This is going to get a little convoluted. I'll do my best..
I currently have Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit that I purchased as an OEM license from Newegg. In a month or so (depending on the release date) I intend to upgrade to an Intel Skylake CPU and new Z170 motherboard. It is my understanding that the OEM license is linked to my motherboard, and that a new motherboard thus requires a new Windows product key. However, a significant number of people swear that I can contact Microsoft and free up the license for a new board—if anyone is familiar with this, how is it done, and how commonly is it successful?
Complicating the issue is that I attempted to purchase a discounted copy of Windows 8.1 Pro from an university software provider that my mother has access to. The intent was that I could purchase this copy to install on the new system for a very low price and not have to worry about it. However, the provider's site did a poor job of describing the products and what I ended up with is a product key for a Windows 8.1 Pro Upgrade. My understanding is that I can only use this code to upgrade an existing version of Windows. Am I correct in assuming that? Is there any way I could use this code to clean install Windows 8.1 Pro to a new system?
The fact that the upgrade is for the Pro version means that it could qualify me for an upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. So if there's some way to use it on the new system, that would be great, but I think I need a copy of Windows on it first. Basically what I'm looking for is the cheapest and most reliable legitimate way to end up with Windows 10 Pro on my new system.
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