Windows 10: Migrating Windows 10 OEM from old to new desktop

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  1.    29 May 2018 #1

    Migrating Windows 10 OEM from old to new desktop


    I have a 5-year-old HP desktop and I want to change it to a brand-new Dell desktop.
    I do not want to lose my system files or my personal files. I believe my HP desktop has an OEM version of Windows 10 home [was upgraded from Windows 7].
    Can I use a mirroring application like Macrium Reflect to migrate my system to a Dell desktop and activate my windows with Dell Windows 10 OEM ?

    Does Windows 10 home OEM come with activation code?

    Thank you
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  2.    29 May 2018 #2

    As long as both computers have run Windows 10 Home activated before, just use Macrium Reflect to image the old computer to a removable hard drive, then restore it to the new computer. It will automatically pick up the existing Windows 10 Home activation for the new computer and stay activated.
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  3.    30 May 2018 #3

    oh wow. But it's completely different hardware! Is it really that simple?

    Thank you Navy
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  4.    30 May 2018 #4

    Yes, it really is that simple. Example, may daughter's laptop had a video issue that we needed to send it back to the manufacturer for repairs. We took out the SSD from her laptop, stuck it in a completely different make and model laptop - it updated some drivers and activated just fine. Her laptop was returned, moved the SSD back to it, same thing - updated some drivers and activated just fine.

    Creating a backup image and restoring it to the new computer would be no different.
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  5.    30 May 2018 #5

    I just finished contacting Dell sales department through chat and they told me "it is not possible to transfer system files/OS to new computer"!
    I am kind of dismayed because of the conflicting information and I am a disabled person!
    I want to avoid at all cost installing every program and setting up my desktop the way I prefer it!
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  6.    30 May 2018 #6

    Did your daughter 's Windows 10 linked to a Microsoft account? Or no need to do this?
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       30 May 2018 #7

    I cases of OEMs I believe that you cannot do this unfortunately.

    The license is tied with the motherboard and activation will fail.
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  8.    30 May 2018 #8

    2times2 said: View Post
    Did your daughter 's Windows 10 linked to a Microsoft account? Or no need to do this?
    Not if both computers already have digital licenses for the same edition of Windows 10, and as long as the Windows 10 that was running on them was activated they have digital licenses.

    RoasterMen said: View Post
    I cases of OEMs I believe that you cannot do this unfortunately.

    The license is tied with the motherboard and activation will fail.
    Not if both computers in question already have digital licenses for Windows 10 established for them.

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  9.    01 Jun 2018 #9

    The digital signature takes a picture of the hardware in which the machine is activated and store it on the MS server. If you move it to another the digital signature will not match and it will create an activation error. Plus HP and Dell OEM would be part of the digital signature and cause an issue. When MS licenses OEM Windows the Keys for Dell and HP are used to ID the OEM. If the Dell is a new PC with Windows installed in the factory the key would identify it as a Dell and your trying to add WIndows OEM licensed to HP. Also this would be considered imaging which is a violation of the MS licensing agreement. Windows 10 Enterprise license is the only Windows the allows imaging. Now Windows 10 Home and Pro allow you to create an image of your machine but you can only install that image to the same machine. Windows 10 Enterprise allow you to create 1 image and install it on a 1000 pc's.
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  10.    01 Jun 2018 #10

    The new PC has it's own licence - the old licence is irrelevant - there is no transfer - a new DL is attained on the restored image using the firmware key.

    Dell must have been referring to drivers and the like which rightly should not be restored on a different PC.
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