How Does Microsoft ID Motherboard for Windows 10 Upgrade

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  1. Zack Hehmann

    Zack Hehmann Member

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    Hello all,

    I had a motherboard fail on me. I had done a Windows 10 free upgrade with it. I'm curious what ID Microsoft is using to identify the motherboard. I ended up making a post on reddit. I thought you guys might be more knowledgeable.

    Here is my post -


    Link to the reddit post.

    Thanks for your time
     
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  2. maes

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    You likely had Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 with a valid license key beforehand, right?

    The free upgrade mechanism still works fine, so if you're going to reinstall the OS anyway you might start with the most barebone Win-pre-10 install with the valid key you had for that version then do the full upgrade to Win10 Pro?
     
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  3. turgin

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    Don’t even have to install the previous version first. You can still activate windows 10 with the old key.
     
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  4. Zack Hehmann

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    Thanks for the suggestions. Turns out that when I swapped the BIOS chips, the ID that Microsoft uses to identify board was in the BIOS chip and activated Win 10 Pro automatically. I don't know if anyone on the internet discovered it already, but when I searched google for it, I wasn't able to find any results with that info. I may make a post in a few other places about it since I think it's neat and useful information.

    Did anyone else know that is how Microsoft identifies motherboards for Windows activation?
     
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  5. Pouler

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    Are you sure that the Windows 10 can be activated with the old key?
     
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  6. turgin

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    I built a new Windows 10 test vm a month or so ago and it activated just fine.
     
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