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  • How do I activate Windows after changing out my motherboard? My product has been deemed invalid? I can not afford to buy another version of Windows... I just spent a boatload of cash on a new mobo because my last one fried! Please help and thank you very much.
    Thursday, November 5, 2015 2:59 AM

Answers

  • Upgrading a motherboard is regarded the same as changing the computer, as far as Windows Licensing is concerned.

    As such, if your original License was an OEM one, then the license is no longer valid.

    If your original license was Retail, then it's likely that a simple Telephone activation is all that is required.

    To properly analyse and solve problems with Activation and Validation, we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool

    (download and save to desktop - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 )

     Once saved, run the tool.

    Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.

     To copy the report to your response, click on the Copy button in the tool (ignore any error messages at this point), and then paste (using either r-click/Paste, or Ctrl+V ) into your response.x

      - in your own thread, please

    Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/howtotell/Hardware.aspx


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi
    CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    No - I do not work for Microsoft, or any of its contractors.

    Thursday, November 5, 2015 9:07 AM
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