How to upgrade motherboard and CPU without reinstalling Windows 10?

I would like to upgrade the motherboard and CPU of my computer, which runs Windows 10. However, I would prefer to avoid reinstalling the operating system. The OS is installed to an M.2 NVMe drive on an AM3+ socket motherboard, and I will be upgrading to an AM4 socket motherboard.

  • Is there any procedure I have to perform to prepare the computer for the new motherboard? Should I uninstall any drivers or motherboard-specific software in advance?
  • How do I ensure that my license key is accepted by the new board? I made a digital purchase of Windows 10 Pro from the Microsoft store for this computer, and want to make sure the license transfers to the new board when I upgrade.
  • Are there any caveats to the process, things I should watch out for, or possible performance issues that may be caused by old configuration files or leftover drivers?

All help is greatly appreciated.

Hi geofurb

My name is Andre Da Costa; an Independent Consultant, Windows Insider MVP and Windows & Devices for IT MVP. I'm here to help you with your problem.

Windows 10 has pretty good hardware detection. So, all you will need to do is reinstall the SSD on the new motherboard boot up.

Some things you can do to ensure it works properly.

- Uninstall your display drivers.
- Uninstall third party Antivirus or other security software installed.

If what you have is a retail version of Window 10 installed, first make sure the licensed is linked to your Microsoft Account:

Once the license is linked, you can then use the troubleshooter to reactivate if needed under the new motherboard. If not successful, you might need to contact support:

You can also call support:

How to use the troubleshooter:
Best regards,
Andre Da Costa
Independent Advisor for Directly

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Last updated June 12, 2021 Views 52,454 Applies to: