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Posted 6/19/16
So I rebuilt a new PC recently. Everything is completely new except for the HDD. The HDD was already pre-loaded with Windows 8 and I upgraded to 10 later on (before I build my new PC). I get everything up and running on the new PC with my old HDD and now I got this obnoxious "Activate Windows" watermark in my screen.

Is there any way to change my copy over to the new motherboard? Or do I really have to go and buy the stupid Win10 OS for $85-$110? Can't even watch any of my shows without "ACTIVATE WINDOWS" pinned on my screen.

If there's no other way out from buying the stupid thing, are there any other Linux OS that work great nowadays that'll do everything a Windows OS can (Work with my new hardware, run all my Steam games smoothly, run iTunes or w/e, Torrent, ect.)?
Posted 6/19/16
The motherboard is irrelevant to your OS, unless it's Macintosh, so I don't know what you're asking.
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If I'm not mistaken, you will probably need the serial key for that windows installation. If this was pre-installed with your previous setup, and the computer was pre-assembled, there should be a sticker on the outside of the case somewhere with a windows serial key on it. That key is what you need to activate your windows and I don't believe there's much you can do without it. Your key for a previous version of windows will still suffice I believe - so if you have it, enter it.

I personally dislike Linux. If I installed it, I would most definitely find "that one game" I couldn't play or program I couldn't run. Over and over.

You may be able to use a tool of some sort to find the serial key as well, though I can't recommend anything myself as I've never done it and am far from informed.
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Posted 6/19/16

VeggyZ wrote:

If I'm not mistaken, you will probably need the serial key for that windows installation. If this was pre-installed with your previous setup, and the computer was pre-assembled, there should be a sticker on the outside of the case somewhere with a windows serial key on it. That key is what you need to activate your windows and I don't believe there's much you can do without it. Your key for a previous version of windows will still suffice I believe - so if you have it, enter it.

I personally dislike Linux. If I installed it, I would most definitely find "that one game" I couldn't play or program I couldn't run. Over and over.

You may be able to use a tool of some sort to find the serial key as well, though I can't recommend anything myself as I've never done it and am far from informed.


Oh wow, why didn't I ever think of that. Yea I have my old frame sitting on the ground right next to me and putting in the Serial on that worked. TYVM!
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Posted 6/19/16

Kazzooey wrote:
Oh wow, why didn't I ever think of that. Yea I have my old frame sitting on the ground right next to me and putting in the Serial on that worked. TYVM!


Heck yeah!
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Posted 6/22/16
I've seen, from a messageboard for [email protected], that every time an activation code is used (and 'Preinstalled' counts as used, maybe), the code is sent to MS with basic system info like board type, hard drive type- it's to make sure (from MS's point of view) that you're not just paying for 1 code and using it to activate all of your friends computers.
I've also heard that after 180 days you can re-use that code, in case you did an upgrade and the server says "This seems to be a different computer!"
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