Will the license Windows 10 be lost after replacing components

The question is repeated.

On my PC c Windows 10 Home 1809, updated from 7. I want to upgrade to SSD and change the motherboard and processor. How to transfer an OS without losing the rights to it?


Expert answer:

Hello Sergey!

Since the last provided answer to your question, nothing has changed in the license transfer issue Windows 10 when replacing components.

Based on the fact that you participated in the free upgrade promotion, then according to company policy Microsoft, an OEM license was granted for you. That is, your copy Windows was tied to the configuration of the computer, and changing components will be regarded as using another computer.

Now, if you pay attention to the End User License Agreement Windows 10, which you were obliged to do directly when upgrading to a new version of the operating system, you will be able to see the following points:

Section 4-a of the license agreement Windows 10.

Software preinstalled on the device. If the software was purchased preinstalled on the device (or if the software was updated from the version preinstalled on the device), you may transfer the license to use the software directly to another user only in conjunction with the licensed device. The software must be transferred, as well as a genuine product key sticker Windows, if there is one on the device. Prior to any permitted transfer, the other party must agree that this agreement applies to the transfer and use of the software.

OEM Licensing Terms: “When replacing any component of the computer other than the motherboard, the user retains the right to use the OEM license. When replacing the motherboard, a new operating system license is required, unless the motherboard is replaced with a similar or identical one during warranty repair.”

Accordingly, if you are an OEM license holder, then you:

  • have the right to replace various components of your device, except for the motherboard;
  • do not have the right to replace the motherboard of the device or transfer the license to another device;

With the release of the Activation Assistant Windows 10, nothing has changed in the licensing terms.

Bottom line: if you replace the motherboard, you will have to purchase a new license.

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