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  • Question

  • I purchased Windows 8 OEM then upgraded to Windows 10 for free.  My motherboard is a Intel DH87MC and  is going bad, I have been looking for another one but Intel stopped making them, I did find a Intel DH87RL.  Would that be considered the same motherboard to use my Windows 10 on?  Or do I need to purchase another license?

    The driver disk included in both motherboard boxes has a driver disk for both DH87MC and DH87RL.  The only difference is one is a full size ATX the other a Mini.

    Friday, January 29, 2016 2:44 PM


  • If the motherboard is failing and must be replaced, then you can still use the OEM Windows license.  All you have to do if product activation fails is to use the activate by phone method and speak with a Microsoft activation representative and explain your situation.

    Activating Windows 10 after a hardware configuration change

    If you upgraded to Windows 10 using the free upgrade offer and then made significant hardware changes to your device, such as replacing the motherboard, Windows 10 might no longer be activated. For help on how to activate your device, contact customer support.

    Carey Frisch

    Saturday, January 30, 2016 7:40 AM