Method of installation to use

Discussion in 'Windows 10 Upgrade and Installation' started by Jasminer, Jan 25, 2016.

  1. Jasminer

    Jasminer Member

    Jan 25, 2016
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    Hi, i am changing the motherboard on this computer of mine as one of the RAM slots and a PCI-E slot have stopped working. I have OEM version of Win 7 which i upgraded to Win 10 on this. I had also created a USB media for Win 10.
    Looking at some of the forums, i can see that some people say that the COA key is somehow in the BIOS and when doing a clean install it shouldn't ask for a COA key. My issue is i am changing the motherboard.
    Should i be installing a clean install from USB or should i try to install Win 7 and then wait for the upgrade message and then do it that way.
    Just not sure if this will cause some problems with my OEM key.
  2. Sonny

    Sonny Fantastic Member

    Nov 17, 2009
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    A few months ago I had to replace a motherboard and called Microsoft to see if I could just do a clean install with win 10. I was told I would have to put windows 8 back in since that is what I had before windows 10. they might have changed that I don't know but call Microsoft and ask them . My guess is you will have to put Win 7 back in and then upgrade to 10. Once you put Win 7 back in you might be able to use the Media Creation Tool to upgrade to windows 10.

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