If yes, how ?
If yes, how ?
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.
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.
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.
If you paid for Windows 10 then yes, if you got the free version NO.
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.