1.    27 Aug 2016 #1

    Migrate W10 Anniversary version to an upgraded PC?


    I have two old systems running W10 with the Anniversary update applied. I want to upgrade the MB and Processor on these systems but don't want to buy yet another copy of Windows. The last time I ran into this issue the Microsoft CSR said I'd have to go back to the W8 CD/Key and go thru the updating process - W8, W8.1, W10, W10 update and now W10 Anniversary update. It seems Microsoft has a data base of where (MB and CPU) W10 is installed and does not like it when you try to update to new hardware with an update version of W10. I got the message that W10 was installed on another system and I needed to purchase a new key at activation time. Luckily, I had a "spare W8 key" and was able to get around the problem. Before I go buy a Linux Bible, is there a way to keep the W10 "key" from the old systems and migrate to newer hardware without having to spend many hours stepping thru the updates?
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       27 Aug 2016 #2

    IMHO, the free upgrade is non transferable. It free for the life of that device. Buy a new device and you need to buy a new Windows 10 License. The free upgrade is officially over. Installing the original Windows 8 and then upgrading to 10 will likely leave you with an unactivated Windows 10 install. I say likely because unofficially, some systems are still getting the free upgrade.

    You can clean install Windows 10 with a Windows 8 key. But as above, no guarantee it will activate.
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  3.    27 Aug 2016 #3

    Been there done that several times before the clock ran out on the free upgrade ...and... I've run out of W8 Pro Keys! I was hoping someone had found a way around the problem. Oh well, I put off Linux all these years but I have eight PC's running W10 Pro and I like to play with new hardware - I really don't want to give MSFT another ~$??? dollars for new W10 Pro Keys.
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       27 Aug 2016 #4

    You'll spend $$$ on new hardware but refuse to spend $$$ on new software to go with it? Buy a full Retail Windows license and you can transfer it from PC to PC. problem solved.
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       27 Aug 2016 #5

    Ken429 said: View Post
    Been there done that several times before the clock ran out on the free upgrade ...and... I've run out of W8 Pro Keys! I was hoping someone had found a way around the problem. Oh well, I put off Linux all these years but I have eight PC's running W10 Pro and I like to play with new hardware - I really don't want to give MSFT another ~$??? dollars for new W10 Pro Keys.

    Read this

    http://www.howtogeek.com/226510/how-...%99s-hardware/
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  6.    27 Aug 2016 #6

    AnEdge,

    Thanks for the information. I'll give it a try. MSFT must have had more that one person complaining and changed their approach with the Anniversary Update. Guess I'll wait to buy that Linux Bible!
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       27 Aug 2016 #7

    From the above link, >> "You Can’t Move a Free Windows 10 License to Another PC".
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       27 Aug 2016 #8
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       27 Aug 2016 #9

    Ken429 said: View Post
    I have two old systems running W10 with the Anniversary update applied. I want to upgrade the MB and Processor on these systems but don't want to buy yet another copy of Windows. The last time I ran into this issue the Microsoft CSR said I'd have to go back to the W8 CD/Key and go thru the updating process - W8, W8.1, W10, W10 update and now W10 Anniversary update. It seems Microsoft has a data base of where (MB and CPU) W10 is installed and does not like it when you try to update to new hardware with an update version of W10. I got the message that W10 was installed on another system and I needed to purchase a new key at activation time. Luckily, I had a "spare W8 key" and was able to get around the problem. Before I go buy a Linux Bible, is there a way to keep the W10 "key" from the old systems and migrate to newer hardware without having to spend many hours stepping thru the updates?
    I just re configured a new Core i5 HP CTO PC and added my formatted (now GPT ) SSD to boot windows insider builds for the daily driving OS .

    I installed 14905 from the saved ESD and the other data I scraped out of my 6 yr old upgraded but still OEM mainboard AMD 6 core HP PC HDD with a fried main board and it activated fine on the new PC and my formatted SSD *but it did note a major HDWE change and just wanted me to confirm the PC name was what they had in the box and I did that and it worked fine .

    All that might be another dialog and result either way but maybe still work somehow with a normally activated OS or upgrade licence if HTG is right and they recently revised the prior upgrade policy's to allow for a main board change or maybe a new PC build as long as you do not try it often on the same licence .

    I read the thing at HTG AnEdge kindly posted here a short while back anticipating this and not wanting to start another Win Insider acct .

    I was casually shopping the PC I just bought and bookmarked it before the old PC main board fried ,Imagine that I will fix it and do something with it though .

    After reading all that I belive You should be fine on the OEM , retail biuld or upgrade licence you have now
    Last edited by electronuser; 27 Aug 2016 at 14:03.
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