Clean install of Windows 11 using Windows 10 Digital license

Bogumil Sekulski 0 Reputation points

Hi, my cpu is not supported by windows 11, so im changing motherboard and cpu on my PC.
I want to do a fresh install of Windows 11 on it after changing the parts.
I have a Windows 10 digital license connected to Microsoft account.
I plan to use a bootable USB created using Windows 11 Installation Media, i will be using a SSD to install on.
Is it possible to do it, while changing hardware and Windows edition?

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  1. Q&A Assist
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    Yes, it is possible to do a fresh install of Windows 11 on your PC after changing the motherboard and CPU, while using a Windows 10 digital license connected to your Microsoft account. You can use a bootable USB created using Windows 11 Installation Media to install it on your SSD. However, you need to make sure that your PC meets the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11. If your PC does not meet the minimum hardware requirements, you will not be able to install Windows 11 on it.


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  2. Lei Tao (Shanghai Wicresoft Co Ltd) 300 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi @Bogumil Sekulski

    If you have replaced your motherboard and CPU, then you will need to reactivate Windows 10 or purchase a new Windows 11 license. If your Windows 10 digital license is already associated with your Microsoft account, you can reactivate Windows 10 on new hardware. If you want to upgrade to Windows 11, you'll need to purchase a new Windows 11 license. For more information about reactivating Windows after a hardware change, please see

    You can use Windows 11 installation media to create a bootable USB, and then install Windows 11 on the new hardware. During the installation process, you will be asked to enter your Windows 11 license key. If you've already purchased a Windows 11 license, you can enter the key at this point. If you have not purchased a license, you can choose to skip this step and purchase a license after the installation is complete.

    Please note that replacing hardware and changing the Windows version may result in data loss. Be sure to back up your important data before making any changes.

    Hope it helps.


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