So when the motherboard dies, so does that license. Don't fret unless this is some HP or name brand. Microsoft will issue a new key. I don't want to waste a lot of time on this as it's well discussed.
So if it is a board, count on the OS reinstall.
This is why I'd try compound first. Also, the shots are nice but they tell little about the make, model of the PC, the old PSU and the new PSU.
Ok so I had a power surge hit my house and killed my computer. I assume the issue was just the power supply so I ordered one and installed it. It turned on fine and ran for a little while then automatically shut off(it did that several times and sometimes the power would be on and the monitor wouldn't show anything). I googled what could cause that and saw couple problems like check power supply fan, motherboard probably got sizzled, heatsink(check thermal compound). All fans are running fine and I check the thermal compound(buying some more tomorrow because it needs some). I assume it is the motherboard also which leads me to some questions.
1. Could my issue be the motherboard?
2. Could it be in need of thermal compound?
3. ASROCK fm2aa55m-vg3+ is my motherboard but I can't find it anywhere online for sale as I assume it's discontinued and an oldie. Is there a newer one that I can just pop out the old and pop in the new without going through hoops? Thanks a million!
Here are some of my computers info...