Windows 10: I sell my PC and make a new one from parts. Can I keep my license ? Solved

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  1.    31 Aug 2015 #1

    I sell my PC and make a new one from parts. Can I keep my license ?


    If yes, how ?
    Thanks,
    Marron
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  2.    31 Aug 2015 #2

    Marron said: View Post
    If yes, how ?
    Thanks,
    Marron
    Which license are you talking about ?
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    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       31 Aug 2015 #3

    If you installed a retail copy then of course keep your license, a retail key is Gold. Format the drive, or pull the drive and sell it without one.

    If it`s an oem copy you purchased with a key you can keep that too.

    If the PC has it`s own COA with a key, then re install windows and use that key to activate it then sell it.

    If it was activated at the factory then that and the key on the COA goes with the PC, you can`t keep them keys.

    You can only keep a retail key or an oem key that you bought, but both of these keys must be removed from the PC before you sell it by using the method I 1st stated. Format the drive or just kep the drive.

    But bottom line is, if you sell the PC and it`s activated, then no, you can`t keep and use that key again.

    Confused ? Just ask again.
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  4.    31 Aug 2015 #4

    Marron said: View Post
    If yes, how ?
    Thanks,
    Marron
    No. The terms of the free upgrade are clear. The free version is free for the lifetime of the machine. The operating system is considered part of the hardware. (Actually it is because Win10 keeps stuff in your bios chip for example). Any change to major components such as the motherboard or CPU will require you to buy a new retail Win10.

    After the twelve month free period is over, and for those installing the paid retail version, Microsoft don't seem to clear as yet what will happen. In the past, a new mobo for example has required the user to re-activate, online or by phone. Now, with most users signed up to a Microsoft Account, signing-in is all that's required. The OS then looks at the bios chip to confirm it is installed on it's original machine and to retrieve the activation.
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    EL Capitan
       31 Aug 2015 #5

    Marron said: View Post
    If yes, how ?
    Thanks,
    Marron
    Um no, if you keep the OS installed on it.
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  6.    31 Aug 2015 #6

    bro67 said: View Post
    Um no, if you keep the OS installed on it.
    See the Microsoft EULA. Microsoft say:
    Q: What happens if I change the hardware configuration of my Windows 10 device?
    A: If the hardware configuration of your Windows 10 device changes significantly (e.g. motherboard change) Windows may require re-activation on the device. This is the same experience as prior versions of Windows (e.g. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1). The free upgrade offer will not apply to activation of Windows 10 in such scenarios where hardware changes reset Activation.

    As I said, you'll need to buy a licence.
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    Host W8.0 x64 Guest W10 x86
       31 Aug 2015 #7

    sn00ker said: View Post
    Which license are you talking about ?
    Device driver's license.
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  8. Posts : 92
    64-bit 10240 10 Pro
       31 Aug 2015 #8

    If you paid for Windows 10 then yes, if you got the free version NO.
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  9.    31 Aug 2015 #9

    brianwall said: View Post
    No. The terms of the free upgrade are clear. The free version is free for the lifetime of the machine. The operating system is considered part of the hardware. (Actually it is because Win10 keeps stuff in your bios chip for example). Any change to major components such as the motherboard or CPU will require you to buy a new retail Win10.

    After the twelve month free period is over, and for those installing the paid retail version, Microsoft don't seem to clear as yet what will happen. In the past, a new mobo for example has required the user to re-activate, online or by phone. Now, with most users signed up to a Microsoft Account, signing-in is all that's required. The OS then looks at the bios chip to confirm it is installed on it's original machine and to retrieve the activation.
    Please stop perpetuating this myth. The OS generates a unique hardware hash which is kept on the Microsoft servers for future comparison.
    Neither a Microsoft account or the BIOS comes into play.
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  10.    31 Aug 2015 #10

    Torquemada said: View Post
    Please stop perpetuating this myth. The OS generates a unique hardware hash which is kept on the Microsoft servers for future comparison.
    Neither a Microsoft account or the BIOS comes into play.
    This is not a myth. Since Win8, the product key is stored on the motherboard. At least for shop bought PCs.

    Zdnet: Windows is activated and should run normally. If, for any reason, you need to reinstall Windows 8 from the recovery partition or recovery discs, then the setup should recover the product key from the hardware, making it a lot less of a headache than having to read a string of tiny numbers off a sticker located somewhere awkward on your desktop or notebook PC.
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