How to Transfer a Windows 10 License to Another PC

Transfer a Windows 10 License

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.
Windows 10 is generally already installed and activated when you buy a new laptop or PC.

However, if you have a custom PC constructed, this may not be the case, and you’ll have to spend extra money to acquire an actual 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 paying 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 incredibly stringent, and not all Windows 10 licences are transferrable. A Windows 10 licence may only be transferred if 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 unsure 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:

slmgr -dli

If the Windows Script Host shows you have retail permission, you can transfer your Windows 10 licence to another PC. 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:

slmgr.vbs /upk

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:

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Transfer Windows 10 Licence through a Microsoft Account

If your Microsoft account is linked to your PC, you may quickly transfer a Windows 10 retail licence without needing the product key. 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 might quickly link your Microsoft account to your Windows 10 licence by following these steps:

Transfer Windows 10 License To Another PC

If you’re qualified, you may quickly 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.

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