Transfer windows 10 license to new computer / Hard drive

Looking for switching to a new PC, And thinking about the windows 10 license installed on old computer or purchase a new Windows 10 license for the new computer? Here this post we discuss How To transfer the windows 10 license to a new computer. Or if you planned to upgrade HDD to SSD this post is very helpful for you as here we discuss how to uninstall the current windows 10 license and activate the same on a different computer or HDD/SSD.

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Note Before transfer the windows 10 license to a new computer

By transferring, means we are going to uninstall the license form the old computer in order to install it to another new computer. As the same Windows 10 license cannot be used simultaneously in two computers.

There are three types of Windows license key, OEM, Retail, and Volume. If your license is retail or volume, or if you upgraded from a retail copy of Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1, the Windows 10 license carries the retail rights from which it was derived – can be transferred. But under Microsoft’s rules, you are only entitled to a one time transfer.

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However, OEM copy is designed to be locked to the hardware they were originally installed on. Microsoft doesn’t want you to be able to move those OEM copies of Windows to another computer. If you have to move an OEM license to another computer, you can call the support staff of Micrrrooosoft to activate the license for you.

If you have a full retail copy of Windows 10, you can transfer it as many times as you want.

When transferring a product key to a new device, bear in mind that you can only activate the same edition of Windows 10. For instance, if you uninstall a Windows 10 Home product key, you can only activate another computer running the Home edition.

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How to transfer a Windows 10 product key to a new PC

First of all, make sure you have the license key written down on a paper with you. If you don’t, download and Run produkey to find your Windows 10 product key.

Backup Windows 10 product key

Uninstall the Windows 10 product key from the current computer

To uninstall the product key from a device,

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select Run as administrator.
  3. Type the following command to uninstall the product key and press Enter:slmgr /upk

Uninstall the Windows 10 product key

This command will uninstall the product key, which will free the license or the product key for use on another computer. Note: If you don’t see the “Uninstalled product key successfully” message, try to run the command multiple times until you see the message.

Activate Windows 10 on the new computer

Now to activate Windows 10 on your new PC with the old uninstalled license. Just follow the below guidelines to wake up Windows 10 now:

1. Go to Settings > System.
2. Click About, click Activate and then enter the uninstalled Windows 10 license to activate it on your new PC.
Wait for the process to complete and then you shall be able to use transferred Windows 10 on your new PC again.

enter windows 10 product key

Installing Windows 10 product key using Command Prompt

Also using the command prompt you can activate the license on the new device with a fresh installation of Windows 10 without a license, to do this:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select Run as administrator.
  3. Type the following command to install the product key on the new device and press Enter:slmgr /ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx

Note: Replace xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxxwith your product key

Activate windows key using command prompt

Now use the command to slmgr /dlv to confirm the Activation. Make sure you have connected to the internet before performing these actions.

check license activation status

Manually activate windows 10 through telephone or use Contact Support

Also, you can manually reactivate your OEM license copy through telephone or use Contact Support. To do this Press Windows key + R then type: slui.exe 4 then hit Enter on your keyboard. You will now get an activation wizard. Choose your country and click Next.

select activation region

Call on the number that you see on the Activation screen or launch Contact Support to explain your situation to the Microsoft Answer Tech over the phone; She/he will ask for the Installation ID that you see on screen and help you further activation.

installation id for support call

The agent will verify your product key, then provide a confirmation ID for reactivating Windows 10.

Type the confirmation ID provided by the Microsoft support agent to activate your copy again.

Click the Activate Windows button as directed on the screen.

windows 10 confirmation id

After completing the steps, Windows 10 should be activated on the new computer.

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