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  1. Joined : Jun 2016
    Posts : 74
    Windows 10 Pro
       1 Week Ago #1

    Moving Win10 (upgrade Win7 Full Retail Licence) to another PC


    Hi
    I have on my laptop a win10 pro installation that was a fresh install using the win7 pro (retail) key.

    I have just used ShowKeyPlus and it says that a "Windows 7 OEM marker present in firmware". Is this correct? Does it stop me from moving this licence to a new laptop? Should it?

    Although it is a year since I used the Win7 Pro key I don't recognise the one that has appeared in ShowKeyPlus - might it be a new one for win10 based on the win7 key? Or should it be the Win7 key?

    Thanks in advance for any help and advice.
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  2.    1 Week Ago #2

    So your removing win10 from one of and putting it on another is that correct? Being a new PC you should buy a new copy of Windows
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  3. Joined : Oct 2014
    New Jersey
    Posts : 687
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       1 Week Ago #3

    It`s most likely the generic W10 key.

    Why would you have to move anything, the new laptop will come with W10.
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  4. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 84
    trying to install win10
       1 Week Ago #4

    Probably doesn't come with Pro.

    He could try transferring the Pro installation to another partition on the new machine. It might activate via his MS account.



    AddRAM said: View Post
    Why would you have to move anything, the new laptop will come with W10.
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,897
    Windows 10 Pro
       1 Week Ago #5

    kevvyb said: View Post
    I have just used ShowKeyPlus and it says that a "Windows 7 OEM marker present in firmware". Is this correct?
    Yes

    kevvyb said: View Post
    Does it stop me from moving this licence to a new laptop? Should it?
    No.

    kevvyb said: View Post
    Although it is a year since I used the Win7 Pro key I don't recognise the one that has appeared in ShowKeyPlus - might it be a new one for win10 based on the win7 key? Or should it be the Win7 key?

    Thanks in advance for any help and advice.
    The product key shown as the Installed Key will be the product key that is currently installed on the installed operating system. So if it is an activated version of Windows, the product key shown there will be for that version of Windows.

    When you do an in place upgrade from Windows 7 or 8, the old product key from that Windows 7 or 8 will be shown as the "Original Key".

    If you did a clean install of Windows 10, then used the Windows 7 product key to activate it, I do not believe it will show up as the "Original Key". The Original Key will only show up if you did an in place upgrade of Windows 7 or 8.
    @Superfly, can you confirm the last statement, please?
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  6.    1 Week Ago #6

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    If you did a clean install of Windows 10, then used the Windows 7 product key to activate it, I do not believe it will show up as the "Original Key". The Original Key will only show up if you did an in place upgrade of Windows 7 or 8.
    @Superfly, can you confirm the last statement, please?
    Affirmative.

    The Win 7 key used to activate Win 10 will only be used to create a Genuine Ticket for the activation server to provide a digital licence. It won't be retained.

    As you correctly stated - the only time a non-Win 10 key will be stored on a Win 10 installation is if it was an upgrade from a previous version of Windows - it will then display as the "Original key"
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  7. Joined : Jun 2016
    Posts : 74
    Windows 10 Pro
       1 Week Ago #7

    Thank you all for your replies. Very helpful.
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  8. Joined : Dec 2015
    Posts : 2,453
    Windows10
       1 Week Ago #8

    Samuria said: View Post
    So your removing win10 from one of and putting it on another is that correct? Being a new PC you should buy a new copy of Windows
    Absolutely incorrect. It is totally permissible to reinstall Windows 10 on new pc, if upgraded from a retail licence of Windows 7 (Section 4b - EULA).

    OP - all you need to do is ensure you are using version 1607 on old pc, and logged in with an MS account. Then install 1607 on new pc, and use the activation troubleshooter to transfer the digital licence to new PC, and then delete Windows from old PC.
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  9. Joined : Jun 2016
    Posts : 74
    Windows 10 Pro
       1 Week Ago #9

    Absolutely incorrect. It is totally permissible to reinstall Windows 10 on new pc, if upgraded from a retail licence of Windows 7 (Section 4b - EULA).
    My god there is a lot of misinformation out there then....
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  10. Joined : Jun 2016
    Posts : 74
    Windows 10 Pro
       1 Week Ago #10

    cereberus, I don't have my installation linked to a Microsoft account. Could I link it then cut that link again to revert to local account?
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