Transfer Your Windows 10 License To Another PC

Are you looking for a way to transfer your Windows 10 license to another PC? Well, it depends on the type of Windows 10 license you have recently installed. You might be able to move it to the new PC if required. Microsoft distributed its desktop OS through different market channels over the years. New PCs will often come preinstalled with an OEM license. There are lots of other channels that Microsoft distributes Windows in, these as Volume License, Retail, Academic, and subgroups like Upgrade licenses.

In 2015, Microsoft launched its new model, Windows 10. As it offers the OS to qualifying computers and devices executing Windows 7 or Windows 8 for free. But for a short period of time. Microsoft also provides Windows 10 as a full retail product for PCs without a qualifying license or for those who build PCs.

Transfer Windows 10 License To Another PC:

Move Windows 10 License To Another PC

Find License Type You’ve Installed:

Microsoft explains the Windows 10 free upgrade as a full variant, not just a trial. But Windows 10 free upgrade does have some limitations.

  • When you upgraded from a retail copy of Windows 7/8/8.1. Then Windows 10 license takes the retail rights from which it was derived – can be moved/transferred.
  • In case if you upgraded from an OEM Windows 7/8/8.1 license. Then these licenses come preinstalled on a new PC from a manufacturer, and then your Windows 10 license maintains the OEM rights – can’t be transferred.
  • If you have a complete retail copy of Windows 10, you can move it as many times as you want.
  • After performing an Easy Upgrade to the Windows 10 Pro Pack from Windows 10 Home. You can then move it using Digital Licensing. This is possible due to the Pro Pack.

Earlier, you can identify the channel from which, the license was derived after issuing a specific Windows command. The November Update now explains all licenses upgraded, whether OEM as a retail or full package.

As it affects the rights to what you can do with the license. If it’s retail, you can continue to make hardware changes to your PC like modifying the motherboard or shift it to a different PC. For an OEM variant, if you modify the motherboard then you will have to buy a new full retail Windows 10 license.

After the launch of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft made other improvements to shifting your license using the Digital License feature.

Erase License Then Move To Another PC:

If you want to move a complete Windows 10 license or the free upgrade from a retail variant of Windows 7 or 8.1. Then the license can’t be in active use on a computer. Windows 10 doesn’t provide a deactivation option. Rather than, you have two option:

  • Uninstall the product key – this is like deactivating the Windows License. This technique does not inform Microsoft Activation Servers the license is no longer in use on the PC. Rather than it’ll avoid the conflicts down the road when Microsoft Activation Servers were to detect the license in use on more than one PC.
  • Format the PC– this technique ensures the license is not in use on PC. You can also use the best Reset option in Windows 10 to do this.

Uninstall Windows 10 Product Key

 Windows 10 Product key

Hit Windows key + X then tap Command Prompt (Admin). At the command prompt, input the following command: slmgr.vbs /upk.

This command successfully uninstalls the product key. As it frees the license and you can then use it anywhere.

Now you are free to move your license to another PC. Since the launch of the November Update, Microsoft made it easier to enable Windows 10, using your Windows 8 or 7 product key.

When prompt appears during setup for a product key. Simply tap I don’t have a product key. If you have a complete version of the Windows 10 license bought at a store, you can then input the product key.

Choose the Edition You’re Licensed For

Windows 7 Starter, Home Premium, Home Basic, Windows 8.1 Core: Windows 10 Home

Windows 7 Ultimate, Professional, Windows 8.1 Pro: Windows 10 Pro

However, Windows 10 setup again prompt you for a product key during the Out of Box Experience. Just tap Do this later if you are using a Windows 7 or 8/8.1 product key. If you have a complete version of the Windows 10 license bought at a store, you can input the product key.

How To Reactivate Windows License

After you arrive at the desktop, you want to re-enter your product key. You can do this in different ways, let’s try the simplest method first.

  1. Tap Start > Settings > Update & security > Activation > Change the product key. Input your Windows 7/8.0/8.1 product key then tap Next to activate.
  2. The other option is to input the key from the command prompt. Then hit Windows key + X then tap Command Prompt (Admin). Also, use this option when you are facing difficulty doing so from within Settings.
  3. At the command prompt, input the following command: slmgr.vbs /ipk xxxxx- xxxxx- xxxxx- xxxxx- xxxxx. Then press Enter on your keyboard; you will get a confirmation the product key was updated. Exit the command prompt then proceed further to reactivate by Contact Support or telephone.
  4. Because the Windows 10 license was earlier in use on another PC, you want to reactivate by Contact Support or use the telephone. Hit Windows key + R then typeslui.exe 4 then press Enter on your keyboard. Note: When the slui.exe 4 command stops work, input slui instead, then press Enter.
  5. The activation wizard will successfully launch. Select your country and then tap Next.
  6. Call the number appear on the Activation screen or simply launch Contact Support then explain your problem to the Microsoft Answer Tech; provide the Installation ID.
  7. The agent checks your product key and verifies it. Then it provides a confirmation ID for reactivating Windows 10.

If you buy a Windows 10 Pro Pack, you want to sign in to your Microsoft account just to reactivate using Digital License. A very complex method, I know, but it works perfectly especially with the latest chat support option in Windows 10.


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