How To Transfer Your Windows 10 License to Another Computer


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Uninstall: slmgr.vbs /upk
Install: slmgr.vbs /ipk *Your Product Key Here*

Find Your Product Key:

While in most scenarios, transferring a Windows 10 license (product key) to another device isn’t something that regular users need to do, there are many situations when such process may come in handy.

Usually, transferring the product key could be a good way to save money if you’re building a new computer, and you’re planning to retire your previous system. You need to move the license to another virtual machine. You’re about to sell your computer, but you want to keep the license. Or you’re working with a macOS device, and you want to work with Windows 10 using Boot Camp, but you don’t want to pay again for another copy.

Although moving a license to a new machine can be a straightforward process, you might be able to do this only depending on how Windows 10 was originally obtained.

How to tell if a Windows 10 product key is transferable
If you have purchased a retail copy of Windows 10, then you’re entitled to transfer the license to another device multiple times. The same is true when upgrading a retail copy of Windows 8.x or Windows 7 to Windows 10, and you want to move the product key to another device.

Generally speaking, you can transfer a retail license as many times as you need, but depending on the scenario, and the number of times you transferred a product key, you may start getting an activation error. When this happens, you’ll need to contact Microsoft to explain the situation and fully activate.

On the other hand, when purchasing a new computer with Windows 10 pre-installed, you’re getting an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) license. This means that you’re not allowed to transfer the product key to another device (under the Microsoft rules). The same will be true when upgrading a device that came with Windows 8.x or Windows 7 pre-installed, because these are OEM licenses, after upgrading to Windows 10, the machine will inherit the OEM rights.

If you have an OEM license, you’ll need to purchase a device that comes with Windows 10 pre-installed, or purchase a retail copy of Windows 10.

How to transfer a Windows 10 product key to a new PC
If you have a computer with a retail version of Windows 10, you can transfer the product key to a new computer using these steps.

This tutorial will apply for computers, laptops, desktops,and tablets running the Windows 10 operating system (Home, Professional, Enterprise, Education) from all supported hardware manufactures, like Dell, HP, Acer, Asus, Toshiba,Lenovo, and Samsung).


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  1. To find out if you have an OEM license, do the following:

    Open Start, type: CMD

    Right click CMD

    Click Run as administrator

    At the prompt, type: slmgr.vbs /dlv

    Hit Enter

    If it says OEM in the dialog, then its not transferable.

    If its retail, here is what you need to do first.

    Make sure your license is linked to your account:

    Use a Digital License to Manage and Activate Windows 10

    Next, follow the instructions to transfer:

    How to Transfer your Windows 10 License to a New Computer

    As long as you sign into your Microsoft Account you linked, then you should be able to activate automatically.

  2. Hey. I bought my windows 10 as a disc for my current PC. Now i'm planning to build a new PC, BUT i want to keep my SSD and HDD from my current PC.
    So the question is that do i need to do this process ? Since my windows stays on my SSD, Do i even need to reinstall windows ?
    But everything else changes, so it might not let me use the License i bought, Right ?

    Should i just buy new SSD and and do like you did in this video ?

  3. I have a Gigabyte z170 micro board and want to just take my SSD and put it in another Gigabyte Z170 atx board? I have the key and also have a retail version of windows 10.

  4. I have a laptop, and I'm getting a new pc with no OS, I'm willing to deactivate windows on the laptop (and have the deactivated version of Windows there) and transfer the license key to the new pc, can I do that?

  5. I got Windows 10 Pro through Microsoft Imagine from my university for free practically, I got a CD key and can download it, I used it on my current computer and linked it to my Microsoft account, do I need to deactivate it on the current PC? Or can I just install it into the new one using the CD key and loggin into my account?

  6. If my laptop ever breaks I will loose all of my bought products. And if I get a new one will I have to rebuy everything I owned. I just want to know is Can you transfer all of your account onto another laptop without loosing everything?

  7. So I was planning on building my new PC today, but I realized that I forgot to buy a CPU cooler. However, I had already deactivated Windows 10 on my current computer so that I could reactivate it on my new one. Could I reactivate it onto my current computer and then deactivate it again when I am ready to build? Or can I only do that one time?

  8. i bought an alienware a while back, now that im interested in building my own pc, im interested in transferring the license over. i used the produkey software and was able to get the windows 10 home key, while deactivating on my pc through the powershell. keep getting conflicting info, but since io have the key and deactivated on the AW mobo, should it work on a new mobo? i also heard that its tied to your MS account.

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