I'm sure this question has been asked several times. But browsing through all the threads I get confused because all cases have different suggestions and none of them seem to apply to my specific situation.
I have a product key for Windows 8 Pro. I am currently running Windows 10 Pro, upgraded freely from this Windows 8 Pro installation.
I'm about to upgrade my computer with a new motherboard, CPU and memory. I built the computer myself. The old and the new. It's not branded, or OEM.
What is the best practice for upgrading my motherboard, CPU and memory in regard to windows activation?
1. Just pop my old SSD with Windows 10 in to the new hardware and activate using my Windows 8 pro product key. (this might not work?)
2. Do a fresh install of Windows 8 Pro using my old product key, and then an upgrade to Windows 10 and my Windows 10 Pro license will be transfered to new hardware.
3. Do a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro and possibly need to call Microsoft for sorting the license, or just log in with my Microsoft account and I will get the opportunity to transfer my license? (Is this an option? Is the license bound to my Microsoft account? Because that would be awesome!)
4. Buy a new Windows 10 Pro license. Not really an option, it costs as much as 16GB of memory! =:O
5. Just use the old Windows 8 and forget about Windows 10, and get that 16GB of memory instead! =:)
6. Linux? ..sorry I had to ;-)
EDIT: I might have found an answer here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/forum/insider_wintp-insider_install/moving-windows-10-to-a-new-computer/70aeae9a-0a7c-4e8a-adf6-35b6ec178f46?auth=1
A few questions remains though.
1. How do I know if my previous licence for Windows 8 was retail or OEM? From what I can learn from the thread I linked a retail version is entitled for a transfer to new hardware.
2. How is the transfer done? Do I make a call or is it done automatically when using my W8 product key in W8? Do I get to upgrade after?
Thanks in advance!
Original title: PC Upgrade and Windows Activation