1. Joined : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
       31 Aug 2015 #1

    Using an OEM version and want to upgrade to a retail version


    There's a good chance that my computer will need major new parts and I'm afraid that it will not activate when fixes. I would like to use the operation system that I already configured to my liking. Can I buy a retail version of Windows 10 and just use that new key to re-activate my already installed OEM version and maintain its retail rating?
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  2. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 610
    W10
       31 Aug 2015 #2

    In which country are you located?

    I am asking, because there are countries, e.g. n the European Union, in which hardware bundling is not allowed. Microsoft writes in their EULA that the software would be bundled anyway, obviously hoping that they could fool users or whatever, but this software in fact is not bundled and can be used on any other PC.
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  3. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 129
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
       31 Aug 2015 #3

    I'm in the USA.

    Are you saying that my OEM version can be put into a new computer?
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  4. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,888
    Windows 10 Pro
       31 Aug 2015 #4

    socklosk said: View Post
    Can I buy a retail version of Windows 10 and just use that new key to re-activate my already installed OEM version and maintain its retail rating?
    Yes, as long as it is for the same version (IE: Pro or home). If you end up with a Windows 10 that does not activate itself, on the activation screen will be a button to change product key - enter the retail key in there for the same version of Windows 10 and it should activate. In response to the other question you raised, in the US, the OEM license is for that one, specific computer only. Microsoft pretty much considers a new motherboard and/or new CPU to be the hardware change that makes a new computer.
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  5. Joined : Oct 2014
    New Jersey
    Posts : 679
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       31 Aug 2015 #5

    A cpu upgrade or change has nothing to do with activation, it will not affect it at all.

    A CPU change/upgrade is just like adding memory or installing a GPU.

    The only ridiculus company I`ve ever seen make a claim like that is Dell.
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  6. Joined : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro
       31 Aug 2015 #6

    AddRAM said: View Post
    A cpu upgrade or change has nothing to do with activation, it will not affect it at all.
    You have done this and know this for a fact? Or only in theory?
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  7. Joined : Oct 2014
    New Jersey
    Posts : 679
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       31 Aug 2015 #7

    Many times on many machines, it`s what I do.

    The only hting that matters is the motherboard and/or when you put a system on a new drive, but all you have to do is make a phone call to MS and be nice.
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  8. Joined : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro
       31 Aug 2015 #8

    AddRAM said: View Post
    Many times on many machines, it`s what I do.

    The only hting that matters is the motherboard and/or when you put a system on a new drive, but all you have to do is make a phone call to MS and be nice.
    And hundreds of people have upgraded their hard drives and have not required new activation.
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  9. Joined : Oct 2014
    New Jersey
    Posts : 679
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       31 Aug 2015 #9

    Yep, that can be done too, probably millions of people I never said it couldn`t be done or wouldn`t activate, I only said it`s the only time it matters.

    It`s hit or miss, you do a clone to a new drive it may activate it may not, you install a new system on a new drive, it may activate with the same oem key, it may not. In either case all you do is make a robo call or talk to someone nicely at MS and explain the situation.

    With upgrades from an earlier OS to 10, that`s all different and may not work at all. Apparently the servers keep a record of what was upgraded from what etc. and on what hardware. ( Meaning what motherboard )
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