Windows 10 activating or how not to attach it to just 1 PC?

SpongeBob

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Terrible title I know, long story short my current windows10 key that I am using I don't want it just linked to this PC For instance I'm moving most of my hardware to a new motherboard next week. I won't be using this rig anymore but I want to still use my copy of windows. I could have sworn I remember reading about linking to a micosoft email account or something? I'm not having much searching this topic as you can tell not sure how to word the question.
 

pendragon1

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Terrible title I know, long story short my current windows10 key that I am using I don't want it just linked to this PC For instance I'm moving most of my hardware to a new motherboard next week. I won't be using this rig anymore but I want to still use my copy of windows. I could have sworn I remember reading about linking to a micosoft email account or something? I'm not having much searching this topic as you can tell not sure how to word the question.
retail or oem key?
 

bigdogchris

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After you build the new system, just re-enter the product key if it comes up as not activated (though I recommend reinstalling when you replace motherboard). If the activation fails, call Microsoft and tell them you replaced the motherboard. It's really pretty simple.
 

Bowman15

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After you build the new system, just re-enter the product key if it comes up as not activated (though I recommend reinstalling when you replace motherboard). If the activation fails, call Microsoft and tell them you replaced the motherboard. It's really pretty simple.

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vick1000

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OEM key is one use only, and tied to the device (motherboard). Retail version can be installed on one machine at a time, moved as many times as you require.
 

SpongeBob

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So what does this do then, or is it pointless?


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B00nie

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Microsoft account makes it easier for them to tie the data they mine from your computer to your actual identity. So it helps MS business.
 
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bigdogchris

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I don't use that 'feature' because I don't want to sign into my PC with a Microsoft account.
 
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