If you bought a new computer, but Windows 10 is not pre-installed on it, or you have assembled a computer yourself, then you may need to install a new Windows 10, which may cost you more than 100 to more than 200 US dollars. But one solution is to transfer the Windows 10 license on the old PC to the new computer. This will save you a lot of money. However, it is not easy for a computer beginner to complete this task. First you need to disable the Windows activation key on the old computer through some steps, then use the key to activate your Windows 10 system on the new device. However in this article, you will clearly understand how to migrate the Windows 10 license from an old device to a new computer.
Part 1. Determine if your Windows 10 License can be Transferred
First you need to determine if your Windows license is eligible for transfer. We can tell from the following situations:
1. Windows 10 license on your computer is a retail version. No matter your system is upgraded from windows7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, to Windows 10, as long as the license is a retail version, it can be transferred to a new computer.
2. Windows 10 license on your computer is the OEM version. In this case, whether your Windows 10 system upgraded from Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or it was originally a Windows 10 system, both licenses cannot be to a new computer.
We can know your version of Windows 10 through the information on the product box, or we can also enter command line in CMD to see our Windows license type.
Step 1: Open the Command Prompt by typing CMD in the Start/taskbar/run box and then hitting the Enter key.
Step 2: At the Command Prompt window, type the following command and press the Enter key.
Below shows Windows 10 in my computer is retail version.
Note that the Windows system installed on the two computers where the license is transferred must be the unified version. For example, if the Windows 10 installed on the computer on your old device is the home version, you can only use the license is transferred to a computer with Windows Home edition.
Another point is that if your computer is just replacing the hard disk, then it is not necessary to transfer the license, because Windows recognizes the motherboard to determine whether the computer has been replaced. So in this case you just need to reinstall Windows and it will be activated automatically.
Part 2. How to transfer Window 10 license to new computer with deactivation
Let’s talk about how to transfer Windows 10 license to a new computer through deactivate license in the old computer and re-activate it on the new computer.
Deactivating Windows 10 license on old computer
Step 1. We need to click the start menu button in the lower left corner and search for cmd, the command prompt tool. After we found the tool, right click on the tool and select Run as administrator
Step 2, after running the command prompt program, we enter the following command in the window.
After this program prompts to run successfully, it means that you have successfully uninstalled the Windows product key on the old computer.
Step 3. Now that you have uninstalled your Windows 10 license on the current computer, it’s best to clear the product key from the registry as well. To do that, type the following command and then hit the Enter key.
Then we can transfer the license to another computer. But even if the Windows system on the old computer has been disabled, you can still use the Windows system, but some of its functions will be limited and it will no longer be a genuine operating system.
Activating Windows 10 license on new computer
Next how do we use the product key on the old computer to activate the Windows 10 system on the new computer.
First we still open the command prompt program as before and type in the window (Replace “xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx” with your actual product key).
slmgr.vbs /ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx
Then run this command. under normal circumstances. It will prompt the activation is successful,
Alternatively, you can follow this path to activate the new computer: Start Menu -> Settings -> Update & security -> Activation -> Change the product key. Here, enter the license key and you are done.
Note that you must uninstall the activation password on the old computer, and the version of the activation key on the old computer and the new computer must be consistent, otherwise a corresponding error will be prompted. One more thing to note is even the same version, such as Windows 10. Its activation key for earlier versions may not necessarily work with the latest versions of keys, such as Windows 10 (1803) and Windows 10 (1903).
Part 3. Transfer Windows 10 license through Microsoft account
There is another way to transfer Windows 10 license key. That is through a Microsoft account. But your windows10 license must be a retail version.
Step 1. On the old computer. Click the start menu button, then click Settings -> Accounts -> Your Info and click on “Sign in with a Microsoft Account Instead“. Now, enter your account credentials and link the PC to your Microsoft account.
Step 2. Return to the main interface of the Settings application. Select Update & security -> Activation. Check if it shows “Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account“.
Step 3. On a new computer. Sign in with the same Microsoft account. Then open Settings -> Update & security -> Activation. You will see that your new system has been activated automatically.
In conclusion, you can easily transfer the Windows 10 activation key to another computer through the above method. This will reduce your unnecessary expenses. Of course, the above situation only applies to both computers with same version of Windows 10 license. If you need to upgrade to an advanced version, such as the home version to the Pro version, you need to purchase a new license key. You can directly use the new key to activate your new computer through the above steps, which will be very easy.