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Windows 8.1 to Windows 10

Scorpiiious
  • 52 months ago

I have Windows 8.1 on my laptop which I haven't upgraded to Windows 10 cause I wasn't sure if my laptop could handle it.

I will be building my first pc soon and I was wondering since I never queued for windows 10, if I still can somehow instead of going out buying a new copy to save some money. Or am I better off having a physical copy?? ($140)

  1. What is safer by USB or CD?
  2. What size USB do I need?

Sorry I've never done this before and I am thinking of going with a case without an optical drive bay. Thanks :)

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I have most parts now, just not the motherboard or case yet.. or cpu cooler

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor Purchased For $224.95
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $55.00 @ PCCaseGear
Motherboard Asus H170-PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $169.00 @ Centre Com
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory Purchased For $80.00
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $111.20
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $68.00
Video Card PNY GeForce GTX 970 4GB XLR8 Video Card Purchased For $0.00
Case Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX Mid Tower Case $249.00 @ Scorptec
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $159.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1116.15
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-12 10:12 AEDT+1100
  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I have Windows 8.1 on my laptop which I haven't upgraded to Windows 10 cause I wasn't sure if my laptop could handle it...

Link: ZDNet

...if I still can somehow instead of going out buying a new copy to save some money.

Explain.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the link :D

I wasn't sure if Windows 10 was still free, and if I was able to copy it to a USB on my new pc once I build it.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Microsoft:

Q. Can a PC with an OEM Windows operating system have its motherboard upgraded and keep the same license? What if it was replaced because it was defective?

A. Generally, an end user can upgrade or replace all of the hardware components on a computer—except the motherboard—...

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

More complicated than I thought. Lol

Thanks for your help though!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Bottom line: The OEM versions of Windows are tied to the original mobo that it was installed on. Not transferable at all.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

i have the same prob, so, if I'm upgrading my motherboard do I have to get/buy another copy or something for the Operating System? Then is the OEM version worth it? So confused..... ):

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