Are you in the market for a new computer? Here’s how to see if you don’t need to buy a new copy of Windows 10.
When you buy a new laptop or PC, Windows 10 is generally already installed and activated. However, if you’re having a custom PC constructed, this may not be the case, and you’ll have to spend extra money to acquire a real Windows licence.
If your new PC is replacing an older one, you may be able to transfer the Windows 10 licence to the new one without having to pay for a new licence. Today, we’ll look at how you may transfer the Windows 10 licence to a new PC.
Is Your Windows 10 License Transferable?
Microsoft’s licence transfer policies are extremely stringent, and not all Windows 10 licences are transferrable. A Windows 10 licence may only be transferred if it was purchased in a retail store. Enterprise licences purchased through the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and volume channel are non-transferable.
Every Windows 10 licence is tied to the motherboard of the computer. The Windows Activation Server will not recognise your licence if you try to utilise a product key from a non-transferable licence. You can accurately evaluate whether or not your Windows 10 licence is transferable to another PC after you understand the sort of licence you have.
First Verify Your Windows License
If you’re still not sure what kind of Windows 10 licence you have, you may use Command Prompt to find out.
Open Command Prompt, (Right click on it) and Run as Administrator. Type the following command:
You can transfer your Windows 10 licence to another PC if the Windows Script Host shows you have a retail licence. Whenever you have a volume or OEM licence, you will need to buy a new Windows 10 licence if you get a new PC.
Transferring Windows License Through Product Key
You must deactivate Windows on your original PC before transferring a Windows 10 licence using a product key. Then, using the same key, reactivate it on your new PC.
To deactivate Windows 10 on the original PC and transfer the licence to a new computer, follow these steps:
- By right-clicking This PC and choosing Properties, you may copy the existing product key. The Windows 10 product key should be found under the Windows activation area.
- In the Start menu, type Command Prompt, right-click on the best match and choose Run as administrator.
- To remove or deactivate the product key on the original PC, type the following command and press Enter.
- On your new PC, enter the product key during the Windows 10 installation process or activate Windows 10 through Settings.
- To activate Windows 10 through Settings—navigate to Update & security > Activation > Change the product key.
- Windows 10 will be enabled on the new PC immediately once you enter the product key. If you go to Settings > Update & security > Activation, you can see if Windows 10 is installed.
Using Microsoft Support To Activate Windows 10
You may also contact Microsoft support to activate Windows 10 on your new PC. Follow the steps below to do so:
- In the Start menu, type Command Prompt, right-click on the best match, and choose Run as administrator.
- Press Enter after typing the following command.
- Select your nation or area in the pop-up window that appears, then click the Next button.
- When prompted, call Microsoft customer service at the toll-free number given and provide the Installation ID.
- Enter the confirmation ID supplied by the support people by clicking the Enter confirmation ID button and typing it in.
- Finally, to finish the activation procedure, click Activate Windows.
Transfer Windows 10 Licence through a Microsoft Account
You may quickly transfer a Windows 10 retail licence without needing the product key if your Microsoft account is linked to your PC. Navigate to Settings > Update and security > Activation to see if your Windows 10 licence is connected to your Microsoft account. You’re set to go if you see the message “Windows is activated with a digital licence connected to your Microsoft account.”
Simply sign in to your Microsoft account on your new PC, and Windows 10 will activate your licence immediately through your Microsoft account.
Link Your Microsoft Account to a Windows 10 License
If you didn’t receive the notification, you may quickly link your Microsoft account to your Windows 10 licence by following these steps:
- To access Settings, go to the Start menu and select the gear symbol.
- Then, under Update and Security, select Activation.
- By clicking on Add an account, you may link your Microsoft account.
- Create a new account or log in with your existing Microsoft account.
- Your Windows licence will now be linked to your Microsoft account, and the digital licence activation notification will confirm this.
Transfer Windows 10 License To Another PC
If you’re qualified, you may easily transfer an existing Windows 10 licence to a new PC instead of buying a new one. This is a low-cost way to activate Windows 10 on a new computer.
Make sure your Windows 10 licence on the previous PC is transferred before deactivating it. You’ll have to buy a new Windows licence if the licence isn’t transferable. Always remember to get authentic Windows 10 licences rather than cracked or counterfeited ones.