02-05-2018 11:53 AM - edited 02-05-2018 11:57 AM
Hello all, so a few years ago my mother bought me a hp pavillion 500-570na desktops pc for christmas as i asked for a desktop.... for gaming. Due to the PC having a 1GB Geforce 705, i decided to upgrade the graphics card, but to be able to do that i had to upgrade the motherboard also to a MSI Z97 g5 and a 1050ti 4GB, now, from what i think, my pc is techniqually a different PC due to the new motherboard.
Eversince i upgraded i have has a text on the bottom right reading " Activate Windows, Go to settings to activate windows" since i bought the pc with windows pre installed i have no activation code, is there a way to get one withput buying one, or moving the windows from the old pc to this one. i tried to move it by signing in on my self but it kept failing for no clear reason and telling me to try later.
Please help, Many thanks!
02-05-2018 12:55 PM
> from what i think, my PC is technically a different PC due to the new motherboard.
Agreed, and it probably has a new CPU and new (integrated) network adapter.
The Windows Activation process counts "points" for changing components:
* 1 for changing RAM,
* 3 for changing network card,
* more than 1 for changing motherboard.
Accumulate "too many" points, and you have a "different" computer, as you have found out.
> Ever since I upgraded, I have a text on the bottom-left reading "Activate Windows, Go to setting to activate windows" .
> Since I bought the PC with Windows pre installed I have no activation code.
If you bought it with Windows 7 pre-installed, there should be a decal on the case, showing the 25-character product-key.
If you bought it with Windows 8 or 10 pre-installed, the product-key is electronically embedded in the motherboard.
So, if you still have the motherboard, and an empty work-table:
* put the motherboard onto the table,
* connect a keyboard & mouse & the original disk-drive & a monitor,
* connect a power-supply,
* find the two pins on the motherboard that previously connected to the on/off switch,
* quickly touch a screwdriver-tip to the two pins, to simulate pressing the on/off switch,
* hopefully, Windows will boot.
* open a command-line prompt, and enter:
wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey
to display the product-key. Note: 'OA' and 'Or' are "oh", not "zero" characters.
* shutdown & power-off.
Now, you have the product-key, but when you clicked "I agree" when originally setting-up your computer, you agreed that you would use that product-key ONLY on the "original" computer, which, in your situation, no longer exists.
So, using that key is NOT legal.
> Is there a way to get one without buying one,
Not legally, because you clicked "I agree" to the terms of the MIcrosoft Windows Licensing document.
Full disclosure: there is one Other Person on this forum who claims that he has successfully downloaded Windows 10, and entered his product-key taken from a Windows 8 computer, and that Windows 10 successfully installed and activated. I think that what he claims to have done is NOT legal.
02-05-2018 02:26 PM
A new, different model, motherboard equals a new PC.
Microsoft will not provide activation in this case.
Carefully read this response from a Microsoft MVP Community moderator which explains you cannot move a Windows OEM product key or digital entitlement from an HP system to an Asus, or MSI, or Gigabyte, or Biostar, or Asrock branded motherboard. You can transfer a Retail product key to a different motherboard.
Now, carefully read this article, in it's entirety, by Windows expert Ed Bott. This loophole (free upgrade to Windows 10 using a valid Windows 7 or 8 product key) may have now closed.
I installed an unused OEM copy of Windows 7 Pro on a new PC build. Then upgraded Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 Pro, no charge and legal. This was done at the beginning of January 2018. The Windows 10 installation is activated and has a digital license.
The assistive technologies free upgrade, referenced to in Ed Bott's article, is now gone.
Believe a Microsoft MVP or Ed Bott, a Windows expert, or rely or other sources. Your choice.