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New build - can you re-use old windows key?

Bond007

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It’s been a while since I have tried this specifically. My brother is looking to go to a new build (new cpu/mob/ram, but reusing the rest). He has his old win7 oem key, that he upgraded to windows 10. When he rebuilds, is there a way to reuse the old key (just work, or online chat to get it to work, or phone call?), or is over for that key and he needs to buy a new one?
 

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The only answer to this is "try it and see". It might take, it might not.
 

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it's likely to work...might need reactivation though and it could require you to call a support # if it thinks something's wrong. if asked or prompted, just say it's on one PC. you could say you upgraded the mobo because the old one died, if pushed.
 

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If was registerd, friendly is the way to go with phone registration, punch in last win10 key and wait for new one.
Stating replaced mb witch is legitimate.
 

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it's likely to work...might need reactivation though and it could require you to call a support # if it thinks something's wrong. if asked or prompted, just say it's on one PC. you could say you upgraded the mobo because the old one died, if pushed.
If was registerd, friendly is the way to go with phone registration, punch in last win10 key and wait for new one.
Stating replaced mb witch is legitimate.
thanks for the info. It was a win 7 key upgraded to a “digital License” (or whatever terminology they use). Do I have to try a work around to figure out the windows 10 key somehow before swapping the parts then?
 

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thanks for the info. It was a win 7 key upgraded to a “digital License” (or whatever terminology they use). Do I have to try a work around to figure out the windows 10 key somehow before swapping the parts then?
you shouldn't...WIndows will know the 7 key has upgraded to 10 and see it as a 10 key now.
 

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thanks for the info. It was a win 7 key upgraded to a “digital License” (or whatever terminology they use). Do I have to try a work around to figure out the windows 10 key somehow before swapping the parts then?
Should be tied to his Microsoft account, if he opted to login using one. Shouldn't need to enter a key when installing, can just skip it, and once he logs in with his MS account again it should activate. If not, phone option should work to get it going.
 

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JD correct on MS account if w7 was registerd with ms. If not install drive on new hardware but start in safe mode to recover key
 

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