Windows 10, the newest operating system, is popular but very expensive. If you have installed Windows 10 on an old computer and want to transfer Windows 10 license to new computer, what should you do? Take it easy now and MiniTool Solution can help you easily finish Windows 10 license transfer.
No matter you are a home user or enterprise user, you need to purchase a Windows 10 license. This could cost you much money. Due to this, you may want to transfer your license to a new computer or hard drive if your old drive is damaged or old PC turns corrupted or you are selling the old computer.
Now here comes a question: do you only want to transfer the license to a new PC or move the entire OS with all apps and files to a new PC? If it is the latter, refer to this post - How to Transfer Operating System from One Computer to Another (2 Ways).
If it is just the license, read this post to know how to transfer a Windows 10 license.
Determine If Your License Is Transferable
Sometimes Microsoft likes to complicate things, for example, this company distributes their Windows 10 licenses through different channels and mediums with different rules. Based on the different channels, there are some limitations since the license may be not transferable.
Now, let’s go to ensure which license can be transferred.
- If your system was upgraded from a retail version of Windows 7, 8, 8.1, you are able to transfer Windows 10 license to new computer. But according to Microsoft, it can be transferred for only one time.
- If you have a full retail version of Windows 10, you are able to transfer Windows 10 license to new hard drive of your new PC as many times as you can.
- If your computer came with pre-installed Windows 10 and you are using an OEM license, you couldn’t transfer it to another PC. Besides, if you free upgraded Windows 7 and 8.1 to Windows 10, a non-transferable OEM license still maintains on your machine.
- If you upgraded Windows 10 Home to Pro using Easy Upgrade, it is allowed to transfer Windows 10 license to new PC using Digital Licensing since the digital license is attached to your Microsoft account.
How to Transfer a Windows 10 License to Your New PC
To do this work, you need to remove the license from the old PC and then apply the same key to the new PC. Follow the steps below now.
Operation 1: Deactivate Windows 10 from Old Computer
Step 1: Run Command Prompt as administrator.
Step 2: Type the command: slmgr /upk and press Enter to remove the current license key. Then, the message “Uninstalled product key successfully” appears. If you don’t see it, run this command several times until you see it.
This process only removes the key from your old computer but won’t remove the activation from Microsoft servers. Then, you can reactivate your Windows 10 OS on another computer.
Operation 2: Reactive Windows 10 on Another PC
Step 1: Run Command Prompt with administrator privilege.
Step 2: Type this command: slmgr /ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx and press Enter to re-use this key on another PC. Here xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx refers to the license key.
Step 3: Type slmgr /dlv in the CMD window and press Enter.
Step 4: Check and ensure the License Status section is licensed. After all the steps are complete, the operating system has been reactivated.
Windows 10 activation problem has caused the deactivated computer issue, and this issue has been solved by Microsoft now.
Step 1: Press Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box
Step 2: Choose your country or region.
Step 3: Call the number provided on the Activation screen. Or you can open Contact Support to describe your situation. And then provide the Installation ID number.
Step 4: Confirm the installation ID and click Enter confirmation ID.
Step 5: Input the confirmation ID offered by Microsoft support and then click Activate Windows.
In conclusion, you can easily transfer Windows 10 license to new computer as long as you follow the above instructions. Then, you can enjoy some powerful features on the new PC.