will only activate if there is an existing digital licence stored on the MS activation servers for your motherboard's hardware ID. If so, then that implies that this motherboard has previously been used, and that Windows was installed and activated with a key. That is the only way a PC can get a digital licence.


To see the full installed key use ShowKeyPlus. This will also show if there is an OEM key embedded in your motherboard's firmware. If so, then that would be another explanation for the activation.


Right on the money!

" * Default key - requires a Digital License for activation "
" OEM key not present in firmware"
 

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Right on the money!

" * Default key - requires a Digital License for activation "
So your m/board has an existing digital license obtained when Windows 10 was previously installed. This is valid for Windows 10/11.

Should you want to change the m/board in the future, first make sure you sign in on the PC with your MS Account, and that Activation says 'activated with a digital license liked to your Microsoft account'. Then, should it fail to activate after a m/board change, you'll be able to use the Activation Troubleshooter.

 

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    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.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
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Wow, that's interesting. Is there a way to check what licenses are linked to your account?
Also, I suppose you can't "transfer" a license to another account (even your own).
 

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Wow, that's interesting. Is there a way to check what licenses are linked to your account?
Also, I suppose you can't "transfer" a license to another account (even your own).
account.microsoft.com/devices
 

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What about VOLUME_MAK licenses?

Is this also transferable to new motherboards?
 

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    MSI Ventus GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
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    3 x ASUS VG278QR 27"
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    1920x1080 165Hz 0.5ms
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    Noctua NH-D15
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    CORSAIR K100 RGB Optical-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
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    MSI Z270 GAMING PLUS
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    Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600)
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    EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB 06G-P4-6163-KR
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What about VOLUME_MAK licenses?

Is this also transferable to new motherboards?
Ask the corporation that issued the volume_mak license, it belongs to them.
 

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    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Education
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    Dell Inspiron 7773
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
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    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce MX150
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    Realtek
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Ask the corporation that issued the volume_mak license, it belongs to them.
It's on a Chinese tablet (Surface clone stuff), that I bought.
I thought maybe I'd get rid of this thing one day but keep the license to be transfered to something else. :p
 

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    G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 64GB (2 x 32GB), Model: F4-4000C18D-64GVK
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    MSI Ventus GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
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    3 x ASUS VG278QR 27"
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    1920x1080 165Hz 0.5ms
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    Noctua NH-D15
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    CORSAIR K100 RGB Optical-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
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It's on a Chinese tablet (Surface clone stuff), that I bought.
I thought maybe I'd get rid of this thing one day but keep the license to be transfered to something else. :p
Then it is an illegitimate license that we don't discuss on this forum.
 

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    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
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    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
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    Windows 11 Education
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    Dell Inspiron 7773
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    Intel i7-8550U
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account.microsoft.com/devices
It appears that simply setting up a Microsoft account login "links" your activation.
So how does this actually work?
Anyone who has MS-loginned on that motherboard can transfer the license to a new motherboard?
Am I missing something here? This sounds strange.
 

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    3 x ASUS VG278QR 27"
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    1920x1080 165Hz 0.5ms
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    Noctua NH-D15
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    CORSAIR K100 RGB Optical-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
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    Intel Core i7-7700K
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    MSI Z270 GAMING PLUS
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    Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600)
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    EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB 06G-P4-6163-KR
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Hello,

I installed Windows 11 and it seemed to have activated automatically even though I didn't enter a key in the beginning.
If I change my motherboard, will I still be able to use my Windows 10 license to install Windows 11?

Thanks.
or you could get a free license if it doesnt work or you can find many ways to register windows online. Cant say those things here cause this is NOT a forum for pirates
 

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or you could get a free license if it doesnt work or you can find many ways to register windows online. Cant say those things here cause this is NOT a forum for pirates
Wasn't there a time when Windows and Adobe or something like that were the most pirated software in history? Now those are the names that define the software industry! haha
 

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rasmasyean

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Microsoft stopped enforcing the OEM restrictions a long time ago. Any activated Windows 10/11 can be moved to the retail channel simply by changing the product key to the generic for retail.
OK so...I found an old motherboard with a VOLUME_MAK and linked it.
I bought a new motherboard and did the "changed hardware" thing on it selecting that old motherboard.
...and it activated and changed it to RETAIL.

So let me get this straight. Anyone with a Microsoft login on an activated PC can transfer that license to an unactivated PC via "changed hardware"?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i9-10850K
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime Z490-A
    Memory
    G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 64GB (2 x 32GB), Model: F4-4000C18D-64GVK
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI Ventus GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x ASUS VG278QR 27"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 165Hz 0.5ms
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15
    Keyboard
    CORSAIR K100 RGB Optical-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-7700K
    Motherboard
    MSI Z270 GAMING PLUS
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB 06G-P4-6163-KR
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sceptre U508CV-UMK 50-Inch Glass 4K Ultra HD 120Hz LED TV
    Screen Resolution
    4K
    Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper T2 Compact CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Anywhere 3
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